Hornets Trying to Keep Belinelli Confident
In practice, Hornets guard Marco Belinelli persistently works to make shots he’ll likely attempt in games. Although he shows a push to improve, Belinelli’s shooting percentage has dropped from last season — 43.7 to 39.5 percent — and his scoring average has slipped from 10.5 to 9.7 points.
“We have to keep him confident and don’t let him go through a shell or get bashed for it,” Hornets point guard Jarrett Jack said. “He’s a gunslinger, and he’s got to come out with that kind of mentality every night.
“This league is up and down, and there are going to be peaks and valleys. Only a few guys stay on an even keel all season, but his shots are going to fall for him.”
The Hornets (4-23) need all the help they can get, especially from players like Belinelli, who is familiar with Coach Monty Williams’s system after playing last season.
Williams said one of the problems they are having is trying to integrate several young players into the lineup. The Hornets also have struggled with injury problems.