And boy, did he.
In the Golden State Warriors win over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, Cook made his first-ever NBA start and scored eight points in just over 22 minutes. He performed so well on the floor that Kevin Durant praised him, saying Cook “plays like a vet,” per Mark Medina of the Mercury news.
“It was a dream come true,” Durant said. “It was a proud moment for everyone in PG County, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. We’re out here on the biggest stage representing them. To do it with my brother, Quinn, felt great.”
Cook didn't only impress Durant. He also received some positive reinforcement from head coach Steve Kerr.
“Quinn was fantastic,” Kerr said. “I knew Quinn would play well. He’s an NBA player.”
Cook is in only his second year in the NBA, and he's bounced around a little bit. But getting the opportunity to start for the Warriors should be a huge boost of confidence for the young guard, and it seems he has definitely earned the trust from his teammates and coaches should the need arise again to have him take the floor.