Former prep star point guard Quinn Cook is now an Atlanta Hawk.
Cook hasn’t found his way since high school, staying all four seasons at Duke and spending his first entire season out of college in the G-League. He’s still shown great spurts as a professional though and Atlanta is a good situation for him to help continue to find his way in his career.
Last season in 14 games with the Dallas Mavericks, Cook averaged (5.6) points, (1.9) assists and (0.5) rebounds in (13.4) minutes of action per contest. He’s the reigning D-League All-Star Game MVP and he’s shown flashes of his scoring abilities at each level he’s played. Before being called up to the New Orleans Pelicans in March, Cook averaged (26) Points, (6.7) Assists, and (4.1) Rebounds Per Game for the G-league’s Canton Charge. He also scored a franchise-record (49) points, to go along with (11) assists, for the Charge on Dec. 7, 2016.
With the Pelicans, he scored 22 points on the road against the defending champion Golden State Warriors on April 8. This past summer league with the Pelicans, Cook exposed the Hawks with 26 points, seven rebounds, and five assists against the likes of John Collins, DeAndre Bembry, and Taurean Prince.
He uses the screens similar to All-Star Kemba Walker and he’s a scorer that the Hawks needed last season. His ability to shoot the three ball is also a plus for Coach Mike Budenholzer’s system.
In this upcoming rebuilding season, Cook has the chance to become the consistent back up point guard the Hawks have been looking for since the Jeff Teague trade in 2016. He can also fill in the role of scorer off the bench after the departure of Tim Hardaway, Jr.
Look for Cook to have a career season this year for the lottery-bound Hawks, with (12.6) Points, (3.2) Assists, and (1.2) Rebounds Per Game in an average of (18.6) minutes a night. This stop with the Hawks can be the place where he evolves from a borderline G-League guard to a role player in the NBA. Don’t be surprised to see Cook make an impact in the rotation for the Hawks this year.