There’s still over a week before the season is set to get underway, but there are plenty of concerns surrounding this Chicago Bulls team. One of the bigger ones is the bench and the way it has struggled overall early on.
Of the struggling bench, none have struggled more than Marco Belinelli.
Belinelli was essentially brought in to replace Kyle Korver off the bench, but has the potential to be better. He’s a strong three-point shooter, but is better on defense and creating his own shot than Korver was with the Bulls.
Having struggled from the field, and having yet to nail a shot from beyond the arc, in the preseason, Belinelli’s confidence is low. But should there be a real concern over his play in the preseason? It seems that there has been a slight negative overreaction to the play of the bench overall.
Belinelli’s last two years were the first two in which he’s actually seen significant time. He started over 110 games in two years with the New Orleans Hornets. He’s back in a bench role for the Bulls, but still has the potential to be one of the more effective players on this team.
It’s that potential that should help to quell the fears over the struggles of Belinelli early in the preseason. His shooting percentages over the course of his career have been pretty consistent, and have almost gotten better with more playing time. That should indicate that he will come out of this in time to start the year.
At the end of the day, Marco Belinelli was brought to this team to make baskets. If he’s not doing that, then there’s an issue, even if he is strong off the ball and in creating his own shot. It should only be a matter of time before his current shooting percentages turn around. A bit more time to adjust to Chicago and getting a couple of shots to drop should do wonders.
I’ve been a fan of Belinelli since the signing and look forward to seeing what he does for the Chicago Bulls this season.