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Karl: Belinelli suited well for reserve role

Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl argues officials during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in Phoenix.
Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl argues officials during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in Phoenix. AP

Marco Belinelli scored 32 points in Monday’s preseason win and social media coaches reached one conclusion: Belinelli should be the Kings’ starting shooting guard this season.

It’s ridiculous to jump to that conclusion based on Belinelli putting up numbers against backups from Portland, a team that is not being celebrated for its depth.

But to be safe, I asked coach George Karl how he viewed Belinelli’s role.

“I can just tell you my feeling the last two to three years, which I think have been the best of his career, he’s been coming off the bench,” Karl said. “I think in Chicago he was really good and in San Antonio he was really good.

“I’m sure he started some games there but most of the time he was being an offensive weapon coming into a game. And I think people are going to think I’m crazy but he’s not bad defensively. He’s not our worst defender.”

Belinelli has started 61 of 215 games over the last three seasons with Chicago (2012-13) and San Antonio (2013-15).

Belinelli scored 12 points in Wednesday’s 102-98 preseason loss at Phoenix. After making four of his 10 three-pointers at Portland, Belinelli missed eight of his nine threes.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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