Cook will come off the bench Saturday against the Pistons in Steph Curry's return, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
As expected, with Curry returning from injury, Cook will resume his usual role off the bench. As a reserve this season, Cook has averaged 8.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 15.4 minutes.
Cook was able to check off every box on the stat sheet, but inefficient shooting prevented his night from being much bigger. The third-year guard has now scored in single digits in three of the past four games, and he's made just five of his 21 attempts over the last pair of contests. Irrespective of any shooting struggles, Cook remains aggressive, as he's put up between four and eight tries from three-point range in each of his last eight outings.
The young point guard wasn't sharp from the field, which led to a scoring downturn after he'd posted double-digit point tallies in the prior four games. Despite the reduced production Wednesday, Cook has been solid in Stephen Curry's (groin) stead, and he continues to naturally enjoy enhanced fantasy value as long as the latter is sidelined. Even with Wednesday's sub-40 percent effort from the field, Cook is still draining an impressive 54.2 percent of his attempts in nine November contests.
Cook has split time between the starting five and the bench during Stephen Curry's (groin) ongoing six-game absence and has generally been effective in either capacity, averaging 15.7 points (on 54.9 percent shooting), 3.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.2 three-pointers in 26.8 minutes per contest during that stretch. He's worked with the second unit for each of the past three games, so it appears that's where Cook will settle for now while Andre Iguodala fills in as the starting point guard. The bench role might actually be a more ideal arrangement for fantasy purposes while Curry is out, as Cook can more frequently act as a primary scoring option rather than having to defer to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson more frequently as a member of the starting five. Regardless of how coach Steve Kerr elects to deploy his lineups for the foreseeable future, Cook should be worth rostering in most formats so long as he regularly sees around 25-to-30 minutes while Curry is out.
After a lackluster seven-point showing in Monday's overtime loss to the Clippers, Cook bounced back to post his fourth double-digit scoring effort of the last five games. The 25-year-old bumped up his offensive involvement considerably after taking only seven shot attempts versus Los Angeles, as the 18 tries he put up Tuesday qualified as a season high. Cook's starting tenure will naturally come to an end once Stephen Curry (groin) returns, but he's certainly providing plenty of short-term value in both season-long and daily formats at the moment.
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