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Belinelli playing for the 76ers in 2018
|No. 18 – San Antonio Spurs|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Born|| (1986-03-25) 25 March 1986
San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy
|Listed height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Listed weight||100 kg (220 lb)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall|
|Selected by the Golden State Warriors|
|2007–2009||Golden State Warriors|
|2010–2012||New Orleans Hornets|
|2013–2015||San Antonio Spurs|
|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.
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.
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, 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.
On 30 July 2009, he was traded to the Toronto Raptors for Devean George, 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.
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.
On 24 July 2012, Belinelli signed with the Chicago Bulls. 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.
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 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. On February 9, 2018, he was waived by the Hawks.
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.
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.
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- NBA.com : Summer League 2007 Archived 2007-07-12 at the Wayback Machine
- "Raptors Acquire Belinelli From Golden State". NBA.com. 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
- "HORNETS ACQUIRE BELINELLI". NBA.com. 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2010-08-11.
- "MARCO BELINELLI SIGNS QUALIFYING OFFER". NBA.com. 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
- "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.
- Bulls at Nets, May 4, 2013
- Spurs Sign Marco Belinelli
- Carmelo Anthony, Knicks stun Spurs in San Antonio
- "Kings Sign Rondo, Belinelli, Koufos". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
- "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.
- Hornets Acquire Marco Belinelli from Sacramento
- "Hornets Acquire Howard and Draft Pick from Hawks". NBA.com. June 20, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
- "Hawks Acquire Plumlee, Belinelli In Dwight Howard Trade". NBA.com. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
- "Hawks Waive Marco Belinelli". NBA.com. February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
- "Philadelphia 76ers Sign Marco Belinelli". NBA.com. February 12, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
- "SPURS SIGN MARCO BELINELLI". NBA.com. July 20, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
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