NBA G League Star Quinn Cook Gets First NBA Start

With the injury to Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, two-way player Quinn Cook got his opportunity. The Santa Cruz Warriors star was awarded his first NBA start in the Warriors’ 101-87 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday. In 22 minutes on the floor, he finished the game with eight points on 3-for-7 shooting (2-for-4 from 3), to go with three assists and three boards.

Cook was a standout at Duke, where he won the National Championship as a senior in 2015, before going undrafted and taking the NBA G League route — with the Canton Charge during his first two seasons and now with the Warriors. He earned NBA G League rookie of the Year honors in 2016 and All-Star MVP in 2017.

Cook earned Call-Ups to the Pelicans and Mavericks last season, and then had a quick preseason stint with the Atlanta Hawks, before signing his two-way deal with the Warriors this season. Cook spoke with about his journey to the NBA earlier this season.

Cook, who was raised in the Washington D.C. area, played high school basketball at the infamous Oak Hill Academy, where Kevin Durant played his junior year. Durant and Cook were friends growing up, and have been reunited as teammates this season.

Cook has seen time in both the NBA and the G League this season as one of the first two-way players in league history. In 10 games with Santa Cruz this season, he is averaging 25.1 points (third in the league), 8.4 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals.