G - LAL
Quinn Cook scored 21 points (8-14 FG, 5-9 3PT) with one rebound in Saturday night’s 116-111 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Cook benefited from the absence of Danny Green and DNP - Coach’s Decision of J.R. Smith and Dion Waiters, to provide his best performance since the restart. Cook did exactly what the Lakers wanted from him, catch and shoot. With a full healthy lineup, expect Cook to stay on the bench behind Green, J.R. Smith, Waiters and Alex Caruso.
Quinn Cook slid into the starting lineup Thursday and scored six points (2-12 FG, 2-2 FT, 0-3 3PT) with three rebounds, four assists and two turnovers across 29 minutes in loss to the Rockets.
The Lakers were without primary ball-handler LeBron James in this one, so Cook got the spot-start at point guard. He played almost 30 minutes, but didn't make the most of his opportunity. He was averaging just five minutes per game in his previous three, and he'll likely head right back to the bench when James returns to the starting lineup.
Quinn Cook, in speaking with Lakers Reporter Mike Trudell, touched on where his mind is as the team gets closer to the “seeding” games, saying, “I’m just thinking about training camp right now. It’s been a while since March since we’ve all been together as a team. I’m looking forward to getting back in the grind with my guys, watching film and working on different stuff in practice, not just the scrimmaging part but the drills, and getting our shots back at a high clip…we’re going to be prepared. Our coaches and leaders will have us prepared. Now it’s just keying on those habits we have, and I don’t think it will take long. It’ll be quick. We’re all locked in.
With a 5.5-game lead in the West, the Lakers look to continue adding to their momentum as game day approaches. With a lot of depth, Quinn has not seen a significant role in the rotation this season; it is possible, however, that he sees an increase in playing time due to changes within the team’s back-court. This season he has played in a total of 38 contests and has averaged 10.8 minutes of playing time, 4.8 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. His productivity and experience in the playoffs could come in handy for the Lakers later down the line, making him an interesting option for deep-league fantasy play.
Quinn Cook will be available for the Lakers' season opener Tuesday.
Cook has dealt with some calf soreness, but he's ready to go Tuesday. He'll be coming off the bench if Rajon Rondo is healthy, though Rondo is a game time decision, and minutes could become available for Cook if Rondo misses the contest.
Quinn Cook has reached an agreement to sign with the Lakers after becoming in unrestricted free agent earlier this offseason. It is reportedly a two-year, $6 million deal.
Cook saw his minutes drop to 14.3 from 22.4 last year with the Warrior, which coincided with a drop in his production fantasy wise. On the other hand, the Lakers traded Lonzo Ball to get Anthony Davis and have yet to sign Rajon Rondo this offseason; so there are minutes to be had in the backcourt next year. If Cook can improve defensively and develop a little bit more consistency on the offensive end, he will have the chance to play 20-plus minutes on a team with Lebron and AD. That should mean better fantasy production than he has had previously in his career.