Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round (34th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft…draft rights were acquired by the HEAT in exchange for two 2009 second-round draft picks and cash considerations on June 26, 2008…signed by the HEAT on July 9, 2008…re-signed by the HEAT on December 9, 2011.
Has appeared in 225 NBA regular season games during his three-year NBA career and has made 132 starts…has averaged 7.9 points, 3.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.45 steals and 26.7 minutes while shooting 40.9 percent from the floor, 35 percent from three-point range and 77.8 percent from the foul line…has missed 15 games due to injury…ranks among Miami's all-time leaders in steals (8th), three-point field goals attempted (8th), three-point field goals made (tied-9th), assists (12th), minutes played (19th), games played (tied-19th) and three-point field goal percentage (22nd)…owns the HEAT's single-game steals record (9 vs. Philadelphia on Nov. 5, 2008)…has scored in double figures 76 times, including seven games with at least 20 points and one 30-point effort…his longest streak of consecutive games scoring in double figures is seven (Nov. 28, 2008-Dec. 12, 2008)…has handed out double-figure assists twice and has posted one double-double…his longest streak of consecutive games played is 128 (Oct. 29, 2008-Jan. 29, 2010)…his longest streak of consecutive starts is 104 (Oct. 29, 2008-Dec. 13, 2009)…his longest streak of consecutive games with a steal is 12 (Dec. 15, 2008-Jan. 9, 2009)…his high for consecutive field goals made is nine (Jan. 21-24, 2009)…his longest stretch of consecutive games with a three-point field goal is 13 (Nov. 28, 2008-Dec. 26, 2008)…has converted a pair of four-point plays (Feb. 23, 2010 vs. Minnesota and Dec. 14, 2008 at Memphis)…has registered 93 multi-steal games and one multi-block game…has appeared in 33 NBA postseason games (eight starts) and has averaged 8.1 points, 2.7 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 1.52 steals and 26.4 minutes while shooting 43 percent from the field, 36 percent from three-point range and 75 percent from the foul line…has scored in double figures on 10 occasions, including two 20-point efforts…ranks among the HEAT's all-time postseason leaders in steals (3rd), assists (6th), three-point field goals attempted (7th), three-point field goals made (tied-7th) and games (10th).
Saw action in 70 games (28 starts) for the HEAT and averaged 6.4 points (.399 FG%, .871 FT%), 2.5 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 1.09 steals and 22.6 minutes…missed six games from Mar. 23-Apr. 1 due to a sprained right knee…was a DNP-CD on six occasions…set a single-season career high in free throw percentage…ranked third on the HEAT in both total steals and steals per game…topped the HEAT in steals 22 times, in assists five times and in blocks on four occasions…was Miami's leading scorer off the bench 15 times and also topped the HEAT reserves in assists 27 times and in minutes on 14 occasions…scored in double figures on 17 occasions…handed out double-figure assists once…his game-high 13 assists at Toronto in the season finale on Apr. 13 matched his career high…Season Highs: 16 points (vs. Indiana, Feb. 8), 13 assists (at Toronto, Apr. 13), six rebounds (twice), three steals (six times), one block (seven times) and 39:56 minutes (vs. Atlanta, Jan. 18).
Appeared in 73 games (22 starts) for the HEAT and averaged 7.1 points (.401 FG%, .745 FT%), 3.4 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 1.25 steals and 24.8 minutes…missed nine games (Jan. 30-Feb. 17) with a sprained left thumb suffered at Detroit on Jan. 29…when he sat out at Milwaukee on Jan. 30 it was the first game of his career that he missed and snapped his consecutive games played streak at a career-high 128 games…the streak, which began on Oct. 29, 2008 and ended on Jan. 29, 2010, was the fifth longest in HEAT history…additionally he started the first 22 games of the 2009-10 season to run his streak of consecutive starts to 104 games, the streak ended when he came off the bench on Dec. 15 vs. Toronto…ranked among the NBA leaders in steals per turnover (19th) and steals (33rd)…ranked second on the HEAT in three-point field goals, assists and steals and third in three-point field goal attempts…led the HEAT in scoring twice, in steals 29 times, in assists on 14 occasions and in minutes, rebounds and blocks one time each…scored in double figures 19 times, including two games with at least 20 points and one 30-point performance…scored a career-high 30 points at Toronto on Nov. 20…Season Highs: 30 points (at Toronto, Nov. 20), nine assists (vs. New Orleans, Nov. 22), seven rebounds (at Memphis, Feb. 19), four steals (three times), two blocks (at Oklahoma City, Jan. 16) and 42:08 minutes (vs. New Jersey, Apr. 14).
Started all 82 games for the HEAT and averaged 10.0 points (.420 FG%, .767 FT%), 4.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.95 steals and 32.0 minutes…was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team…was the only HEAT player to start and play in all 82 games, becoming just the fifth player in franchise history (only rookie) to start all 82 games in a season…ranked among the NBA leaders in steals per game (4th), steals per turnover (7th) and assists per game (26th)…finished among the NBA rookie leaders in steals per game (1st), assists per game (3rd), minutes per game (5th), free throw percentage (9th), three-point field goal percentage (9th), scoring average (12th) and rebounds per game (16th)…set HEAT rookie record for starts, three-point field goals made and attempted and steals and tied the record for games played…finished among the HEAT all-time rookie leaders in minutes (2nd), assists (2nd), free throw percentage (3rd) and three-point field goal percentage (3rd)…set the franchise record for steals in a game with nine vs. Philadelphia on Nov. 5…finished second on the team in minutes, three-point field goals made and attempted, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio and steals…led the team in scoring three times, in steals on 31 occasions, in assists 24 times, in minutes in eight contests, in blocks three times and in rebounds twice…scored in double figures on 40 occasions, including five games with at least 20 points…handed out double-figure assists twice and recorded one double-double…hit a career-high six three-point field goals vs. Cleveland on Dec. 30 to tie the HEAT rookie single-game record…recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 13 assists vs. Charlotte on Feb. 8…made his NBA debut at New York on Oct. 29 and had 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in 35:46 of action…Season Highs: 23 points (twice), 13 assists (vs. Charlotte, Feb. 8), nine steals (vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 5), seven rebounds (three times), one block (eight times) and 52:57 minutes (vs. Utah, Mar. 14).
2011: Appeared in all 21 games (one start) for the HEAT and averaged 7.8 points (.435 FG%, .719 FT%), 2.1 assists, 1.9 rebounds, 1.29 steals and 24.3 minutes…scored in double figures six times, including one 20-point performance…led the HEAT in three-point field goals made, ranked second in three-point attempts and third in assists and steals…averaged 7.4 points (.371 FG%, .500 FT%), 2.2 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 1.60 steals and 24.6 minutes in the Opening Round vs. Philadelphia…recorded postseason career highs in three-point field goals made (6) and attempted (12) and matched his postseason high with 20 points off the bench in the decisive Game 5 vs. Philadelphia on Apr. 27…his 20-point effort in Game 5 was just the seventh 20-point game off the bench in HEAT postseason history…led Miami in three-point field goals made and attempted vs. the 76ers and tied for the team lead in steals…averaged 5.4 points (.423 FG%, 1.000 FT%), 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.20 steals and 25.0 minutes in the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Boston…averaged 5.6 points (.625 FG%, .667 FT%), 0.80 steals, 0.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 18.0 minutes in the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Chicago…averaged 11.8 points (.426 FG%, .739 FT%), 3.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 1.50 steals and 29.0 minutes in the NBA Finals vs. Dallas…his 11.8 ppg scoring average vs. Dallas in the 2011 Finals is his highest in a playoff series…2010: Came off the bench in all five games of Miami's Opening Round series vs. Boston and averaged 10.8 points (.450 FG%, .846 FT%), 2.6 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 26.2 minutes…ranked second on the HEAT in scoring, free throws made and attempted and assists and third in three-point field goals made and attempted…scored in double figures three times, including one 20-point effort…led the HEAT in assists once…had a postseason career-high 20-point effort off the bench in Game 5 on Apr. 27…2009: Started all seven games in Miami's Opening Round series vs. Atlanta and averaged 7.3 points (.400 FG%, .714 FT%), 4.4 assists, a team-high 2.86 steals, 2.7 rebounds and 33.0 minutes…tied the HEAT franchise record for steals in a seven-game series with a team-high 20…ranked second on the team in assists and third in minutes played…scored in double figures once…recorded multiple steals in six of the seven games…tied the HEAT postseason single-game record with five steals in Game 6 vs. Atlanta on May 1…made his NBA postseason debut with eight points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 34 minutes in Game 1 at Atlanta on Apr. 19.
2008-09: Was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
Played three seasons at Kansas and averaged 12.2 points, 3.8 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 2.57 steals and 28.5 minutes while shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from three-point range and 76.7 percent from the foul line in 110 games (96 starts)…finished his career ranked among the Jayhawks' all-time leaders in steals (2nd), three-point field goals made (6th), assists (12th) and scoring (24th)…was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 NCAA Final Four…hit one of the biggest shots in NCAA Tournament history as his three-point field goal with 2.1 seconds left in the 2008 NCAA Tournament Championship game tied the score, forcing overtime and helped propel Kansas to a win over Memphis…led the Big 12 in steals all three years of his career and set the Kansas single-season record as a sophomore in 2006-07 and matched it the following year as a junior…led KU in assists as both a freshman and junior…earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors and was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team as a junior in 2007-08…was selected to the Big 12 All-Conference Third Team, named the Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-Defensive Team honors as a sophomore…earned All-Defensive Team, All-Rookie Team and Third Team All-Conference honors from the Associated Press as a freshman in 2005-06…named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2006 Big 12 Championship…twice won national Freshman of the Week honors and once Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors…won the team's Clyde Lovellette Most Improved Player Award in 2005-06…set a Big 12 freshman single-season record for steals.
Full name is Almario Vernard Chalmers…parents are Ronnie and Almarie Chalmers…his dad was his coach at Bartlett H.S. in Anchorage where he won two state championships and was the Director of Basketball Operations at Kansas while he played for the Jayhawks and won a national championship…was named the Alaska 4A Player of the Year three times during his high school career…has a sister (Roneka Chalmers)…has a son (Zachiah A'mario Chalmers)…his cousin, Lionel Chalmers, played for the L.A. Clippers and his cousin, Chris Smith, played for the Minnesota Timberwolves…chose his late grandmother Ethel Mae Evans as the person that made the biggest difference in his life and chose a framed picture of her as his most prized possession…majored in African-American studies at Kansas…has his own charitable foundation (The Mario V. Chalmers Foundation) which was certified in February 2009…the mission of his foundation is to create and support community based programs that encourage the positive development of youth through sports and education and fund initiatives for breast cancer research and treatment…his foundation donated $25,000 to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association to establish the first "Mario's Closet", a specialty shop that opened in July 2011 with a variety of free and low cost accessories for cancer patients…his foundation hosts the annual National Championship Classic Golf Event and the Mario V. Chalmers Basketball Camp for boys and girls grades 6-12 in Lawrence, KS each year…his favorite sport other than basketball is football…wears size 13 sneakers.
|REGULAR SEASON CAREER HIGHS:|
|MINS:||52:57, vs. Utah (3-14-09)|
|FGM:||9, at Toronto (11-20-09)|
|FGA:||16, at Boston (3-18-09)|
|3-PT FGM:||6, vs. Cleveland (12-30-08)|
|3-PT FGA:||10, vs. Houston (11-24-08)|
|FTM:||9, at New York (12-25-09)|
|FTA:||12, at New York (12-25-09)|
|OR:||3, at Dallas (4-1-09)|
|DR:||6, seven times (last: at Indiana, 2-15-11)|
|TOT:||7, four times (last: at Memphis, 2-19-10)|
|AST:||13, two times (last: at Toronto, 4-13-11)|
|STL:||9, vs. Philadelphia (11-5-08)|
|TO:||7, at Denver (1-7-09)|
|BLK:||2, at Oklahoma City (1-16-10)|
|PTS:||30, at Toronto (11-20-09)|
POSTSEASON CAREER HIGHS:
|MINS:||42:05, vs. Atlanta (5-1-09)|
|FGM:||7, two times (last: at Boston, 5-7-11)|
|FGA:||14, vs. Philadelphia (4-27-11)|
|3-PT FGM:||6, vs. Philadelphia (4-27-11)|
|3-PT FGA:||12, vs. Philadelphia (4-27-11)|
|FTM:||6, vs. Dallas (6-12-11)|
|FTA:||9, vs. Dallas (6-12-11)|
|OR:||2, three times (last: vs. Boston, 5-3-11)|
|DR:||4, four times (last: at Dallas, 6-7-11)|
|TOT:||5, vs. Atlanta (4-25-09)|
|AST:||8, vs. Atlanta (5-1-09)|
|STL:||5, vs. Atlanta (5-1-09)|
|TO:||4, two times (last: vs. Boston, 4-25-10)|
|BLK:||1, two times (last: at Chicago, 5-18-11)|
|PTS:||20, two times (last: vs. Philadelphia, 4-27-11)|