College - Florida State
Sam Cassell is in his fourth season in the NBA coaching ranks after his hire by the Wizards on May 21, 2009. Cassell moved to the bench after an outstanding 15-season NBA career, in which he won three NBA championships; two with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995 and one with the Boston Celtics in 2008.
In 993 career regular season games, the former All-Star averaged 15.7 points and 6.0 assists per game. Cassell made his mark as a clutch player in his rookie season in 1994 when he averaged 9.4 points and 4.2 rebounds off of the bench in the playoffs to help the Rockets to their first NBA Championship, and was a key contributor on the Rockets squad that won the title again in 1995.
The Baltimore native also appeared in the Eastern Conference Finals with Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld’s Milwaukee Bucks in 2001 and the Western Conference Finals with Flip Saunders’ Minnesota Timberwolves in 2004.
The 2003-04 season marked one of Cassell’s finest seasons as a professional, as he averaged 19.8 points and 7.3 assists per game. Cassell was named to the NBA All-Star game for the first time in his career and was also named All-NBA Second Team during that campaign.
Cassell played two seasons at San Jacinto College in Texas before starring at Florida State University from 1991-1993. In 2004, Cassell was inducted into the Florida State Athletic Hall of Fame.