Difference between Tate and Cooks- Tate shot 28 threes at 39% in Sydney. Cooks has 9 @ 30% after 13 at 32% last year
Cooks shooting needs to improve significantly otherwise its a big liability.
In nbl he scores by running at the rim and Euro stepping around less athletic players. He Attacks the rim and draws soft, barely-there fouls because he's more nimble than his opponent. But Teams leave him wide open from outside- that won't fly with an NBA coach unless he's doing enough in other areas to make up for the deficiency
Other than the odd put back, or the odd cut to the hoop, how will he score in the NBA? His one on one moves will not be very effective. His jump shot isn't near the right level.
Plus Tate was 24, Cooks is 27. More upside and clearly Tate has improved since then.
There a place for role players like Cooks- he will hustle, play team bball, rebound, bring consistent effort. But you need absolutely elite D and other areas if you're a poor shooter. Not sure he's quite good enough across the board
There's a regular rotation spot for Cooks if he can significantly improve his shooting but that's a big if. A big if.
Good luck to him- he knows what he needs to do. Let's hope we have another Aussie succeeding on the biggest stage