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BACKGROUND

  • Draft Class: 2008
  • Country: Israel
  • Birthdate: June 22, 1988 (Yavne, Israel)

DRAFTED:

Selected by the Kings in the first round (23rd overall pick) of the 2009 NBA Draft.

HOW ACQUIRED:

Acquired in a trade from the Sacramento Kings on June 30, 2011 along with Sacramento’s first round pick (protected) in the 2012 NBA Draft in exchange for J.J. Hickson.

2011-12 SEASON:

Played in 65 games (35 starts)…averaged 7.1 points on .403 shooting, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 20.6 minutes per game…as a starter, averaged 7.7 points on .415 shooting, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 23.1 minutes per game…scored a season-high tying 14 points to go along with seven rebounds at Charlotte on Jan. 16…grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and scored six points against Sacramento on Feb. 19…recorded a season-high four steals and added nine points and two rebounds versus Dallas on Feb. 4…scored 10 or more points 16 times and 14 points three times…led or tied for the team lead in scoring once, rebounds twice, steals eight times and blocks 10 times…was a DND on April 26 with right knee/quad tendonitis.

PERSONAL:

Full name is Omri Casspi…nickname is “O.C.”…son of Simon and Eilana Casspi…has a brother, Eitan, and a sister, Aviv… grew up in Hapoel Holon but moved to Maccabi Tel Aviv, playing in his native Israel his entire career…became the first Israeli player to be drafted in the first round…became the first player from Israel to play in the NBA when he made his debut on October 28, 2009 at Oklahoma City…participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation’s “Viva La Cure” gala, helping raise funds for juvenile diabetes research…donates time, resources, and game tickets to numerous Jewish community groups cities across the country…favorite cuisine is Italian…enjoys playing tennis and spending time with family and friends.