GREENSBORO —It took Quinn Cook five NBA teams to find a situation he calls the perfect fit.
Quinn, the former Duke All-ACC guard, was in Greensboro on Saturday as a member of the Santa Cruz Warriors, the G-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors.
He scored 22 points in the Warriors (15-10) 116-102 win over the Swarm (8-16).
After four years at Duke, Cook was not selected in the 2016 NBA draft. He joined the Oklahoma City Thunder for the NBA Summer League and caught the eye of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs assigned to the G-League’s Canton Charge.
From there, he signed with the New Orleans Pelicans, had a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks and was the last cut by the Atlanta Hawks. Through it all, he played five NBA games.
“I have never really gotten frustrated,” said Cook. “I have always had a good circle of people around me. I’ve put a lot into this game, and I just continued to work hard and wait for my opportunities.”
After Atlanta cut Cook, the Warriors signed him as a two-way player, meaning he was officially on the Golden State roster but would get the bulk of his playing time with Santa Cruz in the G-League.
“It’s an outstanding organization,” he said of Golden State. “They are setting the standard for the NBA right now. I’m learning a lot, and it’s just seems to be the perfect fit for me.”
This season, Cook has appeared in 10 NBA games with Golden State. His last appearance was when Warriors star Stephen Curry suffered an injury. Cook played 22 minutes against the Charlotte Hornets. He had eight points, three assists and three rebounds.
The Warriors’ team culture, he said, made the transition easy.
“The Warriors have a ‘Next Man Up’ mentality,” he said. “Everyone knows they have to step up. I think that’s why the Warriors are so good — the depth, strength and numbers.”
After his stay with the Warriors, Cook returned to Santa Cruz, where he averages 23.8 points and 4.4 assists in 25 games.
Cook keeps an emergency bag packed, so he can grab it and go.
“You’ve gotta be ready,” he said. “That’s what you signed up for.”
Cat Barber led the Swarm with 23 points. Sam Thompson, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Ohio State, scored a season-high 21 points in his third game back after recovering from a shoulder injury.
Saturday’s attendance of 2,118 marked the Swarm’s second sell-out of the season. The first was opening night.
Charles Cooke, a 6-5 guard averaging 15 points per game for the Swarm, missed Saturday’s game with an Achilles tendon problem. Archie Goodwin was not at the game Saturday for personal reasons.