OKC Thunder: Tyler Cook provided solidity to OKC Blue bench

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Since coming over from the Canton Charge via trade, Tyler Cook has given the OKC Blue bench a solid feel, allowing for the OKC Thunder to keep Luguentz Dort.

Prior to the shutdown, Tyler Cook gave the OKC Blue a solid presence off the bench. His play was good enough that the second unit is now set in case the G-League starts playing again and the Blue make the playoffs they may be able to make it without OKC Thunder starter Luguentz Dort.

With Cook in the rotation, it feels that the Blue is not lacking anywhere on the court at any time. With guards like Abdul Gaddy, Devon Hall, and Scotty Hopson, they are well stocked in the backcourt.

The forward slots are looked after well by Myke Henry and OKC Thunder two-way player Kevin Hervey as well as a bench spark DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell who can play either of the three or four spots.

With Kadeem Jack and Isaiah Roby player mostly at the one, the Blue is solid. By replacing the streaky Vincent Edwards with the dependable Cook has allowed the OKC Thunder to keep Lugeuntz Dort without impacting the Blue in any way.

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Cook is contributing 11.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in just 18.4 minutes in the seven games he has played for the Blue. He is shooting the ball at 52.7 percent from the floor and 81.3 percent from the line.

Cook is not a known 3-point shooter, knowing his limitations by shooting on five attempts in his career. He is yet to hit one. However, this is not an issue as he has plenty of other snipers on the team.

The one need that Cook does not fill is the ability to guard the very few seven-footers in the league. Isaiah Hartenstein showed in one of the last games played what a quality big can do against the Blue.

Should the G-League season recommence this season, the OKC Blue, like the OKC Thunder are poised to make a deep push into the playoffs.

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Having the solidity of Cook coming off the bench may help their run go deeper.