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Marco Belinelli confirms he’ll participate in All-Star weekend’s three-point contest

Jan 29, 2014, 10:13 AM EDT

Marco Belinelli AP

All-Star weekend in New Orleans is a little more than two weeks away, and we’ll be getting official word on all of the events’ participants soon enough.

The reserves for each All-Star team will be announced on Thursday (though we already know Joakim Noah is in), and the fields for the dunk contest and three-point shootout will be filled in shortly thereafter.

Marco Belinelli is one name we can add as a definite for the three-contest, because he confirmed his participation himself.

From Sportando.net (via HoopsHype):

Marco Belinelli confirmed to La Gazzetta dello Sport the reports that he has been named for the 3-point shootout contest in the NBA All-Star Game.

Belinelli will be the second Italian after Danilo Gallinari to be in the All-Star Game.

“I am happy because it is very important to me, my fans and Italy” said Belinelli. “It is going to be a step forward in my career. I go to New Orleans to win” added Belinelli.

Belinelli is second in the league in three-point shooting percentage at 46.7 percent, with a respectable (though not extremely high) number of attempts. His 152 shots from beyond the arc qualifies him statistically, but places him just 64th in the league in that category.

The league leader in three-point shooting percentage, by the way, will surprise you: It’s Kendall Marshall, who has lit it up from distance since joining the Lakers by hitting 47.3 percent of his threes on 74 attempts.

Kyrie Irving is another name we can almost certainly count on to be added to the contest list, considering the fact that he won it last year and wants to defend his title.

  1. moemoe18 - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Wish Kyle Korver got another chance !

  2. 2016olympics - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Bulls messed up letting him to go SA for the same money as they signed Dunleavy for.

    • adamsjohn714 - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      Dunleavy isn’t bad and Marco wasn’t as good last year as he is now. Popovich tends to improve player performance.

      • 2016olympics - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        No, Dunleavy isn’t bad, and yes, their stats are comparable. However, Belinelli can create off the dribble and make his own shot…something the Bulls desperately need right now. It’s false to say that Popovich has gotten more out of him than Thibs did…and if you believe that, then I’ve got a wicked bridge to sell you.

      • adamsjohn714 - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        This year, Marco’s scoring is up, rebounding is up, assists are up, steals are up, fouls are down, and his shooting is up monumentally (around 10% TS%!!). He’s gotten very slightly worse in regards to turnovers and his blocked shots have dropped from .2 per 48 minutes to .1 per 48 minutes, which equates to about 8 fewer blocks on the season if he played every single minute.

        For all those shots he “created” in Chicago, he sure didn’t make too many.

        Now, you could say that it’s just luck that Marco is having a vastly improved year in San Antonio, but I’d counter with the fact that Pop manages to produce results like this with nearly every player that plays for him.

      • spursareold - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        2016 – He mostly creates for others off the dribble and moves without the ball to get his shot. His iso stats this year are pretty miserable, but that could also be a miniscule sample size.

        He’s a huge fan favorite already, and Pop said that he may be the most plug and play player they’ve ever signed.

    • spursareold - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      He was unrestricted, so it’s not like Chicago failed to match or anything. He’s also on record as saying he gave SA a discount. He had a higher offer out there, but wanted to play for Pop and with Manu, who was both his idol, and team mate at Virtus Bologna in the early 2000s.

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