Chalmers revs up scoring to drive defenses nuts in Greek League

February 25, 2021

Mario Chalmers

As he gets older, Mario Chalmers of Anchorage isn’t looking to shift down and cruise into the homestretch.

If anything, he’s revved it up.

The 34-year-old former NBA point guard is driving Greek League defenses nuts as he’s playing some of the best basketball of his 12-year pro career.

Chalmers is on pace to average double figures for the first time since he was with the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2015-2016 season.

The guard with Aris Thessaloniki is averaging 10.5 points per game with a lights-out shooting percentage (.484) in 13 games.

He hasn’t shot the ball this well since 2014 when he played with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.

Chalmers, of Bartlett High fame, is firing 3-pointers at a .404 clip in addition to shooting a staggering 58.5 percent on 2-point field goals.

He pumped in 6-of-14 shots from the field and scored a season-high 21 points as ninth-ranked Aris fell to third-ranked Lavrio 94-89.

He started the game in the backcourt and logged 26 minutes. He had played fewer than 20 minutes in each of the last two games, yet still ranks third on his team at 20.9 minutes per game.

His 21 points were his second-highest scoring total in 32 career games in the Greek League. Last year he played with AEK Athens and scored 26 points in one game.