Marco Belinelli: NBA Draft Profile

April 30th, 2007

NBA Draft: Marco Belinelli


Team: Climamio Bologna

Birth Year: 1986 


Position: SG

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 191lbs


Accolades: Italian Junior National Team, Italian Under-20 National Team, Italian National Team.


Scouting Report: A flashy, explosive scoring Italian.


Strengths: Despite his age, he is a very experienced player – been playing professionally since he was 15.  A very capable scorer.  Has a very good jump shot – can hit the three.  Extremely athletic – can run and jump out of the gym – not uncommon for him to pull off 360° dunks in a game.  Can easily blow by his man off the dribble and finish strong at the rim.  Decent defender.  Good ballhandler.  Used to being counted on in pressure situations – was the main scorer for the Italian National Team in last year’s World Championships and is one of Bologna’s key players in the tough Euroleague.


Weaknesses: Shoots way too many threes – should use his slashing ability more.  Takes more three-pointers than two-pointers in games. Doesn’t shoot the three-pointer for a high enough %.  Doesn’t contribute anything in the rebounding or assist columns – is a little one-dimensional.  Needs to get stronger/heavier for the NBA.  Game seemed to take a step back this past season – his key stats were down this year from last.  Will be a bit undersized for the shooting guard spot.  Can be a little too flashy at times – doesn’t always make the smart play.


Projected 2007 Draft Range: Mid first round pick.


Consensus:  Belinelli followed up his strong showing in last summer’s World Championships with a so-so season this year.  His scoring and athletic ability, coupled with his experience, makes him a good NBA prospect still.  He needs to expand his game (stop settling for so many threes) and get stronger to be a real standout NBA pro.







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