Daequan Cook (born April 28, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for Ironi Nes Ziona of the Israeli Premier League. He was taken 21st overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers then subsequently traded to the Miami Heat.
Cook with the Thunder in 2011
|No. 31 – Ironi Nes Ziona|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|League||Israeli Premier League|
FIBA Europe Cup
|Born||April 28, 1987|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Dunbar (Dayton, Ohio)|
|College||Ohio State (2006–2007)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|2010–2012||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2014||Walter Tigers Tübingen|
|2014–2015||SPO Rouen Basket|
|2017–present||Ironi Nes Ziona|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
High school careerEdit
Daequan Cook attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio. As a junior, he led Dunbar to the Ohio Division II state semifinals where they lost to eventual champion Upper Sandusky High School. As a senior, he averaged 24.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game and led Dunbar to a Division II state championship. He was named onto the 2006 McDonald's All-American Team. Playing for the West, Cook scored 17 points in the 112–94 win. He was also named a third-team Parade All-American.
Cook was a high school teammate of Norris Cole. (The two later faced each other in the 2012 NBA Finals.) Cook also played with Greg Oden and Mike Conley, Jr. on the SPIECE Indy Heat high school AAU team. Cook was the team's leading scorer in the 2004 Big Time event in Las Vegas. The team was undefeated and won the championship.
One of Ohio State University Coach Thad Matta's famed "Thad Five", Cook averaged 10.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 0.7 steals in 20.4 minutes per game. On April 20, 2007, Cook announced his intentions to enter the 2007 NBA Draft, along with fellow freshmen teammates Greg Oden and Mike Conley, Jr.
Miami Heat (2007–2010)Edit
Daequan Cook was averaging 8.2 points per game in his rookie season with the Miami Heat before being sent to the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League in late February 2008. He returned to the Heat on March 8 and in his second game back on March 10 he scored a career-high 23 points in a one-point loss to the L.A. Clippers. He scored a new career-high of 27 against the Phoenix Suns on March 4, 2009, going 6–8 from 3-point range.
Oklahoma City Thunder (2010–2012)Edit
In 2010–2011, Cook emerged as a useful bench player for the Thunder, mostly as a three-point specialist. He was a key player in the Thunder's emergence as a Western Conference contender. In December 2011, Cook signed a two-year extension with the Thunder. Cook reached the 2012 NBA Finals with the Thunder, but the team lost to the Miami Heat.
Houston Rockets (2012–2013)Edit
On October 27, 2012, Cook, James Harden, Cole Aldrich, and Lazar Hayward were traded to the Houston Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, and draft picks. Cook was waived by the Rockets on January 2, 2013.
Chicago Bulls (2013)Edit
Budivelnyk / Tübingen (2013–2014)Edit
On November 23, 2013, Cook has signed his first overseas contract, with Ukrainian SuperLeague team Budivelnyk Kyiv, which also participating in the Euroleague. In his Euroleague debut, Cook scored 16 points with 4/8 from 3-point range in his team loss 74–82 to CSKA Moscow. Budivelnyk waived him on January 14, 2014. On January 29, 2014, he signed with Walter Tigers Tübingen of Germany for the rest of the 2013–14 season.
SPO Rouen (2014–2015)Edit
Chemidor Tehran (2016–2017)Edit
Ironi Nes Ziona (2017–present)Edit
On August 9, 2017, Cook signed with the Israeli team Ironi Nes Ziona for the 2017–18 season. In 32 games played during the 2017–18 season, Cook led the team in scoring with 16 points per game. Cook helped Nes Ziona to reach the 2018 Israeli League Playoffs, where they eventually lost to Maccabi Tel Aviv.
On June 7, 2018, Cook signed a one-year contract extension with Nes Ziona. On December 9, 2018, Cook recorded 24 points, shooting 5-of-8 from three-point range, including a game-winning three-point shot with 2.9 seconds left to give Nes Ziona an 83–81 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv. He was subsequently named Israeli League Round 9 MVP. On April 7, 2019, Cook recorded a season-high 30 points, shooting 7-of-11 from three-point range, along with three assists, leading Nes Ziona to a 97–84 win over Hapoel Holon. He was subsequently named Israeli League Round 25 MVP.
On August 1, 2019, Cook signed a one-year contract extension with Nes Ziona.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|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|
- NBA.com: Daequan Cook Draft 2007 Profile
- Former teammates Norris Cole and Daequan Cook square off in NBA Finals
- Daequan Cook and Joel Anthony Assigned to Iowa Energy
- HEAT Recall Daequan Cook and Joel Anthony From NBA D-League
- Heat fall short to Clippers in first game without banged-up Wade
- Wade has 35 points, 16 assists in Heat victory
- Robinson, Cook, Rose shine in Phoenix
- "Thunder Acquires 18th Pick and Daequan Cook from Heat". NBA.com. 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2010-06-24.
- Cook traded to Rockets
- "Houston Rockets sign James Anderson, release Daequan Cook". Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
- Bulls sign free agent guard Daequan Cook
- Декван Кук стал игроком "Будивельника"! (in Ukrainian). budivelnyk.ua. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
- "BUDIVELNIK KIEV tabs three-point specialist Cook". Euroleague.net. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
- "Budivelnyk Kiev 74 - 82 CSKA Moscow". euroleague.net. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- "Daequan Cook waived by Budivelnyk". Sportando.net. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
- "Kaum zu glauben! Ex-NBA-Profi Daequan Cook wird ein Tiger" (in German). walter-tigers.de. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
- "Un NBAer au SPO Rouen!". basketsporouenkinder.com (in French). Archived from the original on August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
- "Podem contar com o meu melhor" [You can count with my best] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
- Daequan Cook (ex Benfica) joins Chemidor
- "Daequan Cook inks with Ironi Nes-Ziona". Sportando.com. August 9, 2017. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
- "Ironi Nes-Ziona re-signs Daequan Cook". Sportando.com. June 7, 2018. Retrieved June 7, 2018.
- "מצטיין המחזור התשיעי: דקוואן קוק". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). December 11, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
- "מצטיין המחזור ה-25: דקוואן קוק". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). April 9, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
- "מרגיש בבית: קוק ממשיך בלב המושבה". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). August 1, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2019.