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Can Mario Chalmers become the Heat's spot-up guy?

Sep 7, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Chalmers_jumper.jpgMario Chalmers will be the starting point guard on opening night for the Miami Heat.

But he will be a point guard in name only, at least in the classic definition. With Dwyane Wade and LeBron James on the floor, Chalmers will not be the guy with the ball in his hands dictating the offensive plays. His role is going to look a lot more like Derek Fisher’s in Los Angele, where he rarely creates his own shot.

In his recent mailbag at the Sun Sentinel, Ira Winderman said this about Chalmers.

If Mario can hit that standstill 3-pointer, he can practically reinvent himself this season.

I wouldn’t say reinvention so much as refinement. 31.5 percent of Chalmers shots last season were spot ups (according to MySynergySports). And he was actually reasonably effective at it from three — he took 155 spot up threes last season and hit 34.8%. Not bad, although for the designated spot up guy you want that number closer to 40 percent. For example Mike Miller hit 50.5 percent of his spot up shots.

Chalmers has range, he just needs to be a little more consistent from three and he’ll get to knock down some big shots this season. Of course, if he really wants to stay on the floor it is the rest of Winderman’s comments that Chalmers needs to heed.

What he really needs, though, is an improved ability to keep opposing point guards in front of him. His gambling instincts will pay dividends with this team, but his straight-up defense has to get better.

  1. Billy - Sep 7, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    I agree that outside of facilitating the little piece of offense Lebron and Wade leave this would be the perfect way to become a over rated cog in the iron giant of southbeach. Derek Fisher has played a simple role on the lakers over the years. Try not getting burned alive by the guy he is guarding, and knock down wide open jumpers. Not a bad way to make a living.
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  2. steve - Sep 7, 2010 at 4:09 PM

    sign allen iverson—–he would be a good spot up shooter—bank on it———–

  3. JPerz - Sep 7, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    Honestly I don’t think you can expect that from Chalmers. I think the Heat should give a chance to Carlos Arroyo, he is a better distributor and has a wider vision of the court. Even if he’s not gonna play with the ball in his hands most of the time you already have spot up shooters and scorers, you don’t need one more, Arroyo is going to create unselfish offensive, you just need to give him the chance.

  4. yes - Sep 7, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    @JPerz – but the Heat already have two guys (bron and wade) who will control the offense and have GREAT court vision. It may be tough for arroyo to get the minutes he got last year.
    I do like Arroyo’s game though…Starting to love European ball watchin all this FIBA!

  5. Michael Warren - Sep 7, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    Mario can definitely be a spot shooter and defender for them. He fits well with the big 3 because he doesn’t have to have the ball in his hands. He’s a guy who’s going to play defense, get steals, and knock down threes. I also think he should start because Carlos Arroyo is a point guard who likes the ball in his hands and he isn’t a great shooter. So Chalmers should probably start and Arroyo should back him up.

  6. Eric Javon Gibson - Sep 8, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Mario is going to be a much improved player this year…offensively and defensively. He knows what’s at stake and he definitely doesn’t want to be labeled as the “weak link”. He will do everything it takes to be deserving of being called a “Starter” on this awesome team!

  7. Freddie - Sep 8, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    I can’t agree more with you!

  8. Freddie - Sep 8, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Mario Chalmers is a goods sixth man. I don’t see him as a starter. He was sit last season and Carlos Arroyo took his place,and showed that he is far better ball handler than Chalmers. This will be a see saw begining who ever is ready to play the role will take it.

  9. bon - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    dwane wade…….G
    mike miller……G
    LeBron james…..F
    adonis haslem….F
    chris bosh…….F

  10. Julio - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    @ Freddie – The reason Arroyo proved to be more useful last season was because our gameplan was different.
    Chalmers has proved himself time to time as being a great defensive PG, but hasn’t been consistent offensively. (We as Heat fans have grown tired of this inconsistency tag.)
    As a spot up shooter in this new offensive system, Chalmers will have a better result than Arroyo will. Chalmers will be used to knock down 3’s and not necessarily as a true point guard. If he can knock down the spot up 3’s with at least a 40% success rate he will solidify his spot on the starting squad. Defense is always valued higher than offense, and in this aspect, Chalmers has always been more of a defender than an offensive weapon. He has the defensive skills of Chris Paul, but needs to work on his 3 point shooting to become the Heat’s starting PG for the next 5-6 years.
    Just my 2 cents.

  11. Julio - Sep 9, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    @ Bon
    In that rotation who’s your center? Bosh would get demolished down low by BIG men like Howard, Bynum, or Perkins.
    And just a side note, it’s Udonis. Not Adonis. He’s not cuban, LOL.

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