Posted January 29, 2013

Heat’s Mario Chalmers reiterates his belief that he’s a top-10 point guard

Mario Chalmers, Rob Mahoney
Mario Chalmers

Mario Chalmers is holding firm to the idea that he’s a top-10 point guard. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

By Rob Mahoney

For a player to defy all odds and actually make it to the NBA requires not only high-level skills, optimal size and natural athleticism but also a level of self-confidence that likely borders on delusion. The probability of failure is so much larger than the rate of success that only the truly self-assured tend to survive.

Take, for example, the latest remarks made by Heat point guard Mario Chalmers to Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida:

[Chalmers] believes he belongs in a listing of the top point guards in the NBA.

“I’d say top 10,’’ the Miami Heat fifth-year man said of where he ranks. “I’m not in the lower part (of the top 10), I’m in the middle part. I just have confidence in myself. I think I can compete with the best of them.’’

All of this is coming from a guy averaging 7.7 points and 3.4 assists. But Chalmers doesn’t care how many snickers are heard about where he believes he ranks among point guards.

“That’s how I feel no matter what people say or what people think,’’ Chalmers said.

Believe it or not, this is actually a more modest claim than the one Chalmers made before the season. In August, Chalmers insisted that he was in “the front end of the top 10″ among point guards, meaning that his 7.7-point, 3.6-assist season may have inspired the slightest shade of self-doubt. But the fact that Chalmers still has such an incredible estimation of his game isn’t all that surprising, even if it is hideously inaccurate. He wears his bravado on his sleeve and is empowered by it more than most. How else to explain the way he shrugs off poor shooting performances to hit big shots and endures the consistent on-court berating of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade?

Now, most pro athletes keep these kinds of outlandish opinions to themselves, or at least couch them in cliché to dilute their ridiculousness. Power to Chalmers, I suppose, for going unfiltered, no matter how ridiculous his assessment of his own game may be.

sigifredo ospina
sigifredo ospina

contrary to popular belief, if you've seen glimpses of him going to the basket hard, etc., what he's saying may not be that far off.  I think if Wade and Lebron wasn't around and Chalmers was made the focal point of his team (as he will one day possibly be for the Heat), he could be on the level of Gilbert Arenas.  And at one point, Gilbert Arenas was the PG of the league.  ijs


Mario Chalmers does not rank anywhere near the top-10 of point guards in most statistical categories.  Among active point guards, Chalmers ranks:


33rd in assists

41st in assists/turnovers

37th in points per game

33rd in rebounds

Under 34th in field-goal % and free-throw %

11th in steals/game

20th in steals/personal fouls


He approaches the top-10 of PG in only steals/game.  Chalmers is indeed delusional or at least overly optimistic in his estimation of his point guard skills.


mario chalmers will be a top ten point guard when there is peace in the mideast....its never gonna happen


Not even close.. off the top of my head I can name a top 10 for PG's and you're not close..  steve nash, deron williams, chris paul, tony parker, derrick rose, russell westbrook, rajon rondo, stephen curry, ty lawson, kyrie irving, mike conley etc...  I could keep going.. but I won't.. I'm not saying chalmers is a bad PG, but he most certainly not a top 10 PG..


Yeah right!  And I am more athletic than Lebron James, richer than Mark Cuban.