Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli
34-Year-Old GuardG
San Antonio Spurs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Belinelli accumulated 10.5 points (41.3 FG%, 37.2 3P%, 90.3 FT%), 2.5 rebounds, 1.9 threes, 1.7 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.1 blocks in 23.0 minutes per game across 79 appearances in 2018-19. He has amassed a double-digit scoring average in four straight seasons, and he continues to be a strong source of threes while maintaining an elite free-throw percentage. He matched his career high in made threes per game, which he set in 2017-18, and he came up just shy of equaling his career-best free throw percentage (90.8), also from 2017-18. The 33-year-old wing remains a liability defensively, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich encourages Belinelli to fire away offensively, as evidenced by his career-high 5.0 three-point attempts per game last season. The Spurs are mostly lacking when it comes to perimeter shooting, so expect Belinelli to keep hoisting threes while contributing minimally elsewhere. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Spurs in July of 2018.
Personal Bio

Marco Stefano Belinelli was born in San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy, to Daniele and Iole Belinelli. He has two brothers, Umbertro and Enrico. He began playing professional basketball in Italy in 2002. In 2020, he teamed with the NBA players' union to donate money to help hospitals in his native Bologna in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about Belinelli by following him on Twitter (@marcobelinelli) and Instagram (@mbeli21).

College/International Summary

Belinelli spent his late teenage years playing for multiple clubs in Bologna, Italy, appearing in Serie A and Euroleague games for several seasons before declaring for the NBA Draft in 2007. In his early pro years, Belinelli was used primarily as a defensive specialist. He later developed a three-point shot and displayed excellent range, catching the attention of NBA scouts. Some talent evaluators believed he could have been a first-round pick in 2006 at the age of 19, but Belinelli ultimately held out one more year. He was drafted 18th overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2007 NBA Draft.

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August 5, 2020
Belinelli (coach's decision) didn't see the floor during Wednesday's 132-126 loss to the Nuggets.
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Belinelli missed the last two games due to a sprained foot but was cleared to play in this one. Nevertheless, the 34-year-old shooting guard didn't end up seeing the court at all. Though the Spurs are still fighting for a playoff spot, coach Gregg Popovich has stated that the team is primarily focused on development. With Keldon Johnson playing at such a high level off the bench of late, it wouldn't be that surprising if Belinelli isn't part of the regular rotation for the remainder of the restart.
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2019

The 2019-20 season was Belinelli's 13th year in the Association. Before the season went on hiatus, the Italian sharpshooter appeared in 52 of a possible 63 games for the Spurs during the shortened season. Pre-bubble, the 33-year-old averaged 5.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 15.0 minutes per game. He also hit 1.1 three-pointers per game, which marked his 10th straight season of averaging at least one three-pointer per game. On Dec. 21, Belinelli delivered his best scoring performance of the season when he produced 17 points (4-6 FG, 4-5 3PT, 5-5 FT), two rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes during a loss to the Clippers. He scored in double-digits in 13 of his 52 appearances and shot better than 36.8 percent from three-point range. On Mar. 10, one night before the season was suspended, Belinelli delivered 16 points, four rebounds and an assist during a home win over the Mavericks. The win over Dallas was also one of three games in which Belinelli drained a season-high four three-pointers. The veteran appeared in five bubble games for the Spurs when the season restarted in Orlando. He averaged 12.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 21.0 minutes.

2018

After three seasons away from San Antonio, Belinelli returned to the Spurs' bench in 2018-19 to provide veteran shooting. He took 5.0 three-point shots per game on average, a new career high. He made 37.2 percent of his threes, but he really excelled from the free-throw line. The Italian made 90.3 percent of his shots from the charity stripe, his second year in a row making over 90 percent of his free throws. Belinelli scored 10.5 points per game off the bench, providing the shooting the Spurs sought when they brought him back. He also averaged 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest. There were two games in which Belinelli topped the 20-point mark. That included a performance against the Thunder on Jan. 12 in which he scored a season-high 24 points. In San Antonio's first round playoff series against Denver, Belinelli logged 18.8 minutes per game off the bench. He contributed per-game averages of 5.9 points and 1.1 three-pointers in the seven-game clash.

2017

Belinelli's tenure with Charlotte came to an end when he was traded to Atlanta in June of 2017. With the Hawks, the veteran sharpshooter played in 52 games, averaging 23.3 minutes per contest. He posted per-game averages of 11.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Belinelli also knocked down 1.8 three-pointers per game for Atlanta, making 37.2 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. However, the Hawks waived Belinelli in February, and he subsequently signed with the Philadelphia 76ers. With Philadelphia, Belinelli played in 28 games and garnered 26.3 minutes per contest. He upped his per-game scoring average to 13.6 points while collecting 1.8 boards and 1.6 dimes per contest. The Italian guard excelled from deep, knocking down 2.0 treys per game and shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc. He tallied double-digit points 15 times during the 76ers' season-ending 16-game win streak. In the postseason, Belinelli came off the bench for each of Philadelphia's 10 contests as the team advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. He posted per-game averages of 12.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the playoffs.

2016

Prior to the 2016-17 campaign, Belinelli was traded from Sacramento to Charlotte. The move sent the journeyman to his seventh NBA team in 10 seasons. With the Hornets, Belinelli came off the bench for all 74 games in which he played. He posted per-game averages of 10.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists. The Italian guard averaged at least one three-pointer per game for the seventh straight season, knocking down 1.4 treys per contest and shooting 36.0 percent from deep. He had the best season of his career at the charity stripe, converting an impressive 89.3 percent of his free-throw attempts. Belinelli registered the second double-double of his career against the Pelicans on Nov. 19, scoring 22 points and corralling 10 rebounds. In that performance, he knocked down a season-high seven three-pointers on nine attempts. He scored 22 points again -- matching his high mark on the season -- against the Cavaliers on March 24. On Feb. 1, he dished a season-best seven assists while scoring 16 points versus Golden State.

2015

After a pair of successful campaigns with San Antonio, Belinelli signed with the Sacramento Kings prior to the 2015-16 season. He played in 68 games with Sacramento, making seven starts and averaging 24.6 minutes per contest. Belinelli posted 10.2 points per contest, marking the fourth time in nine NBA seasons in which he averaged double-digit points. He also registered 1.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. The veteran's specialty was again outside shooting. He averaged 1.3 three-pointers per game, knocking down 30.6 percent of his attempts from deep. Belinelli also thrived from the free-throw line, converting 83.3 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe -- his fourth straight campaign above the 83.0-percent mark. On Dec. 30, the Italian guard scored a season-high 28 points against Philadelphia. In that contest, he posted an 11-for-17 tally on field goals, including 3-for-6 from three-point range. He fell just shy of his second career double-double against Dallas on Jan. 5, scoring 14 points and grabbing a season-high nine boards.

2014

Belinelli played in 62 games in his second season with the Spurs, making nine starts and averaging 22.4 minutes per contest. He averaged 9.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. The Italian guard again filled an important role as an outside shooter, making 1.4 three-pointers per game and shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc. He also converted a career-best 84.8 percent of his free-throw attempts. Belinelli defended his title at the Three-Point Shootout during All-Star Weekend but was eliminated in the first round. The 2007 first-round draft pick grabbed a season-best seven rebounds in a win over Philadelphia on Dec. 1. On Dec. 10, he recorded a season high with 22 points against the Knicks. Belinelli knocked down four three-pointers on three occasions during the regular season, including as part of a 20-point, six-assist performance against Minnesota on Dec. 6. In the postseason, Belinelli came off the bench for all seven games of San Antonio's opening-round series against the Clippers. He posted per-game averages of 9.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting an impressive 46.7 percent from beyond the arc.

2013

Following a season in Chicago, Belinelli signed with the San Antonio Spurs prior to the 2013-14 campaign. Playing primarily as a reserve, the Italian guard averaged 25.2 minutes across 80 regular-season contests. He tallied 11.4 points per game along with career-high marks of 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Belinelli enjoyed his best season as a shooter, making a career-best 48.5 percent of his field-goal attempts and 43.0 percent of his tries from deep. His three-point accuracy ranked fifth in the NBA. Belinelli also established a career high by shooting 84.7 percent from the charity stripe. He put his sharpshooting skills on full display at the Three-Point Shootout during the All-Star break, winning the competition in his first appearance. On Jan. 2, Belinelli scored a career-high 32 points against the Knicks, converting 6-of-9 attempts from three-point range. He collected his first career double-double against Boston on Feb. 12, scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 boards. Belinelli played in all 23 of San Antonio's postseason contests as the Spurs captured the NBA title. He posted per-game averages of 5.4 points and 2.3 rebounds and became the first player born in Italy to win an NBA Championship.

2012

Belinelli signed with the Chicago Bulls prior to the 2012-13 season. The Bulls became the fourth team Belinelli played for in his first six NBA seasons. The sharpshooting guard played in 73 games for Chicago, making 27 starts and averaging 25.8 minutes per contest. He posted per-game averages of 9.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists. In the postseason, Belinelli came off the bench for the first five games of Chicago's first-round series against the Nets. He moved into a starting role in Game 6, scoring 22 points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing seven assists. Belinelli remained a starter in Game 7 and through all five games of the Bulls' matchup with Miami in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Overall, he posted per-game averages of 11.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 12 postseason contests.

2011

Belinelli returned to New Orleans for the 2011-12 campaign and was again given a major role on the team. He played in all 66 contests with 55 starts during the lock-out shortened season and averaged a career-high 29.8 minutes per game. Belinelli posted per-game averages of 11.8 points and 2.6 rebounds, both career-best marks. He converted 1.6 treys per game, making 37.7 percent of his three-point attempts. The Italian guard tallied a career-high-tying 27 points at Portland on Mar. 29, adding three rebounds and three assists. In that performance, he knocked down a career-high seven three-pointers on 11 attempts.

2010

Prior to the 2010-11 season, Belinelli was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in August. The Italian guard took on a more prominent role with the Pelicans, starting 69 of the 80 games in which he played and averaging a career-high 24.5 minutes per contest. The former first-round draft pick's numbers improved with more playing time; he posted per-game career highs in points (10.5), rebounds (1.9) and three-pointers (1.7). Belinelli shot a career-best 41.4 percent from three-point range, ranking 19th in the NBA. On Mar. 7, the sharpshooter grabbed a career-high nine rebounds during a loss at Chicago. At the end of the regular season, he got his first taste of NBA playoff action, starting all six games in the Pelicans' first-round series against the Lakers. In those contests, Belinelli averaged 9.7 points per contest while converting 30.8 percent of his three-point attempts.

2009

After two seasons with Golden State, Belinelli was traded to Toronto prior to the 2009-10 season. He played in 66 games with Raptors, all but one as a reserve. The 6-foot-5 guard posted per-game averages of 7.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.0 minutes. He converted 40.6 percent of his field-goal attempts and 83.5 percent of his free-throw tries. Belinelli again proved to be a reliable shooter from deep, averaging 0.9 three-pointers per contest and shooting 38.0 percent from beyond the arc. He scored a season-high 21 points in his lone appearance as a starter against Indiana on Feb. 2.

2008

Belinelli earned a more prominent role in his second season with the Warriors. He played in 42 games, 23 as a starter, and increased his minutes to 21.0 per contest. The Italian guard's numbers increased across the board to 8.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. His greatest contributions came as a three-point shooter. Belinelli averaged 1.2 treys per contest on 39.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc. He scored a career-high 27 points against Atlanta on Dec. 19, adding six assists and two steals. Belinelli scored 20-plus points on three other occasions and broke double digits 18 times overall.

2007

Belinelli was selected by Golden State with the 18th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft after playing pro ball in Europe for several seasons. He played for the Warriors' Summer League squad in Las Vegas and turned heads immediately, scoring 37 points in his first game. Belinelli averaged 22.8 points overall in Summer League play and was voted to the All-Tournament First Team. The Italian sharpshooter's NBA rookie campaign saw him play in 33 games for the Warriors, averaging 7.3 minutes per game. The Italian guard averaged 2.9 points, 0.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists. He showed good touch from the outside by shooting a solid 39.0 percent from beyond the arc. The Warriors gave Belinelli more opportunities later in the season. On Apr. 4, he scored 13 points with four rebounds in 22:38 on the court against the Grizzlies. Then, in the final game of the regular season, Belinelli scored a season-high 17 points in just 18:42, hitting 5-of-6 shots from downtown in the process.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2007
    Drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the 1st round (18th pick) of the 2007 NBA Draft.
  • July 29, 2009
    Traded by the Golden State Warriors to the Toronto Raptors for Devean George and cash.
  • August 11, 2010
    Traded by the Toronto Raptors to the New Orleans Hornets for Julian Wright.
  • July 24, 2012
    Signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bulls.
  • July 11, 2013
    Signed a one-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
  • July 13, 2015
    Signed a three-year contract with the Sacramento Kings.
  • July 7, 2016
    Traded by the Sacramento Kings to the Charlotte Hornets for Malachi Richardson.
  • June 20, 2017
    Traded by the Charlotte Hornets with Miles Plumlee and a 2017 2nd round draft pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Dwight Howard and a 2017 2nd round draft pick.
  • February 9, 2018
    Waived by the Atlanta Hawks.
  • February 12, 2018
    Signed a contract for the rest of the season with the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • July 20, 2018
    Signed a two-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
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Belinelli opened the 2017-18 campaign with the rebuilding Hawks and was expected to serve as a mentor for the team's younger players. However, he ended up becoming a significant contributor and averaged 11.4 points, 2.0 assists and 1.9 rebounds across 23.3 minutes. In addition, the sharp-shooter hit 1.8 three-pointers at a 37.2 percent clip. That strong of showing in the first half of the season made him a hot item at the trade deadline and he was ultimately dealt to the playoff contending 76ers. In 28 games with Philadelphia, Belinelli actually upped his scoring production and averaged 13.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 three-pointers across 26.3 minutes. Between the two teams combined, it was one of Belinelli's most productive seasons to date and resulted in a plethora of interest during free agency this offseason. The 32-year-old opted for a reunion with the Spurs and received a two-year, $12 million deal. He heads into a surprisingly strong situation in regards to his potential workload. The Spurs unloaded Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors and also let Kyle Anderson walk in free agency, which means there's going to be a ton of minutes available at the small forward position. Newly-acquired DeMar DeRozan is locked into the starting shooting guard spot, but Belinelli will still see plenty of time at that position as well. As a result, it wouldn't be surprising if he was able to put up a similar stat line to last year's combined averages between Atlanta and Philadelphia. Belinelli will only be on the radar in deeper Fantasy leagues, but his three-point totals and impressive percentages while playing in a favorable situation with the Spurs could get him selected in the later rounds.
Belinelli spent the 2016-17 campaign with his third team in as many seasons, but the journeyman was able to keep a relatively consistent stat line form a year prior. Across 74 games with the Hornets, he essentially matched his 2015-16 production, posting averages of 10.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 three-pointers over 24.0 minutes. He was nothing more than an average role player off the bench, which should be the case once again after joining the Hawks in free agency. The Hawks are in the middle of a rebuild and a lot of playing time should be available for Belinelli, so he should be able to match or surpass the 24.0 minutes he saw with the Hornets. He'll likely open the season as the backup shooting guard to Kent Bazemore, with the majority of his value coming from his three-point shot, which finished at 36 percent last season. Still, the fact that he's a just a minor role player and doesn't provide much more than points and three-pointers, should limit Belinelli's impact in Fantasy circles.
After a three-year stint with the Kings, Belinelli was traded to the Hornets in a draft-day deal that sent the No. 22 overall pick back to Sacramento. The 30-year-old averaged 10.2 points per game last season but shot just 38.6 percent from the floor and 30.6 percent from distance, both career worsts by a fair margin. Charlotte essentially bought low on a player with a proven track record of shooting well from the outside, and coach Steve Clifford and company will be banking on Belinelli showing some improvements in that capacity. With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returning from injury, Nicolas Batum will shift down to shooting guard this season, so Belinelli will battle with Jeremy Lamb for minutes off the bench. Belinelli is the more experienced commodity, but the 24-year-old Lamb is coming off of the best overall season of his four-year career. If he's able to rediscover his stroke from beyond the arc, Belinelli could be a decent source of three-pointers, but he's unlikely to provide significant value in other counting stat categories.
Belinelli saw a small downtick in production in his final season as a Spur. He averaged 22 minutes and 9.2 points while shooting 42 percent from the field, 85 percent from the line, and 37 percent from beyond the arc. His primary strength is as an elite catch-and-shoot specialist who can hit three-pointers in bunches and shoot a high free throw percentage. Belinelli's main weakness is his lack of defensive ability, particularly against some of the more athletic wing players in the league. He's penciled in as one of the first rotation players off the bench along with Omri Casspi, and there's upside that Belinelli could unseat Ben McLemore at shooting guard if the third-year guard struggles as a starter to begin the season. Belinelli remains a solid source for three-pointers for fantasy owners but should continue to offer little else in terms of overall fantasy value as a sixth man.
Marco Belinelli is entering his eighth NBA season. Last year was his first with the Spurs, and he averaged 11.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.1 blocks, and 1.6 three-pointers in 25 minutes per game through 80 games. He shot 49 percent from the field on 8.7 attempts per game and 85 percent from the line on 1.6 attempts per game. Playing in the Spurs' system helped Belinelli set career highs in rebounds, assists, and field goal percentage. Prior to last season, Belinelli's career high in field goal percentage was just 44 percent, so it'll be interesting to see if the 49 percent he shot last season was an anomaly or something he can sustain in the Spurs' elite ball-movement offense. Despite playing off the bench for the majority of last season, Belinelli posted a career high 15.0 PER (player efficiency rating). With Patty Mills (shoulder surgery) expected to be sidelined until February, Belinelli may be called upon to shoulder more of the scoring load early on. He's a reliable source of three-pointers of the waiver-wire even in standard leagues of late.
The Italian guard has matured into a valuable bench contributor, but his fantasy value will be limited by Popovich's glut of options at the two. The best case scenario for Belinelli could be a repeat of his Chicago campaign, but the veteran is not a truly elite three-point shooter (35.7%) and his one-on-one defensive efforts won't do too much to fill out a stat sheet.
Belinelli, who played with New Orleans last year and averaged 11.8 ppg, gives the Bulls a decent shooter off the bench, replacing Kyle Korver in the role. He could become a relevant fantasy option for three-pointers and more playing time if Richard Hamilton gets hurt - something that has happened regularly in recent years.
Belinelli enters 2011-2012 as one of the Hornets’ best shooters, coming off a career-best in shooting percentage (43.7 percent), three point shooting (41.4 percent), points (10.4) and rebounds (1.9). Belinelli started much of the season, and although he was not the scorer most would want as their starting shooting guard, he quietly put up a solid campaign. With the acquisition of a high profile shooting guard, Belinelli should face significantly less pressure and less talented defenders coming off the bench.
It's a shame Belinelli doesn't get more run in the NBA, as his name is just a lot of fun to say. Unforunately, when a player only averaged 17 minutes per game-as the Italian did last year-there aren't a lot of reasons to talk about him, especially in terms of his fantasy value. Belinelli was traded to the Hornets for Julian Wright in August. Hornet Coach Monty Williams said that the starting shooting guard spot could be a toss up between second-year player Marcus Thornton and Belinelli. Barring an injury to Thornton, however, that's probably not worth the necessary 30 minutes per game that Belinelli would need.
The Raptors need offense off the wing and Belinelli's shooting and ball-handling could allow him to provide it, but he played in just 42 games last season with Golden State thanks to an ankle injury and defensive struggles. The Raptors' Euro-styled offense should be a good fit for Belinelli's skill set and the starting two guard job is available, but he'll need to show some effort at the other end of the court if he wants to be more than an offensive spark off the bench.
Belinelli was a popular sleeper last year after his impressive Summer League play, but it became apparent in the preseason that his defense wasn't close to being "NBA-ready". As a result, he only played in 33 games last year, averaging a meager 2.9 points per game. Belinelli has had a year to get stronger and improve his defense, and will battle with Kelenna Azubuike for backup shooting guard minutes.
Belinelli was the talk of the Las Vegas Summer League, where he made Warriors games into a “how to shoot the J” clinic for fans and opposition players alike. There’s a good chance that he could emerge as this year’s version of Jorge Garbajosa – an experienced European player who steps in and contributes far more quickly than expected. Some other factors working in Belinelli’s favor – the trade of Jason Richardson moves Monta Ellis into the starting lineup, which frees up a sixth man/bench scorer role. And there’s even the possibility that Belinelli could get starter’s minutes if Ellis moves to the point when Baron Davis suffers his annual injury.
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Good to go Wednesday
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August 5, 2020
Belinelli (foot) will play Wednesday against the Nuggets, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
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Expected back vs. Denver
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August 4, 2020
Belinelli (foot) is listed as probable for Wednesday's game against Denver, Paul Garcia of Project Spurs reports.
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Out again Monday
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August 3, 2020
Belinelli (foot) will not play Monday against the 76ers, Jeff Garcia of News 4 in San Antonio reports.
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Won't play Sunday
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August 2, 2020
Bellinelli (foot) won't play Sunday against Memphis, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
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August 1, 2020
Belinelli (foot) is doubtful for Sunday's matchup against the Grizzlies, Jeff Garcia of News 4 San Antonio reports.
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