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Will Mario Chalmers turn big finals shots into big payday?

Jun 7, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

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It’s an annual tradition in the NBA: Some player who flew under the radar for most of the season steps up big in the playoffs and finals, then gets rewarded with an oversized contract by another team that falls in love with that performance.

Miami’s Mario Chalmers is the leading candidate to be that guy this year.

Chalmers has knocked down big shots in the finals and has defended well on the perimeter. And, he’s a free agent after this season. When asked about that by Hoopsworld, Chalmers gave the standard answer involving family.

“It’s up to everybody,” Chalmers said about his possible return to the HEAT. “I love playing here. I would love to stay here, but, I mean, I’ve got to do what’s best for me and my family.”

Chalmers made $854,389 this past season and while there is a $1.1 million qualifying offer out there according to Sham Sports, Chalmers will get to test the market (whenever the lockout ends).

Chalmers has hit big shots in the playoffs — something he has done since helping Kansas to the national title in college — but during the regular season averaged 6.4 points per game on 39.9 percent shooting. He hit 35.9 percent of his threes, which is by far where most of his shot attempts come from.

Chalmers is a good defender, which matters a lot, but he is not going to give you consistent offense.

But some team always falls in love with these finals performances and overpays.

  1. randysavage4ever - Jun 7, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    i dunno about a BIG pay day but all this guy does his hit clutch shots…

    It started with that NCAA Title game vs. Memphis and has not stopped since…

    sometimes you gotta shell out extra bucks for clutchness…

  2. barkley4life - Jun 7, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Mario Chalmers…don’t be an idiot. Follow the Derek Fisher plan….hit big buckets on championship team and write checks on and off the courts while the Heat win Championships.

    Anywhere else and your a backup on a good team and an avg. player on a bad team.

  3. rip27 - Jun 7, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    You obviously have not been watching Chalmers all year if you consider him a good defender. Maybe he is “good” in comparison to Mike Bibby, but he really isn’t all that great. Just has some highlight defensive plays with his gambling. Just look at the way CJ Watson was torching him in Bulls series. CJ Watson.

    He does have the length to become a good defender. But he still needs to learn to use his feet better and to stay within the system and not gamble so much. If so, he can be a better version of Fisher (more capable of finishing his drives which Fisher was notoriously bad at).

    What Chalmers does have is a fearlessness to take big shots. He will never wilt. Which with some more consistency can be a great thing and get him into type of role that the Fisher’s, Paxon’s, and Horry’s of world have thrived in.

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