2013-14 SEASON: Appeared in 71 games (two starts) for the Houston Rockets in his fifth NBA season, averaged 6.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks in 18.1 minutes... DND one game (11/2/13) with a sprain left ankle … NWT for one game (3/17/14) with the flu … led the Rockets with 19 points off the bench at the L.A. Clippers (11/4/13) … netted 11 points on 5-of-5 (1-1 3FG) shooting at Dallas (11/20/13) … scored 11 of his 16 points (4-6 FG, 6-6 FT) in Houston’s fourth-quarter rally en route to a 93-86 win at Memphis (11/25/13) … registered 13 points (5-9 FG), a career-high seven assists and six rebounds in a 114-97 win at Detroit (12/21/13) … netted 14 points (4-5 FG, 2-2 3FG, 4-4 FT) in a 114-107 victory at Washington (1/11/14) … added 12 points (3-5 3FG) and six boards in a 104-92 win at Boston (1/13/14) … came off the bench with 15 points (5- 9 FG, 3-5 3FG) and eight boards in 33:11 of action vs. Portland (1/20/14) … registered a season-high 20 points (9-15 FG, 2-5 3FG) vs. Sacramento (1/22/14), adding a career-high-tying 12 rebounds (12 on 2/19/12 vs. Sacramento) to mark his first double-double with the Rockets … added 16 points (4-5 FG, 5-6 FT) vs. Detroit (3/1/14) and matched his season high in treys made (3-4 3FG) … had two steals and two blocks in his return to Cleveland (3/22/14).
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2012-13: Averaged 4.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 11.7 minutes per game over 43 outings (one start) with Cleveland … was a DNP (CD) 28 time and DND on six occasions … NWT three times on the season … missed three games (12/12/12-12/15/12) due to gastroenteritis … out one outing (2/23/13) due to abdominal pain … missed another eight games (2/24/13-3/10/13) due to an appendectomy … finished with nine points, six rebounds and a career-high-tying two blocks in 17 minutes on vs. Detroit (4/10/13) … tallied nine points, five rebounds, a season-high three steals and one block in 24 minutes at Philadelphia (4/14/13) … over the last seven contests of the season, averaged 6.1 points on .500 (16-32 FG) shooting, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 17.6 minutes per game.
2011-12: 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.
2010-11: Played in 71 games (27 starts)…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…
2009-10: Played in 77 games (31 starts)…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.
INTERNATIONAL: 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.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Sacramento in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft … Acquired by Cleveland in a trade from the Kings along with Sacramento’s first-round pick (protected) in the 2012 NBA Draft in exchange for J.J. Hickson on June 30, 2011… Signed by Houston as a free agent on July 16, 2013... Traded to New Orleans in a three-team trade that also involved Houston and Washington on July 15, 2014... Waived by New Orleans on July 23, 2014... Signed by Sacramento as a free agent on September 18, 2014
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.