Chalmers passes Boozer as Alaska’s all-time BIG3 scorer

August 15, 2021

Mario Chalmers

Anchorage’s Mario Chalmers has always been a closer, so you just knew he would finish strong in the BIG3.

The 35-year-old guard showcased his trademark skills down the stretch of the summer season to become Alaska’s all-time leading scorer in the celebrated 3-on-3 pro league.

He poured in 16 points in the season finale with a season-high five rebounds and seven assists to lead 3’s Company to a 50-42 win over Bivouac.

Two weeks earlier in a 50-45 loss to Tri-State he had pumped in 26 points – the highest single-game scoring effort by an Alaskan in the league’s four-year history.

Typical stuff from a career playmaker.

Chalmers averaged 13.8 points per game to give him a two-year, 13-game total of 166 points, passing Juneau’s Carlos Boozer for the most points scored by an Alaskan in the league.

Boozer played for the Ghost Ballers in 2018 and Power in 2019, racking up 135 points in 11 games.

They are the only two Alaskans to play in the BIG3.

In 2018, Boozer became the state’s first BIG3 player when he laced ‘em up with the Ghost Ballers. He had four double-doubles in eight games and finished fifth in the league with 121 points and was second with 77 rebounds. His high games were 22 points and 16 rebounds.

In 2019, Boozer played only three games with the Power. Meanwhile, Chalmers made his debut with the 3-Headed Monsters and finished top-10 in the league in 4-pointers (2), points (83) and assists (13) in seven games. He also had a 14-point, 6-rebounds, 3-assist performance in the playoffs.

In 2020, the BIG3 did not play because of COVID.

In 2021, Chalmers returned to the league but this time wearing a different uniform after he switched teams to 3’s Company. He finished the season ranked top-10 in the league in points (83), assists (16) and 3-pointers (11).