20 Facts About Marco Belinelli


Marco Stefano Belinelli is an Italian professional basketball player and the team captain for Virtus Bologna of the Lega Basket Serie A and the EuroLeague.


Marco Belinelli was selected 18th overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors.


Marco Belinelli won the Three-Point Contest during the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend.


Marco Belinelli 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.


Marco Belinelli's 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.


Marco 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.


Marco Belinelli played his first NBA game as a starter for Toronto on 2 February 2010 against the Indiana Pacers.


On 24 July 2012, Marco Belinelli signed with the Chicago Bulls.


Since joining the Bulls, Marco 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.


On 11 July 2013, Marco Belinelli signed with the San Antonio Spurs.


Marco Belinelli 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 Marco Belinelli's score in the initial final round.


In Game 3 of the 2014 NBA Finals against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, Marco Belinelli hit a crucial 3 pointer in the third quarter that increased San Antonio's lead back to double digits.


On 13 July 2015, Marco Belinelli signed with the Sacramento Kings.


On 7 July 2016, Marco Belinelli was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for the draft rights to Malachi Richardson.


On 20 June 2017, Marco Belinelli was traded, along with Miles Plumlee and the 41st pick which became Tyler Dorsey 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 12 February 2018, Marco Belinelli signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.


On 20 July 2018, Marco Belinelli signed with the San Antonio Spurs, returning to the franchise for a second stint.


On 26 November 2020, Marco Belinelli left the NBA and returned to Italy signing a three-year deal, until June 2023 with Virtus Bologna.


Marco Belinelli made his debut with the Italian national team in the 2006 FIBA World Championship.


Marco Belinelli 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.