Los Angeles Lakers: Three most disappointing players this season

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3. Quinn Cook

Quinn Cook made his name as a critical member of the recent Golden State Warriors dynasty. His shot making ability has yet to be showcased, which is something that this team desperately needs. With Kyle Kuzma out of the lineup recently, the Lakers have been seeking someone not named LeBron James or Anthony Davis to help pick up the scoring load.

Not only is Quinn Cook not hitting shots, but he is hurting the team defensively when he is on the court. Cook has never been considered a dependable defender, but his low effort level is alarming for a team that prides itself on defense. Perhaps this characteristic of Quinn Cook is partially to blame for his lack of playing time.

Cook’s lack of effort was on display in the Lakers’ recent 128-104 loss to the Denver Nuggets. There was one play in particular where Cook could have hustled for a rebound. However, instead of running for the loose board, he allowed the opposition to secure the ball leading to an easy basket.

If Cook wants to turn his season around, he will need to start by hitting his open shots. It is no secret that Rob Pelinka brought the former Warrior in to help boost the team’s 3-point shooting. The Lakers can typically live with his sparse defense, but if Cook isn’t making teams pay on the other end of the floor then he is best needed on the bench right next to the coaching staff.