Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Kilpatrick First Test of New Net GM

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Kilpatrick First Test of New Net GM

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LOS ANGELES -- Sean Marks' tenure as Nets general manager is less than two weeks old. But the next few games might provide a sense of what Marks likes in a player.

The Nets signed Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract on Sunday. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard, second in the NBA's Developmental League in scoring this season, has the distinction of being the first player the Nets' first-time GM inked to a deal.

Apparently, Marks -- the former Spurs assistant GM -- has had a close eye on Kilpatrick for some time now.

"He's told me he's been watching me for the past couple years when he was with the Spurs, and he pretty much knows what I can do," Kilpatrick said on Monday at Staples Center, before the Nets played the Clippers.

What Kilpatrick can do is score, in bunches. At Cincinnati, where he played his college ball, Kilpatrick increased his scoring average every year, and scored 20.6 points per game as a senior in 2013-14.

In the D-League this season, he's averaging 26.4 points per game and shooting 47.2 percent overall, including 42.6 percent from three- point range.

In the NBA, however, Kilpatrick hasn't gotten much of a chance. In 12 career games, he's averaged 4.1 points in 12.8 minutes.

When Kilpatrick gets his chance with the Nets, it's clear Marks wants him to play to his scoring strengths.

"He just wants me to be myself," Kilpatrick said of Marks. "And with me being able to have that type of mentality, and knowing that he has my back through everything, that's something real huge. So it's more ... of a confidence booster to just continue to keep coming out here and being me."

Presumably, with the Nets all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, Kilpatrick will get some chances to prove himself over the coming weeks.

But for Kilpatrick, who has only worked out once with the Nets since joining the team over the weekend, it's still not clear what his exact role will be. With such a quick turnaround, interim coach Tony Brown wouldn't guarantee that he'd play Monday night.

"But he's one of the best players in the D-League," Brown said. "Obviously he's up for a reason, and we're just trying to use the time that we have him to see what he can bring to our club."

Kilpatrick couldn't hide his excitement as he sat at his locker on Monday morning. This was his first time in Staples Center and his first trip to L.A.

"To have this opportunity," Kilpatrick said, "and being a part of this organization right now is something that's really major for me and my family. And I'm just really blessed that our general manager gave us the opportunity to really come out here and showcase what I can do."

It was a hectic few days for the Yonkers, N.Y. native. On Friday morning, he woke up in Maine after playing a game there Thursday night with his D-League team, the Delaware 87ers.

He flew back to Delaware, where he was supposed to play a game on Friday night. …

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