San Antonio Spurs: Marco Belinelli is the Perfect Role Player

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Mar 31, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) celebrates with forward Tim Duncan (21) and guard Marco Belinelli (3) after their against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Spurs won 103-77. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Belinelli has spearheaded the Spurs bench, AKA the Foreign Legion, a group of international players (Mills, Manu Ginobili, Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw) that is content with wreaking havoc on opposing defenses.  In fact, the Foreign Legion leads the league in bench scoring, assists, and defensive rebounds in a large part due to Belinelli’s emerging role as a catalyst for the machine-like Spurs offense.

In less than a full season with the Spurs, Belinelli has already shown complete chemistry with a Spurs team that has seemingly been together forever.  Some of the most spectacular Spurs plays this season have been between Ginobili and Belinelli, who look like they have been playing together their entire careers.

Lastly, Belinelli has a very unassuming personality and simply looks the part of a Spurs player.

If you were just watching the Spurs and Belinelli play for the first time, you would probably think that Belinelli has been on the Spurs for years and was one of their core players.

Belinelli perfectly fits in with the basketball culture that San Antonio advocates, and it is for all the previous reasons that Belinelli rightfully deserves my man crush as the Spurs best offseason acquirement in years.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that he has bigger and better things planned for this year’s playoffs.

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