2017-18 Player Preview: Marco Bellinelli 

Maro Belinelli (ESPN.com)

Marco Belinelli is Hawk.

Could I say about time? Playing in Atlanta under Hawks’ head coach Mike Budenholzer seemed like inevitable destiny for Belinelli.

Belinelli is a flat out shooter. He understands spacing and the European brand of basketball that has been so successful for Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich.

Belinelli, now 31-years-old, grew up in San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy, came into the NBA as the 18th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors. He has played on six NBA teams (Raptors, Pelicans, Bulls, Spurs, Kings and Hornets)

Last season as a Charlotte Hornet, Belinelli averaged 10.5 Points Per Game and appeared in 74 games.

With Kyle Korver in Cleveland (and still struggling to create space), the Hawks struggled to find a shooter to produce such as the veteran sharp shooter.
The offense became stagnant without a shooter to relieve some of the pressure on the penetrators like Tim Hardaway Jr., Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore.

Enter Belinelli, who could be more effective than Korver was over the last few years in Atlanta as he can move without the ball like Korver did, but also has the ability to create space for a open shot.

Once teams figured out that face guarding Korver and cutting off the help defense, Korver’s impact to Atlanta’s offense rapidly declined.

Now with Belinelli, floor spacing would open up and allow Budenholzer to run his system effectively. Look for Belinelli to get big minutes early and could earn starts as a Shooting Guard or a sixth man role in a Hawks uniform for the 2017-18 season!

Jeremy Johnson: @Clark_Kent_75

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