2015-16 Season Breakdown: Omri Casspi

Take a closer look at the Kings leading three-point shooter’s season.
by Kyle Ramos
Writer, Digital

Since starting his second stint with Sactown last season, Omri Casspi has continually contributed to the Kings, but his 2015-16 season was his best campaign yet.

During this past season, Casspi averaged a career-high 11.8 points per contest, while also knocking down 112 three-pointers on 40.9 percent shooting. This marked the second time in his NBA career where he has hit the 40 percent mark, accomplishing this same feat during the 2014-15 season.

In 69 games, 21 of which were starts, No. 18 also pulled in a career-best 5.9 rebounds per game and finished with the fifth-highest rebound total on the Kings squad.

Key Moment

Casspi has been known to have long-range shooting capabilities, but during a December game against the Golden State Warriors in January, he engaged in a thrilling three-point duel against one of the best shooters of all time and defending NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry.

During the last three minutes of the 2nd quarter, the two would combine for nine made three-pointers in a thrilling back-and-forth affair. Casspi would go on to finish that game with 36 points, a new career high.

Quotables

Kings General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Vlade Divac on Omri’s improved shooting: “His threes are like layups now.” (Via Sacramento Bee)

Casspi on what motivates him: “Every time I step on that court, I play my heart out, not because of the money, not because of whatever. It’s because of my teammates, it’s because I love this game, and I’m really blessed to be in a position to play in the NBA.” (Via CSN)

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins on playing with Omri: “If there’s one guy I know I can go into battle with, it’s Omri. He’s going to bring it every night, he’s going to play hard every possession, he’s going to leave it all on the floor. I respect those types of players.” (Via CSN)

Looking Forward

On the heels of the best individual season of his career, Casspi has plenty of momentum to work with heading into next season.

Aside from what he’s displayed in scoring ability and shooting touch, No. 18 has proven that he can provide an energy boost to the entire squad when he’s in the game.

His crucial veteran leadership will certainly be fundamental for the Kings success heading forward as they prepare for an exciting 2016-17 season in their new home in downtown Sacramento.



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