After spraining his ankle, Stephen Curry is going to be out for at least a few weeks. So it comes as no surprise that the Golden State Warriors have added a point guard to the roster, by calling up Quinn Cook from the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Unsurprisingly, Warriors will recall Quinn Cook from their G-League team in Santa Cruz. Cook is expected to be available for tomorrow's game in Charlotte.— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) December 5, 2017
Cook, who is on a two-way contract, has spent all year bouncing between Golden State, and their G-League affiliate. He’s been a part of the roster on numerous occasions when the team has been short-handed, though he’s only played 19 minutes across three games.
However, Cook has been tearing up the G-League. In 10 games this year, the Duke product is averaging 25.1 points, 8.4 assists, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game, while shooting 49.5% from the field, 41.5% from deep, and 91.7% on free throws.
Cook has earned his chance, and with Curry out for a while, it’s possible that Cook will finally see some serious court time. Coach Steve Kerr has suggested that Cook will start getting playing time as the Dubs look to fill a void.
Steve Kerr wouldn't reveal his starting point guard tonight, said it may shuffle game to game. Also: Quinn Cook will play tonight. pic.twitter.com/TCEPnJxizx— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 6, 2017
While Shaun Livingston and Patrick McCaw will likely get the bulk of the point guard minutes in Curry’s absence, neither can shoot as well as Cook can. If Kerr is looking to space the floor a little better - something Golden State struggles to do when Curry isn’t playing - he may turn to Cook.
It’s not fun having Curry out. But it will be fun to see Cook get some playing time.
UPDATE: Cook will be starting tonight, per assistant coach Mike Brown.
Mike Brown said on KNBR that Quinn Cook is starting tonight so the Warriors can watch Shaun Livingston's minutes. Quite the opportunity for the Duke alum. Fresh from the G League, he'll start on national TV.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) December 6, 2017