Mario Chalmers thinks he ranks among the top-5 point guards in the NBA. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)
Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers thinks he's one of the five best point guards in the NBA, according to his interview with Peter Emerick of BleacherReport.com:
"I'd say that I [Mario Chalmers] am in the front end of the top 10."
Chalmers is less than three months removed from playing some of the best basketball of his NBA career since being selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of the 2008 Draft.
In June, he helped lead the Miami Heat to an NBA title, scoring 10 points and dishing seven assists in the decisive Game 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. On the season, he was averaging 9.8 points, 3.5 assists and 2.2 turnovers in 28.5 minutes per game.
Chalmers' statement could easily be disputed, as a number of other point guards in the league have proven worthy of top-5 consideration, including Rajon Rondo, who recently declared himself the
best in the NBA. Four other point guards widely regarded as better than Chalmers include Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving, not to mention Tony Parker, Steve Nash and Ricky Rubio.