Miami Heat 2013 Player Profile: Mario Chalmers

By Jared Doyle
Mario Chalmers
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Mario Chalmers has been a vital part of the Miami Heat’s roster since he was given the starting point guard position in 2008. After being acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves via trade during the draft, Chalmers not only started in all 82 games that season, but averaged 10.0 PPG, 4.9 APG, 2.8 RPG and 1.95 STLPG as well.

Chalmers also set a Heat record with steals in a game, getting nine in just his fourth game in the NBA.

Although his 2012-2013 numbers aren’t as high as his rookie year, Chalmers has made countless huge plays for the Heat, especially during their last three postseason runs. Chalmers is the ideal point guard for the Heat. Not only can he drive into the lane and score efficiently, but he can also shoot quite well from beyond the arc.

Being an efficient shooter causes the defense to stay on that shooter, allowing players like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to get to the hoop that much easier.

The one area that Chalmers could improve on going into the 2013-2014 season is his turnover rate.

Last season, Chalmers averaged 1.5 turnovers per game while averaging 8.6 PPG. There seems to be a trend for Chalmers in that the more points he scores on average per game, the more turnovers he acquires. Of course, this is due to more playing time, but if he is to become a lethal scorer, he will need to average more PPG, while lowering his turnover ratio.

Chalmers would become the ideal fit alongside the Heat’s Big Three if he can do this in 2013.

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