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San Antonio Spurs: Marco Belinelli is back on track in December

By Dylan Carter
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - DECEMBER 04: Marco Belinelli #18 of the San Antonio Spurs brings the ball up court against the Utah Jazz in a NBA game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on December 4, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - DECEMBER 04: Marco Belinelli #18 of the San Antonio Spurs brings the ball up court against the Utah Jazz in a NBA game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on December 4, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
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It took a while for sharpshooter Marco Belinelli to get acclimated to the San Antonio Spurs, but his shots are really starting to fall in December.

When it was first announced that shooting guard Marco Belinelli would return to the San Antonio Spurs, fans rejoiced. After undergoing a resurgence with the Philadelphia 76ers last season, Beli became a hot commodity in the free agent market earlier this year. General manager R.C. Buford worked to reconstruct his roster to increase scoring volume and space the floor, so reuniting with Belinelli was a sure-fire way to increase San Antonio’s offense.

As he readjusted to head coach Gregg Popovich’s offensive schemes, Belinelli struggled to find his jumper. After hitting 38.5 percent of his threes during his 28 regular season games in Philly, Belinelli’s average is down to 36.1 percent this year.

With that said, the tides are changing for Belinelli. Over the course of their last seven games, the Spurs are 6-1 with Marco connecting on 47.4 percent on 5.4 attempts from behind the arc. Not only is he shooting more efficiently, but he’s taking more shots as San Antonio’s offense has clicked.

HOW, @marcobelinelli?!? pic.twitter.com/wUN8C3BFzW

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) December 20, 2018

Belinelli is one of the league’s most dangerous shooters and we’re living in an age when floor spacing is crucially important to team success. Implementing an offensive weapon like Belinelli into the lineup was a great way to keep up with the league’s trends and pick up the Spurs’ tempo.

In his first stint in San Antonio, Belinelli became the NBA’s All-Star Three-Point Contest champion and won a world title in 2014. Not only does he bring championship experience to a team scattered with youth, but he is a massive scoring asset to a team looking to gain traction in the Western Conference playoff picture.

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If Belinelli can sustain this level of production into the second half of the season then San Antonio will have a serious chance at making a run in the postseason.

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