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Bulls guard Marco Belinelli off to slow start

Marco Belinelli, who was brought in to fill the role of sharpshooter, has played poorly and disappointed both fans and himself this preseason.


Chicago Bulls shooting guard Marco Belinelli has struggled early on with his new team, and he is as frustrated as anyone about his lack of production, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago:

"I'm happy because (Friday) we won a game, but personally I know that I can be better than that. I was a little bit pissed about that game (Friday), but that's part of the game, so the only thing I can do is just work, take my shot, and the confidence has to be more up."

In Friday's preseason contest with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Bulls won, 92-81, but Belinelli was held scoreless in just over 18 minutes of action.

Belinelli was signed this offseason by the Bulls to fill the role of sharpshooter, which was left empty following the departure of Kyle Korver. But through five preseason games, neither the Bulls nor Belinelli are satisfied with his performance. He is 7-for-28 from the field and has yet to make a three-point basket.

The 26-year-old Belinelli is entering his sixth season in the NBA after spending the first five seasons with the Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Hornets. His most prominent role came the past two seasons with New Orleans where he averaged more than 24 minutes per game in each season.

He is a career 42 percent shooter from the field and a 39 percent shooter from beyond the arc.