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Cook’s deficiencies on defense are sometimes an issue, but he has been great for the Blue Devils on offense this year, particularly because of his lack of turnovers from the point guard position.
Cook’s assist-to-turnover ratio thus far is five-to-one, which is incredible considering how often he handles the ball. His decision making is vastly improved from what it was last year, albeit in a particularly small sample size.
Duke’s offense may look even better if it runs some more pick-and-rolls with Cook handling the ball. If Cook’s passing prowess is paired with the abilities of Parker and/or Hood, easy baskets would be the result.
Both Parker and Hood are as good as it can get in terms of options off the pick-and-roll. Each can pop out and hit jump shots from mid-range, or behind the three-point line or attack the rim and finish through contact when they get there.
More pick-and-rolls could very well improve what is already one of the best offenses in the country.
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