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Kings coach George Karl isn’t ready to put Marco Belinelli on a list of players such as Magic Johnson, John Stockton or Steve Nash – players who made their teammates play the right way – but believes the free agent acquisition has that quality.
The Kings signed the 6-foot-5 Belinelli, an eight-year veteran, to provide outside shooting, but Karl appreciates that the Italian has more to his game. Take Belinelli’s 32-point preseason effort against Portland; he also had four steals, three rebounds and three steals.
“(Belinelli) has a knack of making other people play the right way, which is an off-the-chart compliment even though you might not take it as a high compliment,” Karl said. “For a coach to say someone makes other people better is a high compliment.”
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PLAYER BIO: MARCO BELINELLI
Position/jersey: Guard-forward, No. 3
Height/weight: 6-5, 210
Experience: Eight years
Prior to NBA: Italy
Key 2014-15 stat: 91.9 percent of his three-pointers with San Antonio were assisted.
Comment: Could provide instant offense off the bench.
Bring everything on the court, be aggressive, play together on offense, play good defense and it’s all about winning. So we’re going to try to do that every day, every game.