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Sean Kilpatrick Showing Why He Belongs in the NBA

2 PM, April 7, 2016
Article by Jacob Geiser

Sean Kilpatrick showing why he belongs in the NBA.

Picture via USA Today
I have always a big fan of Sean Kilpatrick. When he came to Cincinnati, I remember watching him play in his first game after being redshirted. I loved everything about him; he was my favorite player in a Cincinnati uniform for 4 years. One of my favorite games to watch was when UC upset the #2 ranked Syracuse Orange in the Big East Semifinals in 2012. He was on fire from 3, hitting 6 from deep. He finished the game with 18 points as the Bearcats took down the Orange 71-68. That was one of the most exciting games to watch and he was in the forefront of it all. I knew from that moment on he was going to be one of the best to ever wear a Cincinnati jersey. I am one of those people who believe he should have his jersey retired. He is the 2nd player in program history to score over 2,000 points in his career. The only other person? Oscar Robertson. That topic is its own discussion.

The main point of this story is the fact at how resilient Kilpatrick has been in his quest to get to the NBA. He had knee problems coming out of college, so that hurt his draft stock. He was older for being a college graduate as well, but he was a first team All-American in his senior year when he average 20.6 ppg. He went undrafted, but would sign with the 76ers. He had a great summer during the summer league but ultimately didn't make the cut. He then got signed by the Warriors. Sean then moved to their D-league team, the Santa Cruz Warriors. Then he moved to the Delaware 87ers, the Sixers D-league team. He got a 10 day contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He played well and did what they asked of him, but he wasn't resigned.

Picture via AP Photo/ Stacey Bengs
In the start of 2015, he was signed by the Milwaukee Bucks and participated in their Summer league. He never was signed to a NBA deal. He then got signed by the New Orleans Pelicans. He had what seemed to be a great shot at making the team, but was surprisingly cut. He moved back to the 87ers where we went on a tear and turned some heads. He was signed by the Denver Nuggets to a 10 day contract and played well. He signed another one but after it expired wasn't resigned. He would move back to the 87ers and play in the D-league All-Star game.

He was signed by the Brooklyn Nets on February 28th, and played great. He scored a career high 19 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves and was resigned to another 10 day contract. He would tie his career high on March 13th and 15th. Four days later, he signed a multi-year deal with the Nets. It is a 3 year deal with a guarantee for next season.

All of the hard work has paid off for Kilpatrick. He stuck with his dream and is now a key piece to the Brooklyn Nets organization. In fact, the owner wants his players to play with more fire like Kilpatrick. In his 19 games as a Net, he has averaged 13.0 ppg. He has been shooting about 38 percent from 3 and 46 percent overall. His career high is 25 vs. the Charlotte Hornets. He shot 9 of 12 from the field hitting 4 threes in a 105-100 loss.

Kilpatrick has always had a knack for scoring, he did at Cincinnati and now as a Brooklyn Net. As a fan of Kilpatrick I am loving what he has done in his short time as apart of the Nets organization. He is getting the recognition he deserves not only from his coach but analysts as well.  I know many UC fans out there are proud of what Kilpatrick has done. The fans have known what he is capable of, his former teammates do, it just took the NBA a little longer to realize how special Kilpatrick can be. All I'm waiting on is the chance to buy a Sean Kilpatrick Nets jersey.