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Lionel Chalmers, Jr. (born November 10, 1980 in Albany, New York) is an American professional basketball player. He is 6'1" (1.85 m) in height and he weighs 190 pounds (86 kg). He plays at the point guard position.


Amateur career

Chalmers played his first three years of high school basketball at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons in Schenectady, New York. He then transferred to Albany High School for his senior year.

Chalmers attended Xavier University, where he played college basketball for four years as an undergraduate and later as a graduate student. As a senior, he lead Xavier to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.

Pro career

Chalmers was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft with the 33rd overall pick. He played in 34 games in the 2004–05 season with the Clippers, averaging 3.1 points per game and 1.4 assists per game in 12.0 minutes per game. He was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves on August 20, 2005 along with Marko Jaric in exchange for Sam Cassell.[1] He played for the Timberwolves in the 2005–06 NBA preseason, but he was released into free agency before the regular season commenced.

He played in the Greek A1 league with AEK Athens BC from November 2005, until February 2006, when he then joined TAU Cerámica of the Spanish ACB.[2]

He played with the Phoenix Suns' summer league team during the summer of 2006,[3] but he was not retained by the Suns. He also played for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2006 preseason. After the Hawks waived him before the regular season began, Chalmers signed with Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari of the Italian second division in December 2006.[4] In May 2007, he signed with the Spanish ACB club Basket CAI Zaragoza.[5]

In July 2007, he moved to the Italian first division team Benetton Treviso. After spending a season in Italy, he signed with the Russian club Universitet Yugra Surgut. He had a successful season in Surgut, as he was the top scorer of the Russian Basketball Super League with 21.4 points per game. In the 2009-10 season he is playing with another Super League club, Enisey Krasnoyarsk.


Lionel's cousin, Mario Chalmers, formerly of the Kansas Jayhawks, was picked in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was later traded to the Miami Heat.[6]


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