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Mario Chalmers Actually Said This, He Really Did

Mario Chalmers was a huge component in the Miami Heat winning an NBA title this year, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder in a mere five games. Well, Chalmers, and LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and even Shane Battier. That all said, you can’t take away the title of “NBA champion” from Chalmers’ basketball resume. However, I’m not quite sure I’d say he’s currently at the front end of the top ten point guards currently in the NBA, which is what he said in a recent interview in a pseudo-retort to Rajon Rondo saying he’s the best lead guard in the L:

He’s not the best, but he’s in the top five. There are a lot of great point guards in the league, Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Steve Nash. There are a lot of great guards in the NBA so for him to say he’s the best is a pretty bold statement. I’d say that I am in the front end of the top 10.

I think Rondo has a better chance of being the best Boston Celtics point guard ever than Chalmers of ever actually being in the front end of the top ten right now. My top ten in no particular order – CP3, D-Will, Nashty, Rondo, Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, Brandon Jennings, Ty Lawson, John Wall, Mike Conley, Tony Parker, Kyle Lowry, Ricky Rubio, Stephen Curry… oh wait, that’s FIFTEEN point guards that I can think of that are better than Chalmers. And I might have skipped one or two or five.

However, other than Rondo and Parker, none of the aforementioned have a ring like Chalmers has. And, it’s only natural for athletes to believe they are better than they are. But, c’mon, Chalmers. Saying you’re basically in the top five? Pffft!

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