Who? That’s the question you might be asking if you haven’t followed college basketball recently. Quinn Cook is a third year pro out of Duke who has been grinding and working his way up into the NBA scene since graduating college in 2015. This past Wednesday, Cook earned his first official start in the league with the Warriors, contributing to the dubs’ 101-87 win in Charlotte.
At the start of the season, the Warriors signed Cook to a 2-way contract, meaning that he can spend a maximum of 45 days during the season with Golden State, while spending the remainder of the season with the G-League affiliate, Santa Cruz. This opportunity has been a long time coming for Cook. He’s played brief stints with the Mavs and Pelicans since finishing college, but has never gotten the opportunity for an integral role. Now, he’ll be developing and growing as a player in the G-league, and have the chance to show out for Golden State when he’s called up for regular season games. Cook showed promise during his college career, putting up solid numbers every year and exploding for a spectacular senior year, leading Duke to the national championship. He’s shown that he can play and win on the big stage, so this contract with the Warriors may hold the breakthrough he’s been waiting for. Cook is actually following a similar path to former Warrior Ian Clark, who was a member of the 2017 championship team. Clark went undrafted before working his way in to the NBA through the minor leagues, then eventually found his way to Golden State where he earned minutes and became part of the regular rotation on a championship roster. Don’t be too surprised if Cook does the same. He may not have Steph’s quickness or Klay’s shooting prowess, but he could become a solid weapon for the Warriors off the bench in the near future.
By: Will Eudy