After scoring a career-high 25 points in last night’s loss to the Hornets, Sean Kilpatrick is the local kid playing for the home team, the Brooklyn Nets.
Born and raised in Yonkers, NY, Kilpatrick is living out his dream of playing in the NBA with the luxury of having his family and friends there to watch him every step of the way. His journey was nothing but short or simple to say the least, but anything worth having doesn’t come easy. His journey reminds me of many hardworking New Yorkers who are just trying to make it out alive of the jungle day in and day out.
Sean blew away the competition at White Plains High School, averaging 28 points per game in his time there. He then played his collegiate ball at the University of Cincinnati. After going undrafted, he spent the next two years jumping around playing for numerous NBA teams until he found his home in Brooklyn.
His time spent at Cincinnati was a glimpse of what his professional career would turn out to be. Throughout his 4-year career, Sean only made glides to improve his overall game. He finished his career at Cincinnati by finishing second in scoring behind Oscar Robertson.
After the draft, Sean bounced around the league playing for plenty of D-League teams and earning a few 10-day contracts with both the T-Wolves and Nuggets without either team offering him an extension. Everyone knew that he was what you called a “proven scorer,” but in his two years post Cincinnati he couldn’t put it all together.
Kilpatrick’s name started becoming a regular in the D-League post the NBA All-Star break. His level of play increased tremendously and made the Nets take a chance on him by offering him his first 10-day contract on February 28th. Sean came in and immediately made an impact on the team’s play. His 3-point shooting, ball handling and court awareness all were much better than anyone the Nets had coming off the bench. He made his new GM Sean Marks look extremely clever by outplaying his contract and earning himself a second 10-day contract. Once his second contract was up, the Brooklyn Nets inked Sean to a multi-year extension.
The Nets have been trying to create an identity ever since moving to Brooklyn. Sean Kilpatrick exemplifies what it means to be all in for Brooklyn. His hard work and determination not only earned him a multi-year contract but also won over the fans in the New York City borough. He’s most definitely helped the Brooklyn Nets on the court, but his work ethic and resilience is what makes him a fan favorite.
The Brooklyn faithful are blue-collared, hard workers who don’t take no for an answer. That’s the same attributes Sean Kilpatrick exemplifies with Brooklyn across his chest. With that attitude, the only way for Sean’s game to go is up.
He’s already helping the Nets with his short time here and it’ll only get better once the team gets better. Plus he’s a New Yorker, so that always makes it better.