The Los Angeles Lakers needed to add shooters to the roster last summer and did so with the signing of former Golden State Warrior, Quinn Cook.
Quinn Cook spent four seasons with the Duke Blue Devils, where he became a fan-favorite. In his senior year, he capped off his four-year stint with the Blue Devils with a National Championship victory.
In his college career, Quinn averaged 11 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.1 steals. However, these averages and a National Championship were not enough for teams to notice the talent that Cook had.
As a result, Cook went undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft. However, he had a chance to play for both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers Summer League teams.
After the Summer League, Cook would sign with the Cavs. However, shortly after he signed with Cleveland, he would be waived by the team and signed by their G-League team, the Canton Charge.
The next year Cook would sign with the New Orleans Pelicans but he would be waived shortly after signing with them as well. Cook would find himself back on the Canton Charge. He then would sign a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
After the contract Cook was back with the Charge. Cook spent the rest of 2017 with the Pelicans but would join the Atlanta Hawks for training camp before he was waived. He signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors and stayed with them until 2019. Then Cook found his way onto the Lakers where he may have found his home.
Strengths And Weaknesses
Cook is an elite three-point shooter throughout his career, averaging 41% from behind the arc in his professional career. This is by far the strong suit of his game. At times, Cook can be a liability on defense. His size does not help him either on the defensive side of the ball. He is only 6’1″ and 179 pounds.
This means that if he is switched onto a big in a pick and roll there is not much that he can do. Also, because of his size, he struggles to get rebounds when he is in the game. Lastly, Cook is not much of a playmaker. His offensive game is mostly shooting uncontested three’s and not making plays to find open teammates.
What He Brings To The Team
Cook is a good piece on the Los Angeles Lakers because of his amazing three-point shooting. He can be an X-Factor coming from the bench and can make it start raining threes in the Staples Center.
This could be something that winds up being very useful once the playoffs roll around. However, we have not been given a chance to get a good look at what Cook truly can do with the team around him, as he only averages around 10 minutes a game.
With that being said, Cook is a very good fit with the Lakers and while he does have aspects of his game to improve, he can be someone who helps the team for years to come.