The Newest Grizzly
Mario Chalmers was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Beno Udrih and Jarnell Stokes on November 11th, 2015. His first game for Memphis was memorable, as he helped the Grizzlies defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 101-100 on November 13th.
In his first game with the Grizzlies, Chalmers went 4-of-6 from the floor, scoring 11 points combined with four steals. There were mixed reactions to the Chalmers trade, as many Memphians couldn't help but remember the Kansas upset over Memphis in the 2008 NCAA Championship.
Chalmers' college days were quickly forgotten by Grizzlies fans, as Rio won the hearts of nearly every fan in Memphis and FedExForum.
Signature Game of 2015-16
Chalmers' signature game of the season came on November 16th against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Chalmers scored 29 points in only 23 minutes of action. He hit four three pointers, while going 13-of-15 from the free throw line.
That night against Oklahoma City, Chalmers started getting some new nicknames from the fans in attendance. Rio and Super Mario were two of the nicknames he earned from Grizzlies fans.
A Short Lived Season
Mario Chalmers was part of the 'Hateful 8' squad which led the Grizzlies to a 106-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 7th. Chalmers scored 17 points against the defending Eastern Conference champions that night, and the game turned out to be the Grizzlies' biggest win of the season.
The very next night, Chalmers suffered a season-ending injury in Boston. After only playing 22 minutes, Chalmers took a hard fall to the floor and grabbed his Achilles. He wouldn't see the floor again for Memphis during the 2015-16 season.
Planning For the Future
Chalmers played in 55 games for the Grizzlies during the 2015-16 season. He quickly turned into a fan favorite, winning back the support of many Memphians who had hated him for years.
Even though Chalmers suffered a season-ending Achilles injury on March 8th, the Grizzlies would be wise to bring him back for the 2016-17 season. He is only 29 years old, and has proved to be a solid backup in the NBA.