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by Bill Schoening | Dec. 3, 2013
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When the Spurs first announced they had signed free agent guard Marco Belinelli this past summer, I remembered a pregame interview I had conducted with him while he was a member of the New Orleans Hornets early in his NBA career.
He spoke of Spurs' guard Manu Ginobili in glowing terms, fondly recalling the days when Ginobili was the MVP of the Italian league and Belinelli was a bright eyed teenager vying for playing time.
I recall thinking that Belinelli might be a good fit for the Spurs one day. Here in the early stages of the 2013-14 season, Marco has shown he is more than just a good fit; it's almost like he's been a Spur all along.
Through 18 games, Belinelli was leading the NBA in 3 point field goal percentage, hitting a remarkable 56%. He is also running the floor, distributing the ball, and bringing energy to the Spurs' very productive bench, which is averaging over 44 points per game.
The native of Bologna is enjoying his time in San Antonio so far.
"I am very happy to be with the Spurs and playing with these great players. I just want to keep playing well and helping the team. We just need to keep working so we can improve and win games."
If Belinelli continues to play at this level and the second unit keeps up it's production, the Spurs should continue to battle for one of the top spots in the Western Conference.