In shocking news out of the Bay Area, the Golden State Warriors indicated on Wednesday that the team will start Duke product and G-League star Quinn Cook in Stephen Curry’s absence for the foreseeable future.
“We’re going to start Quinn Cook and we’ll bring Shaun off the bench just because we would like to watch Shaun’s minutes and this way, bringing him off the bench, we need to have him there at the end of each half and he’ll be available,” assistant coach Mike Brown said Wednesday, via KNBR.
Considering the Warriors have a starter-caliber backup in Shaun Livingston, this is some pretty darn surprising news. Add in the presence of up-and-coming second-year guard Patrick McCaw, and that’s magnified even further.
Cook, 24, has played in a grand total of 17 games since joining the NBA two seasons ago. He’s split time between Golden State, Dallas and New Orleans during that span. The former Duke standout was averaging 25.1 points and 8.4 assists for the G-League’s Santa Cruz Warriors prior to getting the call.
Golden State is expected to be without Curry for at least the next two weeks after he suffered a sprained ankle in Monday’s win over New Orleans.
Cook will get his first ever NBA start Wednesday night against the Charlotte Hornets.