On Monday morning, the Denver Nuggets announced that former Iowa forward Tyler Cook has signed a two-way contract with them. Cook, the 6-foot-9 255-pounder out of St. Louis., put together a stellar career for the Hawkeyes.
The beloved forward is one of only nine players in Iowa history to total more than 1,300 points and 600 rebounds. Cook posted a team-best six double-doubles this past season and is one of 15 players in Iowa history to record at least 15 career double-doubles. Cook was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the media. He led the team in both scoring (14.5) and rebounding (7.6). He was also eighth the Big Ten in rebounding, 12th in scoring and 13th in field goal percentage (.528).
According to the G-League's website: Beginning in the 2017 offseason, NBA rosters expanded from 15 to 17 players with the addition of two spots for players under “Two-Way Contracts.”
NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team. Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players in their fourth NBA season or earlier are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.
Cook's athleticism, energy, powerful dunks and teamwork are all things that will give him a chance to ultimately compete for the 15th spot on the Nuggets roster.