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Lakerholicz – Quinn Cook

Quinn Cook

Quinn Cook on a basketball court wearing Golden State Warriors jersey

Quinn Cook is an NBA Championship winning basketball player. His road to his current franchise has had its share of twists and turns. After an impressive college career with Duke University, Quinn Cook traveled between franchises and played predominantly in the NBA G League until his NBA debut in February 2017. During this time, many people wondered: who does Quinn Cook play for?

The answer to that question is now the LA Lakers. Along the way, Quinn Cook picked up an NBA Championship ring with the Golden State Warriors in 2018. The Lakers will be hoping that he can bring his winning mentality to the Staples Center to break the Lakers NBA Playoff drought.

Quinn Cook was born on 23 March 1993 in Washington, D.C. He was childhood friends with Kevin Durant, who helped mentor him in his professional basketball career. The two would ultimately be teammates at the Golden State Warriors and win a championship together.

After establishing himself as NBA quality, Cook will be hoping that he can form strong partnerships with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Quinn Cook’s position of point guard is usually played by taller players, but Cook has shown his ability to rise to the occasion when it matters. He’ll be hoping to grow his reputation as a clutch player this season with the LA Lakers, hopefully taking them back to the NBA Playoffs.

Early career

Quinn Cook’s career has had its shares of ups and downs. Despite setbacks, Quinn Cook has consistently performed whenever he’s played, from high school and college to the NBA G League and the NBA. He is a great role-model for young basketball players who perhaps don’t get the draft or contract that they were hoping for. With hard work and a professional attitude, there is always going to be a chance to launch your NBA career.

Quinn Cook began to make a name for himself in basketball circles as early as high school. He attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland for his freshman, sophomore and junior years. During his junior year, DeMatha was the top-ranked team in the state of Maryland.

Quinn Cook has been friends with Kevin Durant since childhood, and Cook would ultimately follow in Durant’s footsteps when he transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia for his senior year. Durant had spent his junior year at Oak Hill Academy before transferring to Montrose Christian School for his senior year.

In his senior year at Oak Hill Academy, Quinn Cook continued to build his reputation. Cook averaged 19.1 points, 10.9 assists and 2.5 steals per game. His average of a double-double for points and assists made him a widely sought after recruit for universities across the nation. He was selected for the 2011 McDonald’s All-American game.

Quinn Cook had to decide which college team to play for. He had approaches from Villanova, Duke, North Carolina, and UCLA. Cook decided to select Duke University for his college career. He made his announcement live on ESPNU. The decision was influenced by Kevin Durant, who had advised Cook to play for a coach that he trusted. Cook admitted that the reason he chose Duke was because of coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Mike Krzyzewski coaching during FIBA Basketball world cup game

In his freshman year, Quinn Cook found himself on the bench due to injury and strong competition. He would only start four games in the season. The following three seasons, Cook would go from strength to strength. In his final season with the Dukes, Cook averaged 15.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. That year the Dukes won the 2015 NCAA Division 1 championship.

The following year Quinn Cook enlisted for the 2015 NBA Draft. Despite an NCAA championship and representing Duke, Quinn Cook’s NBA draft experience would be his first career setback. Cook would go undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft. While this seems surprising, his smaller size and low defensive stats perhaps made him less of a target in an already strong group of players in the draft.

Over the next two years, Quinn Cook would be waived four times and sign three 10-day contracts. Throughout this time Cook continued to impress whenever given an opportunity, remaining professional and focused on his career ambitions.

Canton Charge

After going undrafted, Quinn Cook failed to earn a contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cook did, however, sign with the Cavaliers’ affiliate side, the Canton Charge, in October 2015. In the NBA G League, Cook impressed for the Canton Charge. He won the 2015-2016 Rookie of the Year award for averaging 19.6 points, 5.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game.

In September 2016, Cook signed with the New Orleans Pelicans but was waived after three pre-season games. He resigned with the Canton Charge in November 2016. Not deterred by the back and forth, Cook would post better stats the following season with the Canton Charge. In the 2016-2017 season, Quinn Cook averaged 26 points, 6.7 assists, and 4.1 rebounds.

Dallas Mavericks

His performances were noted, and Cook signed a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks on 26 February 2017. Cook made his NBA debut with the Dallas Mavericks but ultimately returned to the Canton Charge after the 10-day contract expired on 8 March 2017.

New Orleans Pelicans

On 19 March 2017, Quinn signed a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans then signed Quinn to another 10-day contract on 29 March 2017. When the second 10-day contract expired, the Pelicans signed Quinn for the remainder of the season. During this time, Quinn scored 22 points against the Golden State Warriors. The Pelicans ultimately waived Quinn in July 2017.

Cook briefly joined the Atlanta Hawks for a training camp before being waived on 13 October 2017. Quinn Cook could be forgiven for feeling disheartened at this point but he kept his focus.

Golden State Warriors

Fortunately for Quinn Cook, news of his availability piqued the interest of the Golden State Warriors executives, his 22-point performance against them no doubt still fresh. On 17 October 2017, Cook signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. He would play for both the Golden State Warriors and their NBA G League affiliate side, the Santa Cruz Warriors.

For the Santa Cruz Warriors, Cook impressed with an average of 25.3 points, 8.1 assists, and 4.6 rebounds. He would ultimately earn more game time for the Golden State Warriors, thanks in part to injuries to other players.

San Francisco city hall in Golden State Warriors Blue and Yellow colors

He took the opportunity with both hands and signed a two-year contract with the Golden State Warriors’ first team in April 2018. He would go on to help the Golden State Warriors win the 2018 NBA Championship title.

The following season, rumors of a Quinn Cook trade began to appear. He would end up keeping his place on the Warriors’ roster and finish as a runner-up in the 2019 NBA Finals. At the end of the season, with his contract expiring, Cook became a free agent.

Los Angeles Lakers

While most Lakers’ news was dominated by the Anthony Davis trade, Quinn Cook signed as a free agent along with DeMarcus Cousins and Danny Green. In Quinn Cook, the Lakers have a player who is not afraid to take shots under pressure. He could be the missing piece in the puzzle that takes the Lakers back to the playoffs.

With Frank Vogel coaching the Lakers, Quinn Cook has an opportunity to improve his defensive stats this season. Vogel is the ideal coach to strengthen Cook’s game.

Many Lakers fans will be looking to the Lakers schedule to see when they can watch Cook in action. He has a history of winning titles, and the Lakers will be hoping he continues that trend at the Staples Center. To find out more about Quinn Cook and the Lakers, follow the Lakerholicz website. With recent partnership with BetMGM, support us by visiting BetMGM for a seamless betting and gaming experience.

NBA stats

Quinn Cook’s stats in the NBA might not seem that impressive at first but it is important to remember that he had limited playing time with the Mavericks and the Pelicans. Cook averages 7.4 points, 2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He’ll be hoping to improve these stats with the Lakers this season.

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