Mario Chalmers goes in for a layup in Game 4 of the 2012 NBA playoffs against OKC on June 19. Chalmers scored 25 points in the game.
Chalmers, Miami’s starting point guard, had the best shooting season of his career last year when he shot 44 percent from the field and almost 39 percent from beyond the arc.
Chalmers was initially drafted as a shooting guard by the Heat in 2008 and has averaged a career 9.8 PPG and 3.5 assists. In his four years with Miami, Chalmers has been learning on the job to play the point guard position.
But 3.5 assists per game just isn’t enough. This season, the Heat has added two long-range shooters to the squad: Ray Allen, a career 40 percent three-point shooter, and Rashard Lewis, a career 38 percent three-point shooter. The two would have more scoring opportunities if Chalmers were a better ball distributor.
In Game 4 of last year’s finals, Chalmers scored 25 points on 60 percent shooting. The Heat don’t need him to have nights like that every night. They have enough scorers on the team. Miami will fare better this season if Chalmers brings up his assist average instead.