Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE
Marco Belinelli is supposed to be the replacement for Kyle Korver. So far he's a very long way from Korver, though. He's seven of 28 from the field, a field-goal percentage is .250. His effective field-goal percentage is also .250 which, for the mathematically challenged, means he hasn't hit a three yet.
That's not for lack of trying, though, as he's attempted 13 from deep.
For a career three-point shooter that has made close to 40 percent of his attempts, that's something that is going to be resolved, eventually. One hopes. Maybe.
The bigger issue for Belinelli is that he doesn't appear to have figured out the system yet offensively or defensively.
To be fair, in the last game there was an improvement on both ends of the court. Still, of all the new members of the team, he appears to be the most lost, even more so than the rookie, Marquis Teague.
On defense he's often clueless, and figures out where he was supposed to be mere moments after watching his man drive past him for an easy hoop. At one point, Taj Gibson had to physically place him in the right spot.
Thibodeau has little patience for ineptitude, and it is reflected in Belinelli's declining minutes. He played 25:59 minutes in his first game, 23:35 in his second, 22:07 in the third (in spite of starting), 18:11 in his fourth and 17:54 in his last game.
If he doesn't start figuring things out, then he's not going to get a lot of playing time this season, and the Bulls are going to have to figure out where the offense off the bench is coming from. At this rate, it's not coming from Belinelli anyway.