Averaged 17.2 points, 6.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 34.0 minutes per game…appeared in 78 games (75 starts)…finished the regular season ranked tied for 15th in the NBA in assists per game (6.3), 12th in FT% (.863) and 37th in points per game (17.2)…scored in double figures in 66 games while scoring 20 or more points in 31 games and scored 30 or more points twice…had 10 or more assists in 14 games and recorded 12 point/assist double-doubles…led the team in scoring in 15 games, assists in 50 games and steals in 24 games…missed one game due to injury with a hyperextended right knee (4/5)…11/2/05 at Seattle, scored a season-high 35 points (14-26 FG, 4-7 3-PT FG, 3-3 FT) and had 11 assists, five rebounds and two steals in 40:34…11/10/05 at Atlanta, scored 21 points (7-15 FG, 7-8 FT) and had eight rebounds along with nine assists and three steals in 37:56…11/20/05 vs. Golden State, scored 14 points and had 10 assists, four rebounds and two steals in 34:42…11/23/05 vs. Toronto, Scored 26 points (11-17 FG) and had nine assists in 36:41…11/30/05 at Cleveland, scored 26 points (11-12 FT) and had four rebounds, 10 assists and three steals in 42:18…12/5/05 vs. Miami, scored 18 points (7-11 FG) and had a season-high 13 assists while adding four rebounds in 34:03…12/13/05 at San Antonio, scored 20 points and had a season-high 10 rebounds in 37:27…12/14/05 at N.O./OK City, scored 26 points (12-12 FT) and had three rebounds and six assists in 35:52…1/16/06 vs. Utah, scored 25 points and had seven rebounds and eight assists in 43:27…1/18/06 vs. Phoenix, scored 27 points (11-19 FG) and had five assists in 33:42…1/28/06 vs. Denver, scored 17 points (7-13 FG, 3-4 3-PT FG) and had four assists in 28:41…2/1/06 at Orlando, scored 26 points (10-18 FG, 2-3 3-PT FG, 4-4 FT) and had seven rebounds and five assists in 38:31…2/3/06 at Boston, scored 23 points (9-14 FG, 3-5 3-PT FG, 2-2 FT) and had six rebounds and eight assists in 35:42…2/5/06 at Toronto, scored 27 points (11-20 FG) and tied a season-high with 13 assists in 44:47…2/27/06 vs. Charlotte, scored 18 points and had 11 assists and a season-high four steals in 38:22…3/7/06 vs. San Antonio, scored 15 points and had 11 assists in 36:22…3/10/06 at Chicago, scored 32 points (11-18 FG, 2-3 3-PT FG, 8-8 FT) and had two rebounds in 32:04…4/4/06 vs. Denver, scored 19 points and had 10 assists and three steals in 32:44…4/12/06 vs. Portland, scored 19 points and had 10 assists and six rebounds in 37:41...PLAYOFFS: In 12 playoff games, averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 33.7 minutes per game…5/14/06 vs. Phoenix, scored 28 points, to go with 11 rebounds and nine assists in 40 minutes…5/16/06 at Phoenix, tallied 32 points and five assists in 50 minutes of action… NBA: 2004-05 (Minnesota): Averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 25.8 minutes in a career low 59 games played (38 starts)...missed a total of 23 games with a strained right hamstring...averaged 16.1 points in Timberwolves' victories and 10.5 points in losses, the largest disparity in the league.
Averaged 19.8 points, 7.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 81 games played…posted career-highs in points per game (19.8 ppg), field goal percentage (.488, first among guards) and three-point field goal percentage (.398)…named an NBA All-Star for the first time in his career…named to the All-NBA Second Team and the All-Interview Second Team…finished the season ranked fifth in the NBA in assists…scored 30+ points on seven occasions…had 18 point/assist double-doubles…dished out 10+ assists on 20 occasions…named Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of 12/22/04…3/29/05 at Houston, scored his 12,0000th career point…4/4/05 vs. Memphis, scored a season-high 36 points…3/23/05 vs. San Antonio, notched his third career triple-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists…PLAYOFFS: Averaged 16.6 points and 4.4 assists in 16 playoff games, helping Minnesota reach the Western Conference Finals…recorded franchise playoff-record 40 point games vs. Denver on 4/18/04 and vs. Sacramento on 5/4/04.
Named Second Team All-NBA, his first career all-league honor... Scored 25 points with 13 assists March 5 vs. Houston, his 17th point/assist double-double and the 19th time he's dealt 10+ assists... Missed the Feb. 25 game vs. New Jersey with tendinitis in his left ankle... Tallied 29 points Feb. 24 at Milwaukee, the 17th time he's been Minnesota's top scorer... Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds March 10 at Portland, the first time he's been Minnesota's top rebounder... Made his All-Star Game debut by scoring four points with a team-high seven assists in 13 minutes Feb. 15 at Staples Center... Named to the team by the Western Conference coaches on Feb. 3... Tied his season high with 34 points Feb. 8 vs. Memphis, his sixth 30-point effort of the season and the 15th time he's been Minnesota's top scorer... Also had 34 points Jan. 3 at Dallas... Collected a game-high 24 points, six rebounds and a game-high seven assists Feb. 11 at Utah... Had a game-high 12 assists Feb. 10 vs. the Clippers... Saw his free throw streak halted at 71 on Feb. 8; that ties Larry Bird for the sixth-longest string in NBA history... Scored a game-high 30 points Jan. 21 at Toronto... Named Western Conference Player of the Week on Dec. 29, his third career weekly award... Following Kevin Garnett's Player of the Week award a week earlier, it is the first time in team history that Wolves players have won the honor in back-to-back weeks... Posted a game-high 31 points in the Dec. 23 win at New York, the Wolves' franchise-record-tying sixth straight road victory... It was his first 30+ game with Minnesota... Scored 26 points with a season-high 14 assists Nov. 5 vs. Sacramento... Scored his 11,000th career point Dec. 15 at Boston... Recorded his 800th career steal Nov. 29 at Dallas... Recorded his 500th career three-pointer Feb. 3 vs. Orlando... The Jan. 17 contest at Houston was the 700th of his career... Acquired by the Wolves from Milwaukee (along with Ervin Johnson) on June 27.
Averaged a career-high-tying 19.7 ppg, a career-best 4.4 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.13 spg and 34.6 mpg in 78 contests for the Milwaukee Bucks... Committed just 2.3 turnovers per game... Missed four games due to various injuries... Scored in double digits in all but seven games played... Posted 20+ points on 45 occasions and 30+ points five times... Led the team in scoring 26 times, rebounding nine times and assists 34 times... Bucks were 13-5 when he posted 8+ assists... Tallied his first career triple-double Dec. 9 at Cleveland, registering a season-high 39 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists... Tallied his second triple-double Jan. 22 at Boston, recording 14 points, a season-high 16 assists and a career-high 11 rebounds... Became the 249th player in NBA history to pass the 10,000 career point mark Feb. 21 at Seattle... Matched a career high with five three-point field goals March 19 at New Jersey.
Had the best scoring average of his career (19.7 ppg) and the best rebounding season (4.2 rpg)...missed eight games because of injury...sidelined Nov. 17 because of a right abdominal strain...missed two games with a pinched nerve in his neck (Jan. 2, 6)...missed five games (2/13, 2/15, 2/18, 3/3, 3/26) because of a left great toe sprain...the Bucks were 2-6 without Cassell...scored in double figures in all but four games this season...scored a season-high 33 points at San Antonio on December 23...had 11 double-doubles this season (Bucks 8-3)...the Bucks were 14-3 when Cassell delivered nine or more assists...finished among league leaders in assists (12th; 6.7) and free throw percentage (14th; .860).
Started in 75 of the 76 games he appeared in, missing six games due to injury...averaged 18.2 points and a team-high 7.6 assists (T-8th in NBA) per game...shot a career-high 47.4 percent from the field, and ranked third in the NBA among point guards in that category...his 244 defensive rebounds and 3.8 rebounds per game were both career-high totals...had 19 games of 10 or more assists, including a team-high 17 double-doubles...scored a career-high 40 points on 18-of-24 FG vs. Chicago (3/3) - forced a second overtime with a buzzer-beating trey at the end of the first OT...won the Fleer Shootout at Jam Session on All-Star Saturday...tied a career-high with six steals at Detroit (1/27)...drained two game-winning shots: a last-second trey at Miami (11/28); and a jumper at Los Angeles Lakers (12/12). 2001 Playoffs: Started all 18 playoff games and averaged 17.4 points and a team-high 6.7 assists...his points; minutes (37.9) and rebounds (4.6) were all career playoff-bests...scored a career playoff-high 33 points at Charlotte in Game 6 (5/17), including 13-of-15 (both career-highs) from the free throw line...grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds at Orlando (4/28).
Appeared in 81 games - all as a starter- and was the team leader in assists (9.0 apg, 2nd in NBA), second in steals (1.26 spg) and third in scoring (18.6 ppg), free throw percentage (.876, 9th in NBA) and minutes (35.8 mpg)…named NBA Player of the Week (11/2-7) after averaging 29.0 points and 9.0 assists while shooting a league-best 69.4 percent from the field – the first Bucks Player of the Week since the 1996-97 season…established career-highs in FGM (15) at Houston (11/2); steals (6) vs. Dallas (12/5); and assists (19) at Charlotte (12/29)…set season career-highs in games started, minutes played, field goals made and attempted, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, assists and points…established Bucks single season assist mark with 729…registered 18 assists without a turnover – two shy of an NBA record – vs. Atlanta (1/4)… recorded 27 double-doubles on the season (points/assists)…missed one game (1/6 at Detroit) with right ankle tendinitis. 2000 Playoffs: Averaged 15.8 points, a team-high 9.0 assists (2nd in NBA) and 3.4 rebounds in 35.6 minutes per game over five games…dished a Playoff career-high 13 assists in Game 4.
On the injured list from 3/22 to 5/1 due to a sprained right ankle...Made his Bucks debut, totaling 13 points and 4 assists, against the Charlotte Hornets on 3/21...Traded by the Nets with Brian Evans, Chris Gatling, a 1999 first-round draft choice and a future first-round draft choice to the Milwaukee Bucks, in a three-way deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, for Stephon Marbury, Elliot Perry, Chris Carr and Bill Curley on 3/11...Posted a career-high 36 points, hitting 17-of-19 free-throws, and a game-high nine assists against the Atlanta Hawks on 2/6
Recorded game-highs of 27 points and 10 assists and grabbed 7 rebounds against the Charlotte Hornets on 4/15...Named NBA Player of the Week for the week ending 4/12, averaging 30.0 ppg and 11.0 apg to lead the Nets to a 4-0 record... Competed in the Fleer ShootAround during the 1998 NBA All-Star Weekend in New York.
Cassell was traded three times in a span of six months, going from Houston to Phoenix to Dallas to New Jersey. Through it all, he managed to average career-highs of 15.9 points and 5.0 assists per game....After finishing 1996-97 with Houston, Cassell was traded on Aug. 20, along with Robert Horry, Chucky Brown and Mark Bryant to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Charles Barkley...He played 22 games for Phoenix, making nine starts, and was averaging 14.5 ppg when he was traded on Dec. 27 along with A.C. Green, Michael Finley and a second-round pick to Dallas for Jason Kidd, Tony Dumas and Loren Meyer.... He played in 16 games for Dallas, starting 13, and averaged 12.3 ppg. But on Feb. 17 he was dealt along with Jim Jackson, George McCloud, Chris Gatling and Eric Montross to New Jersey in exchange for Shawn Bradley, Robert Pack, Ed O'Bannon and Khalid Reeves...Cassell played 23 games for the Nets, all but one as a starter, and averaged 19.3 points, 6.5 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.61 steals in 34.9 minutes...He missed the final six games of the season with a pulled left hamstring....Overall he averaged 15.9 points, 5.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.26 steals in 28.1 minutes, appearing in 61 games, including 44 starts...He ranked 17th in the NBA in free throw percentage at .845...Following the season he became a free agent but elected to re-sign with the Nets.
Cassell played in 61 games in his third season in the NBA, missing 18 in a row late in the season due to an injured right elbow...He averaged a career-high 14.5 points per game along with 4.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game and shot a solid .825 from the free throw line....Cassell scored in double figures 46 times and reached 20 points 16 times, including a career-high 33 points at San Antonio on Dec. 23...He also netted 31 points, shooting 10-for-12 from the field, against Dallas on Feb. 13...He had 24 points and a season-high 11 assists against the Lakers at Los Angeles on March 3...In the playoffs he averaged 9.7 points and 4.0 assists in eight games, with a high of 22 points in Game 2 against the Lakers...At All-Star Weekend, he participated in a special shooting contest that was a featured attraction at Jam Session and defeated Reggie Miller, Chuck Person and Mitch Richmond...Following the season, Cassell was trade to Phoenix along with Robert Horry, Chucky Brown and Mark Bryant for Charles Barkley...
Cassell's role on the Houston Rockets was much as it had been in his rookie campaign...Once again he split point guard duties with Kenny Smith on a team that went on to win the NBA Championship. (Cassell recorded 23.0 minutes per game, while Smith logged 25.1 minutes per contest.)..Cassell's 4.9 assists per contest topped the Rockets and ranked 26th in the NBA, and his .843 free-throw percentage was 20th in the league...Although he started only one game, he contributed 9.5 points and 1.15 steals per contest and hit 63 three-point shots for a .330 percentage on the season...On April 7 Cassell poured in a career-high 31 points against the Portland Trail Blazers, hitting 9 of 14 field goals and 10 of 11 free throws...Twice during the season he hit desperation tosses as the first-quarter buzzer sounded: a 40-footer against the Milwaukee Bucks on January 24 and a 50-footer against the New York Knicks on February 19...For Cassell and his teammates, Houston's 1995 NBA Championship was simply another long shot that needed to be made...The defending champions were weakened by injuries throughout the season and entered the playoffs seeded only sixth in the Western Conference...Defying all postseason predictions, the Rockets won four series against the four teams with the best regular-season records in the NBA-the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, and Orlando Magic (who had tied for the fourth-best mark)...Cassell averaged 11.0 points and 4.0 assists in the playoffs, and in the Finals he averaged 14.3 points, converting 7 of 15 three-point shots and 20 of 24 free throws...After Smith's big outing in Game 1, Cassell took his turn in Game 2, scoring 31 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 11-of-12 shooting from the line in the Rockets' victory...Cassell and Smith combined to average 22.0 points and 8.5 assists from the point guard slot in the postseason...The NBA Championship was Cassell's second in two seasons in the league...
Sam Cassell began his college career at San Jacinto Community College in Texas, then finished it with two outstanding seasons at Florida State...As a senior in 1992-93 he scored 18.3 points per game and teamed with Bob Sura to form the highest scoring and rebounding backcourt in the nation (38.2 ppg, 10.4 rpg)...The Houston Rockets, searching for an eventual successor to Kenny Smith at point guard, nabbed Cassell with the 24th overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft...Cassell started four games in place of Smith beginning on November 23, becoming the first Rockets rookie to start at point guard since Allen Leavell in 1979-80...Cassell did not see significant playing time in the first half of the season, but he came on strong after the All-Star break and eventually supplanted Scott Brooks as Houston's back-up point guard...For the year, Cassell scored in double figures 17 times while averaging 6.7 points on .418 shooting from the field...He set a Rockets rookie mark for most three-pointers attempted (88) and made (26) in a season. He also played in the inaugural Rookie Game at the NBA All-Star Weekend...The 6-foot-3 Cassell enjoyed one of the most memorable postseasons by a rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980. Often playing more minutes than Smith, Cassell deftly directed the Rockets' floor game and coolly sank several key buckets for Houston in the NBA Finals against the New York Knicks...In 22 postseason games Cassell averaged 9.4 points and 4.2 assists in 21.7 minutes per contest...The Rockets dumped the Knicks in seven games to win their first-ever NBA Championship...
A graduate of Baltimore's Dunbar High School, Cassell began his college career as a big scorer at San Jacinto Junior College in Texas...He then transferred to Florida State for his final two seasons...As a senior in 1992-93 he averaged 18.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists, shot .502 from the floor and led the Atlantic Coast Conference in steals...He and Bob Sura gave the Seminoles the nation's top scoring and rebounding backcourt...Charlie Ward, a college football star and future NBA player, played behind Cassell on the squad.