Marco Belinelli

Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli 18 (cropped).jpg
Belinelli playing for the 76ers in 2018
No. 18 – San Antonio Spurs
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1986-03-25) 25 March 1986 (age 34)
San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy
Nationality Italian
Listed height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Listed weight 100 kg (220 lb)
Career information
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career 2002–present
Career history
2002–2003 Virtus Bologna
2003–2007 Fortitudo Bologna
20072009 Golden State Warriors
2009–2010 Toronto Raptors
20102012 New Orleans Hornets
2012–2013 Chicago Bulls
20132015 San Antonio Spurs
2015–2016 Sacramento Kings
2016–2017 Charlotte Hornets
2017–2018 Atlanta Hawks
2018 Philadelphia 76ers
2018–present San Antonio Spurs
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Marco Stefano Belinelli (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmarko beliˈnɛlli]; born 25 March 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 and 2019 editions of the FIBA World Championship with the Italian national basketball team.

Professional career

Europe (2002–2007)

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)

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 19 December 2008, he scored 27 points, in a game the Warriors lost to Atlanta Hawks.

Belinelli as a Toronto Raptor in 2009

On 30 July 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.

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

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

On 24 July 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]

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

On 2 January 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.

On 13 July 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]

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

On 20 June 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]

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

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

Career statistics

NBA

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 79 1 23.0 .413 .372 .903 2.5 1.7 .4 .1 10.5
Career 803 219 23.2 .425 .376 .847 2.1 1.7 .6 .1 10.0
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
2019 San Antonio 7 0 18.7 .368 .381 .833 1.9 1.1 .0 .3 5.9
Career 65 13 21.1 .416 .375 .890 2.1 1.4 .3 .0 8.5

EuroLeague

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.

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 career

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, 16.3 points per game at the 2015 EuroBasket and 17.9 points per game at the 2017 EuroBasket.

See also

References

  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. Archived from the original on December 2, 2016. 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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