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PROFESSIONAL CAREER:
Has appeared in 439 NBA regular season games during his six-year NBA career and has made 346 starts…has averaged 8.6 points, 3.8 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 1.51 steals and 27.5 minutes while shooting 42.7 percent from the floor, 37.3 percent from three-point range and 77.5 percent from the foul line…has missed 27 games due to injury, one game due to an NBA suspension and has been a DNP-CD on nine occasions…ranks among Miami’s all-time leaders in steals (3rd), three-point field goals made (4th), three-point field goal attempts (4th), assists (5th), games played (8th), starts (9th), minutes played (9th), free throw percentage (11th), field goal attempts (13th), points (14th), field goals made (15th), three-point field goal percentage (15th), defensive rebounds (15th), double-figure scoring efforts (15th), free throws made (16th), free throws attempted (17th), field goal percentage (19th) and total rebounds (22nd) …owns the HEAT’s single-game steals record (9 vs. Philadelphia on Nov. 5, 2008)…shares the HEAT singlegame record for three-point field goals made (10 at Sacramento on Jan. 12, 2013)…has scored in double figures 170 times, including 14 games with at least 20 points and two 30-point efforts…his longest streak of consecutive games scoring in double figures is seven and has occurred twice (Nov. 28, 2008-Dec. 12, 2008 and Jan. 10-22, 2012)…has handed out double-figure assists six times and has posted two double-doubles…his longest streak of consecutive games played is 128 (Oct. 29, 2008-Jan. 29, 2010)…his longest streak of consecutive starts is 214 (Dec. 25, 2011-present)…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)…has recorded 159 multi-trey games…his longest stretch of consecutive games with a three-point field goal is 13 (Nov. 28, 2008-Dec. 26, 2008 and Apr. 6, 2013-Nov. 12, 2013)…has converted a pair of four-point plays (Dec. 14, 2008 at Memphis and Feb. 23, 2010 vs. Minnesota)…has registered 197 multi-steal games and two multi-block games…has appeared in 79 NBA postseason games (54 starts) and has averaged 9.4 points, 3.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.25 steals and 29.6 minutes while shooting 43.0 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from three-point range and 73.9 percent from the foul line…has scored in double figures on 31 occasions, including seven 20-point efforts…has grabbed double-figure rebounds once in the postseason…is Miami’s all-time postseason leader in both three-point field goals made and attempted and also ranks among the HEAT’s all-time postseason leaders in assists (3rd), steals (3rd), games (4th), minutes (4th), steals (tied-4th), field goals made attempted (6th), points (7th), field goals made (7th), free throws made (7th) and attempted (7th), double-figure scoring efforts (7th), defensive (8th) and total (8th) rebounds and 20-point efforts (8th).

2013-14 SEASON: Started each of the 73 games in which he appeared for the HEAT and averaged 9.8 points (.454 FG%, .742 FT%), 4.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.63 steals and 29.8 minutes…missed six games due to injury, one game as a result of an NBA suspension (Nov. 16 at Charlotte), and was a DNP-CD in the season finale vs. Philadelphia…ranked 13th in the NBA in steals per game, 29th in assists per game and 38th in three-point field goal percentage...set single-season career highs in field goal percentage, offensive rebounds and blocked shots…led the HEAT in three-point field goal percentage and steals per game and ranked second in assists and total steals…topped the HEAT in steals 25 times, in assists on 21 occasions, in blocks five times, in minutes on four occasions and in rebounds twice…scored in double figures 37 times, including one 20- point effort…handed out double-figure assists twice and recorded one double-double…connected on his 500th career three-point field goal at Philadelphia on Oct. 30 and his 500th career free throw at Portland on Dec. 28…played in his 400th NBA game vs. Charlotte on Jan. 18…Season Highs: 24 points (vs. Minnesota, Apr. 4), 11 assists (at Boston, Mar. 19), nine rebounds (twice), five steals (vs. Chicago, Oct. 29), two blocks (vs. Charlotte, Dec. 1) and 43:33 minutes (at Sacramento, Dec. 27).

2012-13 SEASON: Started all 77 games in which he appeared for the HEAT and averaged 8.6 points (.429 FG%, .795 FT%), 3.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 1.53 steals and 26.9 minutes…missed four games with a sprained right ankle (Mar. 29-Apr. 2 and Apr. 17) and was a DNP-CD on one occasion (Apr. 15)…ranked among the NBA leaders in steals per turnover (12th), steals per game (20th), three-point field goal percentage (25th) and threepoint field goals made (tied-41st)…set a single-season career high in three-point field goals made and three-point field goal percentage…ranked third on the HEAT in three-point field goals made and attempted, assists and steals…topped the HEAT in scoring, minutes and blocks twice each, in steals 24 times, in assists on seven occasions and in rebounds once…scored in double figures on 24 occasions including four games with at least 20 points and one 30-point performance…handed out double-figure assists twice…set career highs in points (34), field goals made (10) and three-point field goals made (10) and attempted (13) at Sacramento on Jan. 12…his 10 treys at Sacramento tied the HEAT single-game record, set a building record and were one shy of the NBA single-game high in 2012-13…scored his 3,000th career point at Orlando on Mar. 25…Season Highs: 34 points (at Sacramento, Jan. 12), 11 assists (twice), seven rebounds (vs. Indiana, Mar. 10), four steals (three times), one block (12 times) and 37:27 minutes (vs. Oklahoma City, Dec. 25).

2011-12 SEASON: Started all 64 games in which he appeared for the HEAT and averaged 9.8 points (.448 FG%, .792 FT%), 3.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 1.52 steals and 28.5 minutes…missed a pair of games due to injury…sat out on Feb. 8 at Orlando with a sprained left hand and missed the Apr. 22 game vs. Houston due to flu-like symptoms…ranked among the NBA leaders in steals per game (13th), total steals (13th), three-point field goals made (tied-28th), three-point field goal percentage (35th) and assists per game (40th)…led the HEAT in starts (for the second time in his career) and both three-point field goals made and attempted…topped Miami in scoring once, in steals 17 times, in assists on 11 occasions and in blocks and minutes four times each…scored in double figures on 33 occasions, including a pair of 20-point performances…scored in double figures in seven consecutive games from Jan. 10-22 to tie his career high…scored a season-high 29 points (including a team-high 13 in overtime) and set career highs in field goals made (10) and attempted (21) in Miami’s triple-overtime win at Atlanta on Jan. 5…matched his career high with six three-point field goals made and set a career high in three-point attempts with 12 vs. Sacramento on Feb. 21…finished fourth in the Three- Point Shootout at All-Star Weekend in Orlando…Season Highs: 29 points (at Atlanta, Jan. 5), eight assists (three times), seven rebounds (twice), five steals (twice), one block (11 times) and 49:09 minutes (at Atlanta, Jan. 5).

2010-11 SEASON: 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).

2009-10 SEASON: 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 careerhigh 128 games…the streak, which began on Oct. 29, 2008 and ended on Jan. 29, 2010, was the sixth 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…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).

2008-09 SEASON: 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 season-high six three-point field goals vs. Cleveland on Dec. 30 to tie the HEAT rookie single-game record…recorded his first career doubledouble 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 minutes…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).

NBA PLAYOFFS:
2014: Appeared in all 20 games (19 starts) for the Eastern Conference Champion HEAT and averaged 6.4 points (.423 FG%, .760 FT%), 3.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 26.7 minutes…ranked third on the team in both assists and steals…topped the HEAT in assists five times, in blocks four times, in steals three times and in minutes once…scored in double figures four times…started all four games in the Opening Round vs. Charlotte and averaged 9.0 points (.433 FG%, .714 FT%), 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 25.8 minutes…started all five games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Brooklyn and averaged 7.2 points (.419 FG%, .833 FT%), 4.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.60 steals and 30.0 minutes…led Miami in both assists and steals in the Brooklyn series…started all six games in the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Indiana and averaged 5.7 points (.483 FG%, .667 FT%), 3.5 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 27.7 minutes…appeared in all five games (four starts) of the NBA Finals vs. San Antonio and averaged 4.4 points (.333 FG%, .778 FT%), 2.8 assists, 1.4 rebounds, 1.00 steals and 23.2 minutes…2013: Started all 23 games for the NBA Champion HEAT and averaged 9.4 points (.415 FG%, .755 FT%), 3.1 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 28.3 minutes…ranked third on the team in assists…topped the HEAT in scoring, rebounds and blocks once each and in assists and steals four times each…scored in double figures nine times, including a pair of 20-point outings…became Miami’s all-time postseason leader in three-point field goals made vs. Milwaukee on Apr. 21 and its all-time postseason leader in three-point attempts at Chicago on May 13…averaged 6.5 points (.455 FG%, .571 FT%), 4.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.75 steals and 28.5 minutes in the Opening Round series vs. Milwaukee…averaged 7.4 points (.394 FG%, .667 FT%), 3.8 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 25.0 minutes in the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Chicago…averaged 11.3 points (.443 FG%, .905 FT%), 2.7 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 27.1 minutes in the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Indiana…led the HEAT in free throw percentage in the Indiana series and ranked third in scoring, field goals made, free throws made and attempted and in assists…set a postseason career high in free throws made with eight in Game 4 at Indiana on May 28…averaged 10.6 points (.388 FG%, .692 FT%), 2.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 31.6 minutes in the NBA Finals vs. San Antonio…2012: Started all 23 games for the NBA Champion HEAT and averaged 11.3 points (.442 FG%, .717 FT%), 3.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 1.22 steals and 35.6 minutes…ranked second on the HEAT in three-point field goals made and attempted and third in three-point field goal percentage, assists and steals…topped Miami in scoring once, in assists and steals five times each, in minutes on three occasions and in rebounds and blocks once each…scored in double figures 12 times, including three 20-point efforts and grabbed double-figure rebounds once…scored a postseason career-high 25 points in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Indiana on May 17 and matched that total in Game 4 of the NBA Finals vs. Oklahoma City on June 19…averaged 11.8 points (.426 FG%, .692 FT%), 4.4 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.60 steals and 36.0 minutes in the Opening Round vs. New York…topped Miami in three-point field goal percentage and ranked second in assists in the series vs. New York…handed out a postseason careerhigh nine assists in Game 1 vs. the Knicks on Apr. 28…averaged 10.8 points (.440 FG%, .833 FT%), 4.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 31.7 minutes in the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Indiana…was tied for the team high in three-point field goals made in the Indiana series…grabbed a postseason career-high 11 rebounds in Game 5 vs. Indiana on May 22…averaged 12.0 points (.456 FG%, .591 FT%), 4.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.14 steals and 38.1 minutes in the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Boston…the 12.0 ppg scoring average vs. Boston is the highest of his career in a playoff series…was second on the HEAT in assists and third in scoring vs. Boston…played a postseason career-high 45:18 minutes in Game 2 vs. Boston on May 30…averaged 10.4 points (.442 FG%, .857 FT%), 4.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds,1.80 steals and 36.6 minutes in the NBA Finals vs. Oklahoma City…led the HEAT in steals in the Finals and was second in both three-point field goals made and attempted…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…led the HEAT in three-point field goals made, ranked second in three-point attempts and third in assists and steals…scored in double figures six times, including one 20-point performance…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 tallied 20 points off the bench in the decisive Game 5 vs. Philadelphia on Apr. 27…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%), 0.6 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…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 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 teamhigh 20…ranked second on the team in assists and third in minutes…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 in Game 1 at Atlanta on Apr. 19.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
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 Dec. 9, 2011.

HONORS:
2011-12: Participated in the Three-Point Shootout at All-Star Weekend in Orlando…2008-09: Was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

COLLEGE:
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.

PERSONAL:
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…had his number (15) retired by Kansas on Feb. 16, 2013…his favorite sport other than basketball is football…wears size 13 sneakers.

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Vitals

Height: 6'2''/ 1.88m
Weight: 190 lbs./ 86.2 kg
Born: May 19, 1986
From: University of Kansas
Draft: 2nd Round (34th pick) 2008 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2008
Years Pro: 6
Previous Teams:
  Miami Heat 2008 - 2014
Prior to NBA/Country: Kansas/USA

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