It's been an up-and-down season for Heat guard
Cook, the 21st pick in the 2007 draft, quickly got a chance to play off the bench for
But now, with NBA-worst Miami playing out the string and
"These are important games for him," assistant coach
In five games since his return, Cook has averaged 10.8 points in 37.8 minutes. He has been inconsistent from the floor, hitting just 23-of-62 attempts (37.1 percent). Still, the potential is evident to the Heat.
"If we think he's going to be the finished product next year, we're kidding ourselves," Rothstein said of Cook, who is 11th among rookies in scoring and third in three-pointers. "But there's big upside there, potentially a very bright future."