K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune writes that the Bulls are “close” to signing free agent shooting guard Marco Belinelli.
Last season, Belinelli played for the New Orleans Hornets, averaging 11.8 PPG (on 10.4 shots per game) while shooting 41.7 percent from the field and compiling a Player Efficiency Rating of 12.0.
Here are some bullets on Belinelli courtesy of ESPN’s John Hollinger:
+ Sweet-shooting, trigger-happy wingman. Rarely attacks rim or draws fouls.
+ Good ball handler for size but lacks explosiveness and doesn’t see court well.
+ Mediocre defender. Decent size and mobility, but lacks strength, leaping ability.
According to Hoopdata, here’s how Marco’s shooting locations / percentages broke down last season:
At the rim:
1.8 attempts / 60%
0.5 attempts / 41.2%
0.5 attempts / 27.8%
3.3 attempts / 39.0%
4.3 attempts / 37.7%
So Belinelli would be shooting mostly from the outside and doing little else.
If this and other projected signings go through, the Bench Mob will have undergone a radical makeover:
2011-12 Bench Mob:
John Lucas III
2012-13 Projected Bench Mob: