Two-Way Tracker: Meet New Nuggets Forward Tyler Cook

By Jake Winderman | August 28, 2019

Player: Tyler Cook

College: Iowa (2016-2019)

Height/Weight: 6-foot-9, 245 pounds

NBA Team/NBA G League Affiliate: Denver Nuggets/TBD

College Breakdown: Tyler Cook spent three seasons at the University of Iowa, earning All-Big Ten Second Team (Media Poll) honors during his junior year. In his final season with the Hawkeyes, Cook notched 14.5 points, a career-high 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game on 51.0% shooting from the field. During the 2018-19 season, Cook ranked 8th in free throws made and rebounds per game and 13th in points per game and field goal percentage. Cook posted five double-doubles of at least 17 points and 11 rebounds during his junior campaign and tallied double-digit scoring in 25 of his 33 appearances. Before leaving Iowa, Cook helped the Hawkeyes win their first NCAA Tournament game since 2016 in a victory over Cincinnati in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

Scouting Report: With his size and muscular build, Cook projects to be a traditional power forward at the NBA level, with potential to guard taller centers due to an impressive 7-foot-0.5-inch wingspan. Cook is a force to be reckoned with in the paint, using his size to create space in the low-post. Cook’s soft hands for a big man allow him to handle entry passes with ease, swiftly grab boards on both ends of the floor and create offensive opportunities from the post with his passing prowess. The former Hawkeye also has strong spatial awareness, operating smoothly out of the pick-and-roll. On the defensive end, Cook isn’t the most elite shot-blocker, but uses his size to create distance between his man and the basket. If Cook can add a consistent 3-point or midrange shot, he’ll have an impressive set of skills in his arsenal moving forward.

Organizational Fit: With Torrey Craig, Paul Millsap, Nikola Jokic, Mason Plumlee and 2018 1st Round pick Michael Porter Jr. set to take a good amount of the available frontcourt minutes with the Nuggets, Cook will more than likely head to the NBA G League early in his career to work on his game. While the Nuggets don’t have a direct NBA G League affiliate, the team had success last season grooming Thomas Welsh and Brandon Goodwin in the NBA’s official minor league. Other Nuggets assignees to play in the NBA G League include Jarred Vanderbilt, Tyler Lydon and Malik Beasley.

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