Marco Bellineli. Love him. Hate him. No question there is potential. But how will we ever see it?
Look at most of the great shooters in the NBA. Most of them (with the exception of a few - Ray Allen, Larry Bird) all had two things which we lack : a pass first point guard and a dominant post man. These are two essential ingredients to give shooters wide open looks.
Pass First Point Guard - Baron Davis is not the typical "pass first" PG. I have a feeling Monta Ellis won't be either. Having a PG that can penetrate and create is very helpful to a shooter. I mean, if we had Nash or Kidd they would probably be setting Beli up all day with open looks. I mean, Reggie Miller had Marc Jackson, even Jeff Hornysex had John Stockton. Since we do not carry one of this types, and a pass first PG is basically extinct in the modern day NBA, Bellinelli will probably suck until we get one.
Dominant Post Man - Post man can create shots for shooters when they are double teamed. When they are good passers to boot, it makes it even more unstoppable baby. Picture Chris Webber and Peja Stojakovic. That tandem was money. Steve Kerr had Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan. I really think this team still has no post players, dominant at that. Ronny Turiaf filled a need but he is not going to command double teams on the block. Nor Jacko or Maggette. If we do not get someone who can command a double team on the post, Bellinelli will probably suck.
I want Bellinelli to succeed, but I do not think there is enough pieces around him to make him better. There have been many successful shooters without these two aspects: Michael Redd, Mike Miller, Kyle Korver, Glen Rice, Chuck and Wesley Person.
I know Bellinelli wants to be more than a shooter, I get it.He wants to play D, he wants to be a PG, etc. But he will always be known as a shooter. There are people who already gave up on this kid, but I am saying with the right parts, he would be a threat in the league.
What's everyone's take on Marco Belinelli becoming a threat in this league and with our team? Does he need help or can he do it by himself? Future Baller or Future Bust?