One of the G League’s most notable recent alumni is heating up for the defending champions
Despite fielding a depleted roster, the Golden State Warriors have hardly lost a stride in the march up to the playoffs. One key contributor in recent games has been Quinn Cook, who has shone on the court since his call-up from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League.
Cook is a member of basketball’s blue bloods, having played for the famed programs of DeMatha, Oak Hill and Duke before beginning his professional career. Despite earning Duke the NCAA title in 2015 as the bona fide leader of the team, the 6-foot-2 point guard went undrafted. The young floor general remained patient and bided his time in the G League, claiming Rookie of the Year and then league First-Team honors in his two seasons there.
Just as he waited his turn off the court, Cook is equally patient on the court. As he has shown for Golden State in recent games, his poise is reflected in his probing style of play, as he has a knack for keeping defenses honest with his ball-handling and passing ability. With his ability to shoot and pass, he has fit right into the Warriors’ gameplan. Although most of his high-scoring outputs have come in the flow of the Golden State offense and despite his collegiate reputation as a pass-first point guard, Cook has also shown his ability to create for himself with his in-and-out dribbles, spin moves and fearlessness in attacking the rack. With his game firing on all cylinders, the Warriors will continue to rely on his playmaking and scoring even in the postseason, and Quinn Cook will be more than ready for the challenge.
Article written by Wong Chin Yi
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