|Mario Chalmers thinks Mario Chalmers is real good. (Getty Images|
But that's not who he'd be thinking. He'd probably be thinking the best player is Mario Chalmers. He's always been one of the more brash and confident players in the league. Sometimes it has hurt him as he kind of became LeBron and Dwyane Wade's whipping boy in Miami. Other times it worked out, as he lit the Thunder up in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.
At a recent event, Chalmers was asked about Rajon Rondo's claim that he was the league's top point guard. Chalmers answer was very Mario Chalmers-y. Via Bleacher Report:
"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 [Mario Chalmers] am in the front end of the top 10."
Here's what's great about Chalmers answer: Not only does he say Rondo's claim is a "pretty bold statement" but he immediately one-ups that boldness, unprompted, with the statement that he's on the "front end" of the top 10 point guards.
That's like me saying, "It's pretty bold to say 'The Deer Hunter' is one of the best movies ever, but I'd say 'Battlefield Earth' is definitely top 10."
There's a fine line between self-belief and self-illusion and I'm not sure Chalmers understands the distinction. Because let's play. Allow me to randomly name --in no order -- 10 NBA point guards: Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams, Tony Parker, Steve Nash, Jrue Holiday, Brandon Jennings, Ricky Rubio, Kyle Lowry, Goran Dragic, John Wall, Ty Lawson, Mike Conley, Andre Miller, Jose Calderon, Devin Harris, Darren Collison -- oh whoops, that was 18. And Chalmers thinks he's on the "front end" of that list. The front end including CP3, Deron Williams, Westbrook, Rose, Parker, Rondo and Nash.
But hey, Chalmers has the right to puff out his chest now a little bit. He's got something that very few of those point guards in that list don't have -- a ring.