Quinn Cook has yet to truly stick in the NBA. He's doing his very best to make that happen this year, though.
The former Duke star is playing for the Golden State Warriors, who have missed several of their key players over the last month or so due to injuries. Cook is making the most of his opportunity.
The point guard has scored 20-plus points in each of his last 3 games. He had 20 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds in a loss at San Antonio on Monday. He had 28 points in a win at Phoenix last Saturday.
Cook recently revealed to reporters that he received a text message from Steph Curry at halftime of that Suns game. The former Duke guard had struggled with his shot in the first half. Curry wanted to make sure he wasn't going to stop shooting in the final two quarters.
“I don’t care if you go zero-for-25, that 26th shot you better not hesitate,” Curry wrote, according to Cook.
Cook responded well. He scored 16 of his career-high 28 points in the third quarter of that game.
“To hear that from a guy like that, and everybody on the team, it really does a lot for your confidence,” Cook said. “And it really shows you I can stop putting pressure on myself and really play my game.”
Cook is averaging 6.6 points and 1.5 assists on the season. His playing time will surely decrease once Curry and some of the Warriors' other stars return.
But's he's proving he deserves a spot in someone's NBA rotation.