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Mario Chalmers, the Miami Heat point guard job is yours. Don't screw it up.

Jul 19, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

mchalmers.jpgMario Chalmers is a nice backup point guard. Yes, his shooting regressed his second year in the league, and yes he turns the ball over more than you’d like. But he’s a nice player. And because he’s on a cheap rookie contract, he

He’s your new Miami Heat starting point guard.

When you hear people are skeptical that the Superfriends can win a title in Miami, it is things like this that are why. It’s not what Dwayne Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh can do; it if the supporting cast can support them at all.

Chalmers is going to get his chance. Wade told the Miami Herald he wants Chalmers to start at the point.

“I’ve always played a lot of point guard,” Wade said. “I just don’t want to be labeled as a [point guard]. It’s Mario’s job to lose, if you want to say. I’m not going to try to take it from him. He can have a great impact on this year.

“Defensively, he’s great, he’s good. He’ll be even better with the guys behind him. Hopefully, [he has] become more of a consistent shooter. He’s going to get a lot of looks. I’ve told him there are a lot of shooters I’ve gotten paid around here.”

Chalmers took 52 percent of his shots from three last year, and he hit a disappointing 31.8 percent of them. His midrange game is shaky. He can do pretty well getting to the rim, but on a team with Wade and LeBron his role is not to be the guy driving the lane.

Veteran Carlos Arroyo has never been a great outside shooter, either, but he will be the man if Chalmers can’t play the role.

Chalmers has to knock down jumpers. Joel Anthony has to defend the rim. Jamaal Magloire has to not look old. There are things that have to happen beyond the big three for the Heat to win the title. Those other players will get chances, they just can’t screw them up.

  1. Zach - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    I enjoy your stuff, but this post is RIDDLED with typos. Unacceptable.

  2. Chris - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    I couldn’t agree more. While the content on the website is good, the lack of editing is absymal. Simply looking over the post before sending it would go a long way towards making this an excellent website. Seems like every post that goes up has errors with spelling, punctuation, and ESPECIALLY players’ names.

  3. kc - Jul 19, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    This ain’t English class, fellas. Chill out.

  4. banner18 - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Didn’t people also say Rajon Rondo couldn’t shoot or run a team three years ago? You know, until the Celtics hoisted Banner 17?

  5. Javier... - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Give Carlitos a break…And I’m sure he will do the Job..better than last season wich…he finished as a Starter…The difference this time around is that he confidence will be up…because he will not have that much pressure…He now has many other options..to give the ball to..(James,Wade,Bosh…and the other guys too)…Plus WE IN PUERTO RICO..NEED AN NBA CHAMPION….HE WILL DO THE JOB..WITH EXELENCE!!!!!

  6. NIC GEERZ - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    That my Dawg right der .. do yo thing boyy

  7. LIL HAITI - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Come to Captain Crab i hook you up brother chalmer

  8. Fidel C. - Jul 19, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    Yall ricans get no love here… this is havana north.. dale puta..
    VIVA CUBA

  9. Rob - Jul 19, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    And what has changed since then? Rondo still can’t shoot and is still a liability in the half-court set.

  10. donniev007 - Jul 19, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    the interesting point i take from this article is that dwade “doesnt want to be labeled a point guard”. image…that is the most important thing? labels?

  11. Javier... - Jul 20, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    Yall Cubans are loved here as i was Born in CT.USA..My Father Puertorican and My Mother..CUBAN!!!!! So Fidel stop..being so..dam racist…you fool!!!!!
    Viva Carlitos Arroyo…..
    VIVA USA..PUERTO RICO…AND CUBA!!!!!!

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