The Knicks can sign players to 10-day contracts starting January 5th, and P&T has been scouring the planet in hopes of finding a useful guard for their open 15th roster spot. We've already covered Elliot Williams, Tony Wroten and Toure' Murry. But the search must go on!
Historians, anthropologists and various other social scientists will all tell you the same thing: nothing useful has ever come from Delaware. But as the Westchester Knicks get set to take on the Delaware 87ers (guh, that name!) Saturday afternoon in a 1 p.m. matinee -- you can catch it on MSG or streaming live on YouTube -- this might be a good time to take a gander at sharp-shooting Delaware guard Sean Kilpatrick.
An AP All-American out of Cincinnati, Kilpatrick got a cup of coffee in Minnesota last season (four games, 72 total minutes). He played well in Summer League with the Bucks but failed to impress in a preseason stint with the Pelicans.
Since then, however, Kilpatrick has gone O-F-F in the D-League, averaging 26.3 points (48.3 FG%, 47.7 3P%) 7.2 free-throw attempts, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.9 turnovers and 1.1 steals per game. And Kilpatrick isn't just a three-point specialist -- 30.4% of his points have come in the paint, 21.6% have come from the free-throw line. Kid knows what to do around the basket, as indicated by his 62.2 FG% in the restricted area.
Let's watch some highlights, shall we?
From the D-League:
From Summer League:
And from his brief 2014-15 NBA campaign:
Here's what Chris Reichert of Upside & Motor had to say about Kilpatrick's D-League success:
Probably the most complete guard in terms of scoring in the entire league -- can finish, and the mid-range and three-ball are all on point. Plays solid D. No reason for him to be in this league to be honest.
And this, from William Bohl of A Wolf Among Wolves:
@ChinaJoeFlynn they were, but I liked what I saw. The way he's playing in the dleague, he definitely deserves another shot.— William Bohl (@BreakTheHuddle) January 2, 2016
It should be noted that Kilpatrick didn't shoot the three particularly well in the D-League last season (34.6 3P%), nor was he a great shooter in college (34.7 3P%). Still, his shooting has taken a major step forward this season, and he impressed in limited NBA minutes in 2014-15. It seems like only a matter of time before some club offers him a 10-day deal; perhaps the Knicks should be that club!