It’s been a wildly eventful season for Quinn Cook. After playing only 14 games last year as a rookie (for the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans), Cook failed to earn a contract prior to this season. He received a few preseason invitations, but was cut in training camp. Finally, he signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors.
How Cook went unsigned while point guards like Jose Calderon and Derrick Rose earned guaranteed contracts is entirely beyond me, but I guess I can’t complain.
While Cook ended up spending much of his two-way contract with the Warriors, where he played in 33 games, and started 18, he also tore up the G League. In 29 games with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State’s affiliate, Cook averaged 25.3 points and 8.1 assists per game, while shooting 52.4% from the field, and 43.7% from three-point range.
And as a result, he was named first team All-G League.
Presenting your All-#NBAGLeague First Team: @Raptors905's @Zo_Brown, @GLeagueWarriors' @QCook323, @slcstars' @GeorgesNiang20, @SouthBayLakers' @nolimittb31 & @TexasLegends' @Fullcoursemeelz!— NBA G League (@nbagleague) April 16, 2018
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While the first team selection is quite an honor, it’s nothing compared to the real prize that Cook earned: He made Golden State’s playoff roster, and got himself a guaranteed contract for next season.
Congrats to Cook for the recognition, and to the Warriors for signing him when no one else would.