Golden State Warriors guard Quinn Cook has seen an increased role because of injuries to Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.
There’s no question that the Warriors are missing their All-Stars. But the 24-year-old Cook has looked sharp in these opportunities, averaging 20.2 points with 4.3 assists per 36 minutes.
Keep in mind this is the same player who has so far averaged 13.8 points and 3.1 assists per 36.
Golden State currently has a winning record (4-3) when he is in the starting lineup. He has been a welcome addition to a lineup with Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Zaza Pachulia and Nick Young. This five-man lineup has actually outscored opponents by 27.4 points per 100 possessions.
Cook has a role in the league because of his impressive jump shot. He is 28-of-58 (48.3 percent) on those taken while in a half-court offense, which ranks No. 4 overall among those with at least 20 possessions.
The guard has also averaged 1.25 points per possession on jump shots off the dribble, which so far ranks No. 5 among those with as many opportunities.
Overall, this has helped him become the fourth-most accurate guard on midrange shots (minimum: 20 field goal attempts) this season.
Similarly, the 24-year-old has averaged 1.21 points per possession as a spot-up shooter this season — per Synergy Sports. Cook is currently shooting 10-for-20 (50.0 percent) when he spots up.
Among those with as many attempts on this play type, his accuracy ranks No. 9 overall in the league.
As the ballhandler in a pick-and-roll offense, Cook has also had tremendous success. He has averaged 1.11 PPP, which ranks Top 25 among those with as many opportunities.
It’s no fluke either considering last season, Cook was 15-for-27 (55.5 percent) as the ballhandler in pick-and-rolls while with the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans.
Given his proficiency and ability to score without help from the star players on the roster, he has certainly earned a further look by the Warriors as they solidify their upcoming playoff rotation.