Where will Daequan Cook and Morris Peterson get minutes?

The Thunder's backcourt seems to be jam-packed, but Daequan Cook and Mo Peterson can both help as specialists.
By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: July 14, 2010 at 8:44 am •  Published: July 13, 2010

The Thunder needed shooters.

And so general manager Sam Presti went out and found two of them.

Now, will Morris Peterson and Daequan Cook be able to make an impact?

Cook, acquired from Miami along with the 18th overall pick in the 2010 draft, is a career 35.8 percent 3-point shooter. Peterson, a 10-year veteran who came over in the trade with New Orleans that brought No. 11 overall pick Cole Aldrich, has shot 37.4 percent from 3-point range for his career.

Only Kevin Durant (36.5 percent) and James Harden (37.5 percent) shot a better percentage from behind the 3-point line last season than Cook and Peterson have for their careers. The Thunder ranked 25th among the league's 30 teams in 3-point percentage at just 34 percent.

But Cook and Peterson are joining a jam-packed backcourt that features incumbent starting shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha and emerging second-year swingman James Harden. The Thunder also has versatile forward Kevin Durant and point guard Russell Westbrook, both of whom can play minutes at shooting guard.

So where do Cook and Peterson fit?

The answer, for now at least and barring significant injuries, seems to be as specialists. With the Thunder committed to developing its young talent, Peterson and Cook appear to be long shots to remain on the roster past 2010-11. The Thunder, though, could use both in certain game situations, most notably the end of games, the point in the game that OKC struggled so much last season.

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