Miami Heat Position Preview: Mario Chalmers, Carlos Arroyo, and the Point Guards

Danny DolphinAnalyst IOctober 4, 2010

ATLANTA - APRIL 19: Mario Chalmers #6 of the Miami Heat watches the ball bounce away after trying to save it while taking on the Atlanta Hawks during Game One of the First Round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 19, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks defeated the Heat 90-64. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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This is Chalmers last chance to make an impact in Miami.

On The Roster Now: Mario Chalmers, Patrick Beverley, Kenny Hasbrouck, Carlos Arroyo, Eddie House

Will Make 15-Man Roster: Chalmers, Arroyo, Beverley, House

Starter: Carlos Arroyo. If the Heat start a traditional point guard and don’t begin the game with LeBron James or Dwyane Wade handling the ball, it will come down to Chalmers or Arroyo.

While Arroyo is the smarter, more seasoned of the two, Chalmers is the better three point shooter and defender, both skills Miami will need out of the position this year. Mario is, however, recovering from a high ankle sprain, so it remains to be seen how effective he will be early on.

Depth: Behind Arroyo and Chalmers is House, a gifted shooter, and Beverley, an athletic defensive-oriented guard. House should see time at this spot because he is one of the best shooters on the team. Beverley, if he makes the roster, is an intriguing player. He’s very raw on offense, but defends on the perimeter with tenacity.

Outlook: For Miami to be as dominant as they can be, they need the point to contribute in two areas. They need defense and spot shooting. It’s likely going to be a committee approach depending on specific game matchups. Every point guard on the final roster needs to be ready.

This year will be Chalmers’ last chance to prove he belongs on the team for the long haul.