Atlanta Hawks officially sign Summer League standout Quinn Cook

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 12: Quinn Cook
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 12: Quinn Cook /

The Atlanta Hawks officially announced the signing of Josh Magette, Tyler Cavanaugh, and most notably, point guard Quinn Cook.

We wanted Quinn Cook, and by golly Travis Schlenk gave us Quinn Cook. The Hawks rounded out their roster by adding the 24-year-old point guard officially on September 6th.

Quinn Cook was an intriguing name left floating around this offseason, making a case for himself as a more than capable backup for a team in the NBA through his Summer League outing.

The former Duke Blue Devil took Las Vegas by storm, with a mindset to get his name on every NBA team’s scout report. In 5 contests with the New Orleans Pelicans’ summer league squad, he saw an average of 30.6 minutes per game, which led to a cool 20.6 points and 4.8 assists per game coupled with a 55.1% success rate shooting from the field.

In two of those games against the Atlanta Hawks he stepped it up another notch.

Cook has NBA experience, albeit curt. 5 games with the Dallas Mavericks and 9 more for the Pelicans totals out his time spent on the biggest stage in basketball. But he still yearns for more.

It was during his time in the G-League where he really blossomed when given the opportunity to truly show what he can do. The 2016 G-League Rookie of the Year, 2-time G-League All-Star, and 2017 All-Star Game MVP is ready to do just that for his new fans in Atlanta.

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The Hawks are a perfect destination for Cook, as player development and team chemistry will be the laws of the land. Cook will a couple years to try to integrate into the squad behind Dennis Schroder and probably split minutes with Malcolm Delaney or DeAndre’ Bembry at the point guard spot off the bench.

And so far, the camaraderie in the locker room seems to be exceptional, with Cook telling reporters that he feels very comfortable with the environment in Atlanta and that the players have welcomed him in with open arms.

As yet another face on this young Hawks roster, Mike Budenholzer will get the opportunity to his team into a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.

The lineup that I am most looking forward to this season won’t be the front line, but rather the youth that’ll be on display. Prior to Cook’s arrival we had a backup core of Bembry, Collins, and Prince forming behind Schroder and Kent Bazemore. Now Cook provides another dynamic to the team that will definitely add excitement.

Cook had this to say when asked about his style of play.

"“My game is: do whatever it takes to win, feisty, playmaker. I try to hang my hat, picking up full court on defense and be there to space the floor with my ability to shoot.”"

Oh, and one more thing, Cook will don the #4 Hawks uniform. He certainly has big shoes to fill, as that number has made history over the past 4 years by Paul Millsap.

Although it may not be the case now, I believe that as the season gets going fans will agree that Cook is the perfect man to take on a number that embodies the heart and soul of what it means to be True to Atlanta.

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