Casspi during his tenure with the Rockets
|No. 18 – Sacramento Kings|
June 22, 1988 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall|
|Selected by the Sacramento Kings|
|Pro playing career||2005–present|
|2005–2009||Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel)|
|2006–2007||→Hapoel Galil Elyon (Israel)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Omri Moshe Casspi (Hebrew: עומרי כספי, born June 22, 1988) is an Israeli professional basketball player who currently plays for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) tall, and plays the small forward position.
He was drafted 23rd overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings, making him the first Israeli to be selected in the first round of an NBA draft. With his Kings debut in 2009, Casspi became the first Israeli to play in an NBA game. The Cleveland Cavaliers traded for him in June 2011. He signed with the Houston Rockets in July 2013. In July 2014, Casspi was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of a three-team trade, but was later waived.
As a child, Casspi played for junior programs at Elitzur Yavne B.C. and Maccabi Rishon LeZion. When he was 13, he moved to the Maccabi Tel Aviv youth team, winning the State Youth championship in 2005.
Having previously played for Maccabi Tel Aviv cadet team, Casspi made his professional debut at age 17 with Maccabi Tel Aviv during the 2005–06 season. In 2006, he was loaned to Hapoel Galil Elyon for the 2006–07 season, going on to win the 2007 "Discovery of the Year" award. In April 2007, he scored 14 points for the World Select team at the Nike Hoop Summit in Memphis.
Casspi returned to Maccabi for the 2007–08 season. The team reached the Euroleague Finals in 2008 and won a state championship in 2009. Casspi received the 2008 Israeli League Sixth Man of the Year award. In February 2009, he finished in fourth place in voting for the FIBA Europe Young Men's Player of the Year Award for the 2008–09 season, behind Ricky Rubio, Danilo Gallinari and Kosta Koufos.
On June 25, 2009, Casspi was selected with the 23rd overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2009 NBA draft, becoming the first Israeli player selected as a first-round draft pick. Not since Oded Kattash agreed to a contract with the New York Knicks in 1999 had an Israeli player come so close to playing in the NBA. On July 10, 2009, he signed a multi-year deal with the Kings.
On October 28, 2009, Casspi made his NBA debut for the Kings against the Oklahoma City Thunder, scoring 15 points. On December 16, 2009, Casspi made his first NBA start. Scoring 22 points against the Washington Wizards, he tied the most points scored by any Kings player in his first start since the team moved to Sacramento in 1985.
On January 1, 2010, Casspi scored a career-high 23 points against the Los Angeles Lakers (along with 6 rebounds, 1 steal, and 3 assists) as the Kings lost, 109–108. On January 2, 2010, he grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds against the Dallas Mavericks (along with 22 points, 1 steal, and 4 assists) as the Kings lost, 99–91. On January 5, 2010, Casspi set a new career high with 24 points against the Phoenix Suns (along with 7 rebounds, 1 assist, no turnovers, and 10–19 from the field) as the Kings lost, 113–109.
In 2010–11, Casspi played in 71 games for Sacramento (starting 27 of them). He averaged 8.6 points, shot .412 shooting (including .372 from three-point range), and averaged 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 24.1 minutes per game. In his two seasons for Sacramento, he averaged 9.5 points on .431 shooting, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 24.6 minutes per game.
On July 16, 2013, Casspi signed a multi-year deal with the Houston Rockets. On November 1, 2013, for the first time Israelis on opposing NBA teams faced each other, as the Rockets played Gal Mekel and the Dallas Mavericks; the two were teammates on the Israeli Under 16, Under 18, and Under 20 teams, and on the Maccabi Tel Aviv junior team.
On July 15, 2014, Casspi was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in a three-team trade that also involved the Rockets and the Washington Wizards. On July 23, 2014, he was waived by the Pelicans.
Return to Sacramento
On July, 25, 2014, Casspi cleared waivers and signed a one year deal with the Kings for a veteran's minimum contract.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
|2005–06||Maccabi Tel Aviv||3||0||2.7||.000||.000||.500||.0||.0||.0||.0||.7||- 1.7|
|2007–08||Maccabi Tel Aviv||20||7||11.3||.545||.286||.600||2.1||.6||.3||.3||4.5||4.7|
|2008–09||Maccabi Tel Aviv||16||8||17.5||.505||.450||.771||3.1||.4||.8||.2||8.8||7.1|
|2005–06||Maccabi Tel Aviv||21||9.4||2.1||.9||.5||.1||4.2|
|2006–07||Hapoel Galil Elyon||28||20.7||3.1||1.1||.9||.4||11.1|
|2007–08||Maccabi Tel Aviv||27||20.3||4.0||1.4||.4||.3||10.4|
|2008–09||Maccabi Tel Aviv||27||25.3||4.8||1.8||.4||.3||12.8|
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- Casspi and Mekel both shine in first-ever Israeli NBA face-off
- Historic meeting for Gal Mekel and Omri Casspi
- "Pelicans Complete Three-Team Trade with Rockets and Wizards". NBA.com. July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
- Pelicans Waive Omri Casspi
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