Sean Andrew Marks is a professional basketball player from New Zealand who plays as a power forward and even as a center. The first player from New Zealand to ever play in the NBA, Marks began his playing career at the Rangitoto College in Auckland. In 1992, Marks moved to the USA primarily to be able to play NCAA ball with the University of California, while majoring in Political Science.
Playing with the college team, Marks graduated in 1998 and was picked at 44th overall, by the New York Knicks, at the 1998 NBA Draft. He was traded out to the Toronto Raptors on the draft night itself, a team where he made his debut in the NBA.
Despite having played in the NCAA, Marks would require a lot more time to get accustomed to the power and speed of the NBA. He played just 3.5 minutes per game in his 8 appearances in the first season, scoring at 1.4 points per game. In the second season, his contribution decreased in terms of the number of games (5) and the time he spent on the court (2.4).
In 2000-01, Marks decided to move overseas again, this time to Europe and Slask Wroclaw in Poland. He returned for a 10-day try-out with the Seattle Supersonics in December but once things didn’t work out, he returned to Poland till the end of the season.
Marks came back to the USA in 2001-02 and signed with the Miami Heat. Playing 21 games through the season, Marks also made 6 starts while playing an average of 15.2 minutes per game. His rebounds stood at an all-time high of 3.6 per game while his scoring was also a career high of 4.6 per game.
He stayed with Miami for another season, playing 23 games but not starting a single one. There was a drop in playing time, to 9.6 minutes per game, as well as a drop in his other stats. Marks was traded out to the San Antonio Spurs who were looking for a backup to the soon-to-be-vacant center position. Marks came in but was out of commission for the entire 2003-04 season due to an injury.
In 2004-05, Marks returned to the team, playing 23 games at 10.6 minutes per game. The following season, he played 25 games but his minutes per game had dropped to 7.2. Marks remained around the 3.3 mark in the scoring category during his time with the Spurs.
In 2006, Marks signed a single-year deal with the Phoenix Suns and despite playing just 3 games in the entire year, was offered another contract for 2007-08. Marks made a bigger impact in his second season with the Suns, however it was only “relative” in terms of the 2006-07 season. In 19 games, he played only 6.8 minutes per game, scoring at 3.1 points per game. He did manage a double-double against the Portland Trail Blazers, scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
In 2008-09, Marks signed up with the New Orleans Hornets. In his first season, the Hornets gave him 60 appearances however Marks had just 5 starts in them, playing 14 minutes per game. Despite the higher exposure, he only managed 3.1 rebounds and 3.2 points per game, the problem of playing on a weaker team.
At the international level Marks has played for the New Zealand national team at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics while also leading the team to a fourth place finish at the 2002 FIBA World Basketball Championships. Marks decided to retire from international basketball in 2004 however, he was talked out of retirement by Nenad Vucinic, the new coach of the national basketball team.
Today, Marks is an American citizen after he took the oath on November 30th, 2007.