Miami Heat’s Mario Chalmers Playing More Like Mario and Less Like Wario
So much attention has been paid to LeBron James recently in light of his neck-and-neck race for MVP with Kevin Durant that some other players on the Miami Heat‘s roster aren’t garnering the attention they deserve. One such player who has been performing extremely well this season is none other than the Heat’s starting point guard, Mario Chalmers.
The starting point guard for the Heat has been on an absolute tear this season. Chalmers is averaging career-highs in points per game, assists per game and steals per game. This is all coupled with Chalmers shooting a career best 46 percent from the field. Oh by the way, on a team littered with three-point shooters, Chalmers is also shooting the highest clip from beyond the arc. That is extremely impressive, especially when Ray Allen is also on the same roster.
What seems to be the biggest step for Chalmers is how comfortable he looks on the court, especially when he has to play alongside the Big Three, who demand a good chunk of the ball’s time. He told Shandel Richardson of the Sun-Sentinel:
“Just being around these guys three or four years, it’s really helped me a lot. I just know where to put the ball where they need it.”
Chalmers has also taken a huge step forward on the defensive end. The speedy point guard is defending the pick and roll better than any other guard in the league, allowing his opponents to shoot just 30 percent from the field in those situations.
Chalmers has been playing a lot more like Mario and a lot less like Wario this season, but all of this impressive play will mean nothing if Chalmers isn’t able to sustain this type of dominance going forward. He is still under the league’s average for PER and is still turning the ball over at a high level. Even with these faults, the Heat’s coaching staff still sees a player who isn’t afraid to shy away from the big shot and a player who is absolutely crucial to the Heat’s three-peat hopes. Now the rest of the NBA fanbase needs to view Chalmers the same way.
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