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Nuggets to sign Brian Cook. Yes, that Brian Cook.

Mar 9, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

How desperate are the Denver Nuggets for another big man? Two words for you: Brian Cook.

According to Hoopsworld, Denver not only worked out Cook yesterday and are on the verge of signing the former Big 10 player of the year to a deal. He is there to fill the void left by Kenyon Martin being out to deal with his knee problem.

Cook is theoretically a “stretch four,” and those are the hot new toy everybody wants. We say theoretically because he shot just 22.2 percent from three in 15 appearances for the Rockets this season and barely ever takes a long two. But to be fair, he is a career 39 percent guy from three; he could find his touch again.

But the book on Cook is pretty simple — run at him and don’t let him set his feet at the arc. Because if he has to put the ball on the floor, shoot on the move or create his own shot things fall apart fast. More than 70% of his baskets came with an assist from someone, when that dropped to 40% last season in Houston (meaning he had to create his own shot) his shooting percentage plummeted. He does not finish well at the rim.

And the reason the Lakers early on and Orlando next let him walk was the fact they like defense and rebounding. Cook does not (he is at best an average rebounder for a four, and because he likes the wings he rarely gets offensive boards).

This is not to knock Cook, too much, his game is his game. But the fact Denver likes his game at this point speaks volumes about where they are.

  1. Nate T. - Mar 9, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    How does this signing speak volumes about where Denver is right now?
    Let’s recap … Kenyon is out for an undetermined amount of time. His replacements off the bench are Malik Allen, Johan Petro and Joey Graham.
    Allen – can shoot an open jumper, doesn’t rebound much and has poor athleticism.
    Petro – big body and a legit 7-footer, poor hands, likes to shoot the ball with mixed success and can rebound with pure size.
    Graham – built like a linebacker. Loves to drive the ball, limited range and is a bit too short to mix it up on the glass with the big boys.
    Denver looked at the available trash heap out there … Mikki Moore, Jake Voskuhl and the likes and decided to add a shooter to the mix. Who knows if Cook will even get off the bench if Petro and Graham can give meaningful minutes.
    This is just a depth move by Denver and Cook gives the Nuggets something they were missing … a shooting big man.

  2. Gmonay - Mar 11, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Cook won’t even play so it really doesn’t matter. He’s the FO’s answer for a cheap insurance policy.
    Petro’s starting already and Graham and Allen have been in the system all season.
    You say in your arcticle that Cook “is there to fill the void left by Kenyon Martin being out”. That’s not the case at all. Clark won’t even play. The only “void” he’s filling is a spot deep down the bench.

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