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Strengths: Chalmers applies a good deal of defensive pressure on the perimeter with his long arms, quick hands and anticipation skills … These physical attributes allow him to aggressively disrupt passing lanes for steal opportunities … Owns a nice change of speed hesitation move to create space from his defender … Possesses legit three point range that he can make with regularity … Gets a decent amount of his passes off drive and dish situations … Flourishes in transition where his long arms and body control allow him to make great finishes … Quality rebounder for his size thanks to his long arms and toughness … Capable of stepping up for clutch plays in crucial moments … Possesses some point guard qualities in that he has a great feel for the game and is very unselfish with the ball … Team oriented player who will do whatever is needed for his team to be successful … Does a great job of moving without the ball … He often will run off screens for catch and shoot opportunities … Despite his aggressive defense he stays out of foul trouble and knows when to gamble as opposed to going after every ball … Dangerous stand still shooter who can pick an opposing team off from the perimeter when his feet are set … Quick release on his jump shot enables him to shoot with little time needed … Possesses a winner's attitude and plays the game with great poise ...

Weaknesses: Tends to make questionable choices on drives to the basket when his feet are off the ground … This often leads him to force difficult passes … Athletically, he is a quality athlete but is far from special for someone at his position … This can limit him at times when he has to finish in heavy traffic … Doesn’t possess a tremendous first step to gain separation from his defender … Despite his size, Chalmers hasn’t played nor displayed a great deal of point guard qualities … At his best he is a combo guard capable of playing both guard positions, but could clearly struggle with both roles in the NBA … Ball handling ability and court vision are not on par with other point guard prospects due to lack of experience and development … Can become a little too aggressive attacking the basket because he has a tendency to overpenetrate and force things … Defensively, Chalmers' lateral quickness could stand some room for improvement … Ability to run a team offense are huge question marks - while his production was great this past season, teammates Russell Robinson and Sherron Collins were clearly more responsible for running the offense and ball handling duties … Can be a bit turnover prone when heavy defensive pressure is applied … Shooting off the dribble from the perimeter is underutilized and, for the most part, inconsistent at times … He can be somewhat predictable offensively - opposing defenders often know that Chalmers' first option is to drive to the basket while shooting off screens is his second option - this speaks about his creativity in one on one situations … Potential for development is minimal as he isn’t going to grow by leaps and bounds …

Matthew Maurer - 6/23/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2005-06 Kansas

33

44.5

37.5

78.8

2.7

0.2

2.2

3.8

11.5

2006-07 Kansas

38

49.1

40.4

77.0

2.6

0.4

3.0

3.3

12.2

2007-08 Kansas

39

51.6

46.8

74.6

2.5

0.6

3.1

4.3

12.8

DIV I Totals

110

48.6

41.8

76.7

2.6

0.4

2.8

3.8

12.2

 

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0 #2 Guest 2008-06-14 02:22
The Magic he had in the NCAA finals could continue for him in San Antonio.
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0 #1 Guest 2008-04-08 20:13
I think he could be a mix somewhere between Taurean Green and Derek Fisher. Chalmers is a very good, efficient shooter who is a beast at steals, and he sees the floor like a point guard. Like St. Joe's' Delonte West, he is much unheralded, but he has a knack for hitting open and clutch shots. He was able to pick off Rose's crosscourt passes and is good at pickpocketing careless dribblers. He should be considered for the 1st Round, but will have to answer questions about whether he can play the point. I think he can, and could wind up being the next Delonte West if he does well in workouts. At this stage, he is being projected as a solid second rounder.
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