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Roster Review | Omri Casspi

by Kyle Ratke

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F | 6-9, 225 lbs

2016-17 season: 36 games, 2 starts, 17.9 MPG,5.2 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.0 APG, 46.7 FG%, 34.9 3P%, 58.6 FT%

With Wolves: 13 games, 17.1 MPG, 3.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 0.8 APG, 48.7 FG%, 20 3P%, 62.5 FT%

After an injury to Nemanja Bjelica left the Wolves shorthanded, the Wolves went out and signed Omri Casspi to help fill the void on March 20.

Casspi appeared in 13 games for the Wolves and the results were mixed. But Casspi’s season was an odd one. He played 22 games with the Kings, was traded to the Pelicans as part of the DeMarcus Cousins, played one game for the Pelicans and broke his thumb, was released by the Pelicans and signed with the Wolves a month later.

A lot of moving parts there.

Throughout his career, Casspi has averaged 8.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and 13.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per 36 minutes. He has plenty of value despite 2016-17 being an up-and-down season for the eight-year pro.

Top Three Games Of The Season

3.) Dec. 9 vs. New York Knicks

In this 103-100 loss with the Kings, Casspi finished with 12 points, three rebounds and an assist off the bench in 20 minutes. He shot 4-for-5 from the field, 1-for-1 from the 3-point line and 3-for-3 from the free-throw line.

2.) Dec. 12 vs. Los Angeles Lakers

In this Kings win, Casspi finished with 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal off the bench. He shot 6-for-10 from the field and 1-for-1 from the 3-point line in 30 minutes.

1.) Dec. 10 at Utah Jazz

Casspi’s best game of the season came as a member of the Kings. In a 104-84 loss, he finished with 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals off the bench. In 27 minutes, he shot 5-for-9 from the field and 2-for-3 from the 3-point line.

Top Offseason Objectives

For Casspi, free throws have been a pain for him since entering the league in 2009. In his career, he’s a 67.5 percent free-throw shooter. In 2014-15, he shot 73.3 percent from line, but shot just 62.5 percent last season. If he could up that to 72 percent, that alone would be 0.3 more points per game based on his career averages.

Role for 2017-18?  

Throughout his career, Casspi has mainly been a contributor off the bench. At 28 (will be 29 when 2017-18 starts), Casspi is a guy who can stretch the floor while playing about 20 minutes off the bench. At 6-9, he’s able to play both forward spots. He’s a lifetime 36.7 percent 3-point shooter and last year’s 34.9 percent was down, but after dealing with injuries and bouncing to three teams, that’s somewhat expected.  

They Said It…

“I’m pretty comfortable with my role and what I need to do when I step on the court. One thing I looked at is this young team obviously needs veterans around them to help them win. Everybody knows the talent they have here and looking for stability for the future and stuff like that. I want to share some of my experiences and help this team win basketball game and learn how to play with them, enjoy this ride and see where it goes from there. . . You can really tell you came into a good organization, so I’m excited.” – Casspi after signing with the Wolves.

 

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