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Daequan Cook
Daequan Cook.jpg
Miami Heat  – No. 14
Shooting guard
Born April 28, 1987 (1987-04-28) (age 22)
Dayton, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
League NBA
Salary $1,362,120
High school Dunbar (Dayton)
College Ohio State
Draft 1st round, 21st pick, 2007
Philadelphia 76ers
Pro career 2007–present
Awards 2009 NBA Three-point Shootout champion
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Daequan Cook (born April 28, 1987 in Dayton, Ohio) is an American basketball player and currently a shooting guard for the NBA's Miami Heat.

On June 28, 2007, Cook was taken 21st overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers but summarily traded to the Heat along with cash considerations in exchange for Jason Smith.

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High school career

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.[1]

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.

College career

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.

NBA career

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.[2] He returned to the Heat on March 8[3] 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.[4] He scored a new career-high of 27 against the Phoenix Suns on March 4, 2009, going 6–8 from 3-point range. [5] Cook's performance, along with fellow non-starter Michael Beasley, who scored 28 points, marked the second time that these same two players scored 20+ points and the third time the Heat had two 20-point scorers the first being Alec Kessler and Kevin Edwards as they both hit for 20+ points against the up-tempo Denver Nuggets on February 14, 1991.

Cook won the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend Three-Point Shootout in Phoenix, ending Jason Kapono's two-year win-streak.[6]

Cook has been known to call himself the "Bail Bondsman" for hitting big shots down the stretch, 'bailing' his team out when needed.

NBA career statistics

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

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Miami 59 19 24.4 .381 .332 .825 3.0 1.3 .4 .2 8.8
2008–09 Miami 75 4 24.4 .375 .387 .875 2.5 .9 .5 .1 9.1
Career 134 23 24.4 .378 .367 .850 2.7 1.1 .5 .1 9.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Miami 7 0 23.0 .310 .300 1.000 2.4 .6 .3 .0 5.3
Career 7 0 23.0 .310 .300 1.000 2.4 .6 .3 .0 5.3

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