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Marco Belinelli

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Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli 18 (cropped).jpg
Belinelli playing for the 76ers in 2018
No. 18 – San Antonio Spurs
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1986-03-25) March 25, 1986 (age 32)
San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy
NationalityItalian
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career2002–present
Career history
2002–2003Virtus Bologna
2003–2007Fortitudo Bologna
20072009Golden State Warriors
2009–2010Toronto Raptors
20102012New Orleans Hornets
2012–2013Chicago Bulls
20132015San Antonio Spurs
2015–2016Sacramento Kings
2016–2017Charlotte Hornets
2017–2018Atlanta Hawks
2018Philadelphia 76ers
2018–presentSan Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Marco Stefano Belinelli (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmarko beliˈnɛlli]; born March 25, 1986) is an Italian professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 18th overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. In 2014, he won the NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs, becoming the first Italian player to do so. He won the NBA Three-Point Shootout during the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend. He played in the 2007, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 editions of the FIBA EuroBasket and the 2006 FIBA World Championship with the Italian national basketball team.

Professional career[edit]

Europe (2002–2007)[edit]

Belinelli played in the Italian Serie A and the EuroLeague for Virtus Bologna and Fortitudo Bologna. In 2004, he lost the EuroLeague Finals against Maccabi Tel Aviv, and in 2005, he won the Serie A title with Fortitudo.

NBA (2007–present)[edit]

Golden State Warriors (2007–2009)[edit]

After being selected #18 in the first round of the 2007 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors, Belinelli scored 37 points in his first NBA Summer League game against the New Orleans Hornets, going 14-on-20 from the field, including 5-on-7 from behind the arc,[1] adding 5 boards, 2 assists and 1 steal to help the Warriors earn a 110–102 win. His performance is tied for second for the highest scoring game ever in Vegas summer league history, behind Keith Bogans' 38 scored as a member of the Orlando Magic in 2004. Belinelli finished his Summer League scoring an average of 22.8 points per game in 4 games with the Warriors, before returning to Italy to be part of the Italian national team for EuroBasket 2007. On December 19, 2008, he scored 27 points, in a game the Warriors lost to Atlanta Hawks.

Toronto Raptors (2009–2010)[edit]

Belinelli as a Toronto Raptor in 2009

On July 30, 2009, he was traded to the Toronto Raptors for Devean George,[2] joining Italian national squad teammate Andrea Bargnani. He played his first NBA game as a starter for Toronto on February 2, 2010 against the Indiana Pacers.

New Orleans Hornets (2010–2012)[edit]

On August 11, 2010, he was traded to the New Orleans Hornets for Julian Wright.[3]

After 2010–11 season, he became a restricted free agent. On December 13, 2011, he signed the $3.4 million qualifying offer to stay with the Hornets for one more year.[4]

Chicago Bulls (2012–2013)[edit]

On July 24, 2012, Belinelli signed with the Chicago Bulls.[5] Since joining the Bulls, Belinelli developed a reputation of being a clutch player, hitting shots that include a game winning shot against the Celtics in overtime while falling down, a go-ahead layup against the Detroit Pistons after Joakim Noah saved the ball from going out of bounds, a game-winning lay-up with 20 seconds remaining against the Brooklyn Nets, and a 3 pointer to give the Bulls a 1-point lead with 5 seconds remaining in a game vs. the Utah Jazz. Belinelli and Joakim Noah each scored 24 points in a game 7 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs.[6]

San Antonio Spurs (2013–2015)[edit]

On July 11, 2013, Belinelli signed with the San Antonio Spurs.[7]

On January 2, 2014, Belinelli scored a career-high 32 points in a 101-105 loss to the New York Knicks.[8]

Belinelli also won the Three-Point Contest at the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, beating Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards at the second attempt in the final after Beal equaled Belinelli's score in the initial final round.

In his first season with the Spurs, Belinelli posted career-highs percentage-wise on field goal percentage, three-point percentage, and free-throw percentage.

In Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals against the defending champion Miami Heat, Belinelli hit a crucial 3 pointer in the third quarter that increased San Antonio's lead back to double digits. The Heat had rallied, cutting the Spurs' half-time lead of 21 points to just seven, before Belinelli's three-pointer. Upon winning the 2014 NBA Finals, he became the first Italian player to win an NBA championship.

Sacramento Kings (2015–2016)[edit]

On July 13, 2015, Belinelli signed with the Sacramento Kings.[9] On December 30, 2015, he scored a season-high 28 points in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.[10]

Charlotte Hornets (2016–2017)[edit]

On July 7, 2016, Belinelli was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for the draft rights to Malachi Richardson.[11]

Atlanta Hawks (2017–2018)[edit]

On June 20, 2017, Belinelli was traded, along with Miles Plumlee and the 41st overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Dwight Howard and the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.[12][13] On February 9, 2018, he was waived by the Hawks.[14]

Philadelphia 76ers (2018)[edit]

On February 12, 2018, Belinelli signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.[15]

Return to the Spurs (2018–present)[edit]

On July 20, 2018, Belinelli signed with the San Antonio Spurs, returning to the franchise for a second stint.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

NBA[edit]

Denotes season in which Belinelli won an NBA Championship

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Golden State 33 0 7.3 .387 .390 .778 .4 .5 .2 .0 2.9
2008–09 Golden State 42 23 21.0 .442 .397 .769 1.7 2.1 .9 .0 8.9
2009–10 Toronto 66 1 17.0 .406 .380 .835 1.4 1.3 .6 .1 7.1
2010–11 New Orleans 80 69 24.5 .437 .414 .784 1.9 1.2 .5 .1 10.5
2011–12 New Orleans 66 55 29.8 .417 .377 .783 2.6 1.5 .7 .1 11.8
2012–13 Chicago 73 27 25.8 .395 .357 .839 1.9 2.0 .6 .1 9.6
2013–14 San Antonio 80 25 25.2 .485 .430 .847 2.8 2.2 .6 .1 11.4
2014–15 San Antonio 62 9 22.4 .423 .374 .848 2.5 1.5 .5 .0 9.2
2015–16 Sacramento 68 7 24.6 .386 .306 .833 1.7 1.9 .5 .0 10.2
2016–17 Charlotte 74 0 24.0 .429 .362 .893 2.4 2.0 .6 .1 10.5
2017–18 Atlanta 52 1 23.3 .411 .372 .927 1.9 2.0 .9 .1 11.4
2017–18 Philadelphia 28 1 26.3 .495 .385 .870 1.8 1.6 .7 .3 13.6
2018–19 San Antonio 0 0 0 .0 .0 .0 0 0 .0 .0 0
Career 724 218 23.3 .427 .377 .841 2.0 1.7 .6 .1 9.9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011 New Orleans 6 6 28.8 .365 .308 1.000 .8 .7 .8 .0 9.7
2013 Chicago 12 7 27.1 .411 .340 .879 2.9 2.6 .4 .0 11.1
2014 San Antonio 23 0 15.5 .444 .421 .955 2.3 .8 .1 .0 5.4
2015 San Antonio 7 0 16.6 .513 .467 .846 1.9 1.4 .3 .0 9.3
2018 Philadelphia 10 0 27.3 .406 .348 .871 2.1 2.0 .7 .0 12.9
Career 58 13 21.4 .420 .374 .893 2.2 1.4 .4 .0 8.8

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2002–03 Virtus Bologna 8 0 16.2 .395 .278 .667 1.3 1.0 .4 .0 5.6 4.0
2003–04 Fortitudo Bologna 16 7 12.3 .425 .391 .833 .6 .3 .3 .0 3.0 1.3
2004–05 Fortitudo Bologna 20 1 14.6 .500 .367 .688 1.1 1.1 .6 .1 4.2 3.6
2005–06 Fortitudo Bologna 19 12 27.6 .479 .439 .711 1.6 1.0 1.4 .0 13.4 9.4
2006–07 Fortitudo Bologna 13 13 27.4 .378 .320 .756 1.9 1.3 .8 .0 12.8 8.7
Career 76 33 20.0 .439 .379 .727 1.3 .7 .9 .0 7.9 5.4

National team[edit]

Year Competition GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006 FIBA World Cup 6 6 21.3 .356 .286 .750 1.5 1.7 1.0 .0 13.5
2007 FIBA EuroBasket 6 6 27.5 .455 .290 .923 2.2 1.0 0.7 .0 15.5
2009 FIBA EuroBasket qualification 4 4 34.3 .530 .400 .762 3.3 1.0 2.0 .3 23.5
2010 FIBA EuroBasket qualification 8 8 32.3 .418 .220 .750 4.3 3.0 1.6 .0 15.5
2011 FIBA EuroBasket 5 5 32.0 .345 .281 .765 2.8 3.2 1.2 .0 12.0
2013 FIBA EuroBasket 10 10 31.7 .331 .291 .762 4.0 2.2 .8 .0 13.6
2015 FIBA EuroBasket 7 7 31.6 .409 .400 .857 4.3 3.9 .4 .1 16.3
2016 Summer Olympics qualification 4 4 26.5 .432 .444 .875 1.8 2.0 1.0 .0 15.0
2017 FIBA EuroBasket 7 7 31.9 .406 .446 .733 2.7 2.0 2.1 .0 17.9
Career

National team career[edit]

Belinelli made his debut with the Italian national team in the 2006 FIBA World Championship. In that tournament, he scored 25 points against the United States national team, including a dunk on Carmelo Anthony. In that tournament, he averaged 13.5 points per game, being the best scorer of his team.

He averaged 15.5 points per game at the 2007 EuroBasket, 12.0 points per game at the 2011 EuroBasket, 13.6 points per game at the 2013 EuroBasket and 16.3 points per game at the 2015 EuroBasket.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NBA.com : Summer League 2007 Archived 2007-07-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Raptors Acquire Belinelli From Golden State". NBA.com. 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
  3. ^ "HORNETS ACQUIRE BELINELLI". NBA.com. 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2010-08-11.
  4. ^ "MARCO BELINELLI SIGNS QUALIFYING OFFER". NBA.com. 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
  5. ^ "Bulls sign guard Belinelli, formerly of Hornets". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 24, 2012. Archived from the original on July 26, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  6. ^ Bulls at Nets, May 4, 2013
  7. ^ Spurs Sign Marco Belinelli
  8. ^ Carmelo Anthony, Knicks stun Spurs in San Antonio
  9. ^ "Kings Sign Rondo, Belinelli, Koufos". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  10. ^ "Sixers surprise Kings for 2nd win in 3 games". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 30, 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
  11. ^ Hornets Acquire Marco Belinelli from Sacramento
  12. ^ "Hornets Acquire Howard and Draft Pick from Hawks". NBA.com. June 20, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  13. ^ "Hawks Acquire Plumlee, Belinelli In Dwight Howard Trade". NBA.com. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  14. ^ "Hawks Waive Marco Belinelli". NBA.com. February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "Philadelphia 76ers Sign Marco Belinelli". NBA.com. February 12, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  16. ^ "SPURS SIGN MARCO BELINELLI". NBA.com. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.

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