Brian Cook

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Brian Cook
Brian Cook Clippers.jpg
Cook during his tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers
Free agent
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1980-12-04) December 4, 1980 (age 34)
Lincoln, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 234 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school Lincoln (Lincoln, Illinois)
College Illinois (1999–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 2003–present
Career history
20032007 Los Angeles Lakers
20072009 Orlando Magic
20092010 Houston Rockets
20102012 Los Angeles Clippers
2012 Washington Wizards
2013 Piratas de Quebradillas
Career highlights and awards

Brian Joshua Cook (born December 4, 1980) is a basketball player. He was drafted out of the University of Illinois with the 24th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

High school career[edit]

Cook played high school basketball at Lincoln Community High School in central Illinois where he led the Railsplitters to the quarterfinals of the Illinois High School Association class AA state boys basketball tournament. He was named to the 1998 State Farm Holiday Classic all-tournament team and was a 1999 McDonald's All-American. He was also named the 1999 Illinois Mr. Basketball after averaging 21.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.2 blocks, 2.0 steals and 1.8 assists per game as a senior.[1]

College career[edit]

Cook played 132 games in four years for the University of Illinois, most of them under coach Bill Self, and led the Illini in rebounding in each season. Cook was a versatile scorer from both inside and outside the paint, utilizing his height to score in the post and hitting three-point shots when left open. This helped him to earn co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors during his freshman year at Illinois.

Cook helped lead the Illini to a number one seed in the 2001 NCAA Tournament, and the Illini cruised to the Elite 8, where they were upset in a hard fought and controversial game by Cook's future teammate Luke Walton and the Arizona Wildcats.

As a senior in the 2002–03 season, Cook led the Fighting Illini in scoring with 20.0 points per game, and received the Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball as the Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten Conference. That same season, Cook was named second team All-American by The Sporting News, and third team All-American by the Associated Press, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and The Basketball Times, as well as Big Ten Player of the Year and first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media. Cook left Illinois as the school's third all-time leading scorer with 1,748 total points, at an average of 13.2 points per game, behind Deon Thomas and Kiwane Garris.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

Cook was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He played sparingly in his rookie campaign as a backup to superstar center Shaquille O'Neal, and was mostly an interior player, notching only five three-point attempts out of 141 total field goal attempts. As his professional career evolved, however, Cook once again became a player who could play beyond the perimeter, after O'Neal moved on to the Miami Heat and Rudy Tomjanovich took over for Phil Jackson as Lakers' head coach. He was mainly used as a three-point specialist; 199 of 422 (or 47.2%) of Cook's field goal attempts were from behind the three-point arc. When Phil Jackson returned to coach the Lakers in 2005–06, Cook started to take less three-pointers again, which resulted in Cook improving his overall field-goal percentage from .417 in 2004–05 to .520 in 2005–06. It also resulted in an improvement in his three-point field-goal percentage, from .392 in 2004–05 to .441 in 2005–06. His improved play kept Cook on the court more as his minutes played per game rose from 15.1 in 2004–05 to 19.4 in 2005–06.

On November 20, 2007, Cook was traded, along with Maurice Evans, to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Trevor Ariza.[3]

On February 19, 2009, Cook was traded to the Houston Rockets in a three-team trade also involving the Magic and the Memphis Grizzlies.[4] On February 20, 2010, he was waived by the Rockets.[5]

On July 9, 2010, Cook signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.[6]

On March 15, 2012, Cook was traded, along with a 2015 second-round pick, to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Nick Young.[7] On September 17, 2012, he re-signed with the Wizards. However, he was later waived by the Wizards on October 28, 2012.[8]

In March 2013, Cook signed with Piratas de Quebradillas for the 2013 BSN season.[9][10]

On September 30, 2013, Cook signed with the Utah Jazz.[11] However, he was later waived by the Jazz on October 26, 2013.[12]

On September 25, 2014, Cook signed with the Detroit Pistons.[13] However, he was later waived by the Pistons on October 20, 2014.[14]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 L.A. Lakers 35 2 12.6 .475 .000 .750 2.9 .6 .5 .5 4.4
2004–05 L.A. Lakers 72 0 15.1 .417 .392 .757 3.0 .5 .3 .4 6.4
2005–06 L.A. Lakers 81 46 19.0 .511 .429 .832 3.4 .9 .5 .4 7.9
2006–07 L.A. Lakers 65 24 15.7 .453 .400 .723 3.3 1.0 .4 .4 6.9
2007–08 L.A. Lakers 6 2 11.7 .190 .200 1.000 1.7 .5 .3 .0 2.3
2007–08 Orlando 45 0 12.4 .394 .390 .882 2.2 .5 .2 .3 5.0
2008–09 Orlando 21 0 7.0 .383 .440 .833 1.3 .2 .1 .0 3.0
2008–09 Houston 9 0 2.8 .313 .400 .000 .6 .1 .0 .3 1.3
2009–10 Houston 15 0 2.9 .304 .222 .714 .6 .1 .0 .1 1.4
2010–11 L.A. Clippers 40 0 11.2 .424 .430 .625 2.4 .4 .3 .3 4.8
2011–12 L.A. Clippers 16 0 7.6 .224 .185 1.000 1.4 .1 .1 .3 1.9
2011–12 Washington 16 0 9.7 .408 .217 .833 2.5 .5 .3 .1 3.1
Career 421 74 13.4 .439 .382 .783 2.6 .6 .3 .3 5.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004 L.A. Lakers 13 0 3.5 .333 .000 1.000 .9 .1 .1 .0 .9
2006 L.A. Lakers 7 0 11.1 .391 .364 1.000 3.1 1.1 .1 .0 6.3
2007 L.A. Lakers 5 0 10.2 .333 .429 1.000 1.2 .0 .0 .2 3.6
2009 Houston 6 0 5.3 .267 .222 .000 2.0 .5 .3 .2 1.7
Career 31 0 6.7 .351 .333 1.000 1.7 .4 .1 .1 2.7

Personal[edit]

Cook is the son of Norman and Joyce Cook, and has two younger sisters, Kristina and Natasha. His father was an All-American with the University of Kansas and played briefly for the Boston Celtics. His uncle, Joe Cook, played basketball for Duke University from 1988–1990.[1]

On July 4, 2009, Cook married long-time girlfriend, Victoria Velasquez.[15]

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