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.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Played in 71 games (27 starts) during the 2010-11 season…averaged 8.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in 24.1 minutes per game… as a starter averaged 10.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 31.2 minutes per game…scored a season-high 21 points on .727 shooting and had 10 rebounds for his first double-double on the season, to go along with one assist and one steal in 34 minutes off the bench on Dec. 6 at L.A. Clippers…shot a career-high six three-pointers at Cleveland on Oct. 30…grabbed a career-high five offensive rebounds at Oklahoma City on Feb. 12…grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds on two occasions (vs. Atlanta on Jan. 4 and vs. Portland on Jan. 19)...recorded four double-doubles…scored 20 or more points in four games…scored 10 or more points in 31 games…grabbed 10 or more rebounds four times…had a career-high six steals versus Washington on Dec. 8…led team in scoring four times, in rebounding six times and in assists once…missed the game on March 5th due to back stiffness…was DNP-CD ten times…played in 77 games (31 starts) during the 2009-10 season…averaged 10.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 25.1 minutes per game… as a starter, posted averages of 12.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 30.6 minutes per game… ranked seventh in scoring, sixth in rebounds, 17th in assists and ninth in minutes played among rookies…reached double-figures in scoring 41 times and tallied 20 or more points in seven contests…grabbed 10 or more rebounds on five occasions and recorded four double-doubles…connected on three or more three-pointers in eight games … led the team in scoring five times, rebounding in six times and in assists once…from Dec. 6 – Jan. 5 (15 games), averaged 16.6 points and 5.7 rebounds in 32.0 minutes per game…recorded a career-high 24 points, seven rebounds and one assist in 44 minutes vs. Phoenix on Jan. 5… in his NBA debut, tallied 15 points, four rebounds and one block in 19 minutes against Oklahoma City on Oct. 28… posted first career double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high five assists vs. Golden State on Nov.8… in first career NBA start, contributed a then career-best 22 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 38 minutes vs. Washington on Dec. 16… 2010 NBA Summer League (Las Vegas), averaged 14.0 and 4.4 rebounds in five contests (two starts)...scored in double-figures four times.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Finished fourth in voting for the 2008-09 FIBA European Young Men’s Player of the Year Award (Rubio, Gallinari and Koufos)…averaged12.8 points on .744 shooting, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in the Israeli Premier League over the first 19 contests … averaged of 8.8 points on .771 shooting and 3.1 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game in 16 Euroleague games … averaged 11.4 points and 4.0 rebounds in 25 games (seven starts) in 2007-08 for Maccabi Tel Aviv during Premier League play…began the campaign by visiting New York for Maccabi’s NBA exhibition game against the Knicks, registering eight points and four rebounds in just 16 minutes (Oct. 11, 2007)… joined Hapoel Galil Elyon on-loan from Maccabi for the 2006-07 campaign, posting 11.2 points on .706 shooting, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 26 regular season contests … contributed 15.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.33 steals in six EuroCup Challenge games, including a career-high 27 points vs. BK Prostejov…appeared in 20 Euroleague playoff games, posting averages of 4.5 points and 2.1 rebounds … tallied a postseason career high 18 points at FC Barcelona … averaged 4.7 points, 2.4 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game in 19 regular season games as a rookie for Maccabi Tel Aviv (2005-06) … appeared in three Euroleague postseason games, totaling two points … starred in the junior ranks for team Hapoel in Holon, Israel before debuting professionally at the age of 17.
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.