Omri Casspi

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Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi 3.jpg
Casspi during his first stint with the Kings
No. 18 – Sacramento Kings
Position Forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1988-06-22) June 22, 1988 (age 28)
Holon, Israel
Nationality Israeli
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2009 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2006–2007 Hapoel Galil Elyon
20092011 Sacramento Kings
20112013 Cleveland Cavaliers
2013–2014 Houston Rockets
2014–present Sacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards

Omri Moshe Casspi (Hebrew: עומרי משה כספי‎‎, born June 22, 1988) is an Israeli professional basketball player 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, but he can play also at the power 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.[1] The Cleveland Cavaliers traded for him in June 2011. He signed with the Houston Rockets in July 2013.[2] In July 2014, Casspi was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of a three-team trade, but was later waived. He then returned to Sacramento prior to the 2014–15 season.

Early life[edit]

Casspi is Jewish,[3][4][5] was born in Holon, Israel, and grew up in Yavne.[6] He is the son of Shimon and Ilana, and has an older brother, Eitan, and a younger sister, Aviv. Both of Casspi's parents are Israeli-born and of Moroccan Jewish heritage.[7]

As a child, Casspi played for junior programs at Elitzur Yavne and Maccabi Rishon LeZion. When he was 13, he moved to the Maccabi Tel Aviv youth team, winning the State Youth championship in 2005.

Professional career[edit]

Israel[edit]

Casspi, playing for Israel in 2010

Having previously played for Maccabi Tel Aviv youth team, Casspi made his professional debut at age 17 with Maccabi Tel Aviv during the 2005–06 season.[8] In his rookie season as the professional player, he had averages of 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game in the Israeli League. In 2006, he was loaned to Hapoel Galil Elyon for the 2006–07 season,[9] going on to win the 2007 "Discovery of the Year" award, after having a breakthrough season behind him. He averaged 11.1 points and 3.1 rebounds over 28 games. In April 2007, he scored 14 points for the World Select team at the Nike Hoop Summit in Memphis.[10]

Casspi returned to Maccabi for the 2007–08 season. The team reached the Euroleague Finals in 2008. Casspi received the 2008 Israeli League Sixth Man of the Year award, averaging 10.4 points and 4 rebounds per game. 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. Maccabi won a state championship in 2009. In the same season, Casspi's role in the team increased in the Israeli League, as well as in the Euroleague. Over 27 league games, Casspi averaged 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists, all career-highs.

NBA[edit]

In 2008, Casspi declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA draft, but he withdrew before the declaration deadline after failing to receive a first-round draft guarantee from any NBA club.[9]

Sacramento Kings (2009–2011)[edit]

On June 25, 2009, Casspi was selected with the 23rd overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2009 NBA draft,[11] 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.[12] On July 10, 2009, he signed a multi-year deal with the Kings.[13]

On October 28, 2009, Casspi made his NBA debut for the Kings against the Oklahoma City Thunder, scoring 15 points.[14] 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.[15]

On January 1, 2010, Casspi scored a then 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 February 2010, Casspi was chosen to participate in the NBA All-Star Weekend Rookie Challenge, as well as the NBA All-Star Weekend H–O–R–S–E Competition against Kevin Durant and Rajon Rondo.

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.[16]

Cleveland Cavaliers (2011–2013)[edit]

On June 30, 2011, Casspi was traded, along with a 2012 first round draft pick, to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for JJ Hickson.[16]

Houston Rockets (2013–2014)[edit]

Casspi with the Rockets in October 2013

On July 16, 2013, Casspi signed a multi-year deal with the Houston Rockets.[2] 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.[17][18]

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.[19] On July 23, 2014, he was waived by the Pelicans.[20]

Return to the Kings (2014–present)[edit]

On September 18, 2014, Casspi signed with the Sacramento Kings, returning for a second stint.[21] On April 7, 2015, he scored a then career-high 31 points on 12-of-20 shooting in a 116-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[22]

On July 14, 2015, Casspi re-signed with the Kings.[23] On December 28, 2015, he scored a career-high 36 points in a loss to the Golden State Warriors. He also tied Mike Bibby's team record with nine three-pointers.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Sacramento 77 31 25.1 .446 .369 .672 4.5 1.2 .7 .2 10.3
2010–11 Sacramento 71 27 24.0 .412 .372 .673 4.3 1.0 .8 .2 8.6
2011–12 Cleveland 65 35 20.6 .403 .315 .685 3.5 1.0 .6 .3 7.1
2012–13 Cleveland 43 1 11.7 .394 .329 .537 2.7 .7 .6 .3 4.0
2013–14 Houston 71 2 18.1 .422 .347 .680 3.7 1.2 .6 .2 6.9
2014–15 Sacramento 67 19 21.1 .489 .402 .733 3.9 1.5 .5 .1 8.9
2015–16 Sacramento 69 21 27.2 .481 .409 .648 5.9 1.4 .8 .2 11.8
Career 463 136 21.7 .4442 .368 .677 4.2 1.2 .7 .2 8.5

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2005–06 Maccabi Tel Aviv 3 0 2.7 .000 .000 .500 .0 .0 .0 .0 .7 - 1.7
2007–08 20 7 11.3 .545 .286 .600 2.1 .6 .3 .3 4.5 4.7
2008–09 16 8 17.5 .505 .450 .771 3.1 .4 .8 .2 8.8 7.1
Career 39 15 13.2 .509 .371 .688 2.4 .5 .5 .2 6.0 5.2

Career highs[edit]

  • Points: 36 @ Warriors 12/28/15
  • Field goals made: 13 @ Warriors 12/28/15
  • Field goals attempted: 20 vs Timberwolves 04/07/15
  • Three point field goals made: 9 @ Warriors 12/28/15
  • Three point field goals attempted: 12 @ Warriors 12/28/15
  • Free throws made: 10 vs Lakers 04/13/15
  • Free throws attempted: 13 vs Lakers 04/13/15
  • Rebounds: 17 @ Clippers 02/21/15
  • Assists: 7 2 times: @ Nuggets 04/12/15, @ Pistons 12/21/13
  • Steals: 6 vs Wizards 12/08/10
  • Blocks: 2 10 times
  • Minutes played: 45 @ Knicks 02/09/10

National team career[edit]

Casspi plays for the Israel national basketball team in international competition,[25][26] and was the team captain at the 2015 European Championship.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Casspi married his Israeli girlfriend Shani Ruderman in June 2016.[28]

Casspi runs the Omri Casspi Foundation, which every year sponsors trips backed by the National Basketball Players Association, for NBA players, WNBA players, and other celebrities, to Israel. The goal of the foundation is reach populations and show to the world what Israel is really like.[29] In 2015, those joining Casspi included DeMarcus Cousins, Caron Butler, Chandler Parsons, Iman Shumpert and Tyreke Evans.[30][31] The 2016 delegation included Jeremy Piven, Shawn Marion, Amar'e Stoudemire, Beno Udrih, Rudy Gay, Donald Sloan, Chris Copeland, Georges St-Pierre, Alysha Clark, Mistie Bass and Maria Ho.[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Casspi scores 15 in dream NBA debut". JPost.com. October 29, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Rockets Sign Omri Casspi
  3. ^ "Stoudemire to explore his 'Hebrew roots'". ESPN.com. July 30, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mural of NBA player Casspi defaced again". USAToday.com. September 17, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ Bloom, Nate (January 21, 2010). "Jews (and Mel) on the big screen, Winter sports roundup". Jweekly.com. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  6. ^ Tracy, Marc (July 20, 2009). "Omri Casspi Is Ready For Primetime". TabletMag.com. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  7. ^ "His sister: Omri Caspi not only aiming high". nrg.co.il (in Hebrew). May 8, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2009. 
  8. ^ "CASSPI, OMRI". Euroleague.net. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Prospect Profile – Omri Casspi
  10. ^ "Batum, Ajinca Selected For Nike Hoop Summit in Memphis". DraftExpress.com. March 7, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  11. ^ Sagi, Yehoshua (October 28, 2009). "Basketball / The first Israeli in the NBA / And now, the real journey for Kings' Casspi begins". Haaretz.com. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  12. ^ Mittleman, Jerry (June 26, 2009). "Israeli basketball star Omri Casspi picked in first round of NBA draft". Haaretz.com. Retrieved June 26, 2009. 
  13. ^ Sacramento Kings sign 2009 first round draft pick Omri Casspi
  14. ^ "Thunder get roaring, grab opener over Kings". NBA.com. October 28, 2009. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  15. ^ "1. Legler's Favorite Things". ESPN.com. December 21, 2009. Retrieved May 30, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b "Cavaliers Acquire Casspi and Future First Round Pick from Sacramento in Exchange For Hickson". NBA.com. June 30, 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  17. ^ Casspi and Mekel both shine in first-ever Israeli NBA face-off
  18. ^ Historic meeting for Gal Mekel and Omri Casspi
  19. ^ "Pelicans Complete Three-Team Trade with Rockets and Wizards". NBA.com. July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  20. ^ Pelicans Waive Omri Casspi
  21. ^ "Kings Sign Omri Casspi". NBA.com. September 18, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Kings hold off Timberwolves behind Casspi". NBA.com. April 7, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Kings Sign Omri Casspi and Luc Mbah A Moute". NBA.com. July 14, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2015. 
  24. ^ Curry's triple-double leads Warriors past Kings 122-103
  25. ^ Zeldin, Ashley (June 21, 2011). "Omri Casspi brings basketball camp to valley". JewishJournal.com. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Wallace meets Israeli President". NBA.com. September 2, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2011. 
  27. ^ "For Casspi, Now Is Israel's Time To Advance". FIBAEUROPE.com. September 10, 2015. Retrieved September 17, 2015. 
  28. ^ NBA Star Marries This Stunning Bombshell
  29. ^ Omri Casspi's entourage: Celebs in Holy Land with Israeli basketball star
  30. ^ Boogie Omri Caron Travel Israel
  31. ^ OMRI CASSPI, FELLOW NBA PLAYERS ARE 'ROCKSTARS' IN ISRAEL
  32. ^ NBA Players And Celebrities Off To Israel As Part Of Omri Casspi's Foundation

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