They waited until the opening day of the season, but the Warriors have finally tied the bow on their roster, by signing point guard Quinn Cook to their final two-way contract.
Sources: The Golden State Warriors and guard Quinn Cook have agreed to a two-way NBA contract. Cook played in camp with Atlanta.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 17, 2017
Cook comes to the Warriors with a little bit of experience. He appeared in 14 games last year, his rookie season, playing for both the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans. While he only averaged 13.4 minutes per game, he had an impressive 5.6 points and 1.9 assists per game, while shooting 42.3% from downtown.
While the NBA experience is minimal, Cook spent two years in the G-League with the Canton Charge, where he played very well. In those two years, he averaged 22.6 points and 6.0 assists per game, and made 37.7% of his threes. He also was a G-League All-Star during the 2015-16 season.
It might seem a little surprising that the Dubs used their final two-way contract on another team’s camp cut, rather than on one of the five player they signed to training camp contracts. But it actually makes a lot of sense:
Point guard is a smart choice for the Warriors’ final two-way because he can come up when Curry or Livingston has a night off (rest/injury). https://t.co/q8mrpKkOak— Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) October 17, 2017
Cook’s style of play fits well with the Warriors, which makes him valuable on those nights where they need a point guard. He’s a good shooter, and a player who prefers to move the ball and set the offense in motion.
While Cook has nice assist numbers, he’s not a ball-dominant point guard, which makes him valuable in Golden State’s offense.
The Dubs certainly hope that Curry and Livingston remain healthy, but it seems likely that we’ll see a fair amount of Quinn Cook throughout the year.