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Clutch City: Sam Cassell

POSTED: Jun 4, 2015 1:40 PM ET

By Fran Blinebury


As a rookie in 1994, Sam Cassell came up big late in Game 3 of The Finals against the New York Knicks.

"Clutch City" will air at 9 p.m. ET Monday, June 8, on NBA TV. Produced by the Sports Emmy Award-winning NBA TV Originals, "Clutch City" examines the Houston Rockets' 1993-94 and 1994-95 NBA Championship teams.

These are the then-and-now stories of some of the standout players from those teams:

Name: Sam Cassell

Position: Guard

Stats in 1993-94 season: 6.7 ppg, 2.9 apg, 2.0 rpg, 09 spg

Stats in 1994-95 season: 9.5 ppg, 4.9 apg, 2.6 rpg, 1.1 spg

His part in Clutch City: He may have entered training camp as the No. 24 pick in the 1993 Draft, but the talkative, irrepressible Cassell never once acted like or thought of himself as a rookie. Oozing with confidence, he made it into coach Rudy Tomja-novich's rotation early and by the second half of the 1993-94 season was the closer at point guard. "The Fresh Prince of Clutch City" was fearless when games got late. He calmly stood at the free throw line in the last minute of Game 3 of The 1994 Finals at Madison Square Garden and knocked down a pair of shots to clinch a critical Rockets win.

After Clutch City: Cassell was traded with Robert Horry, Chucky Brown and Mark Bryant to Phoenix for Charles Barkley in 1996 eventually played for six more NBA teams before retiring in 2008. After five seasons on Randy Wittman's staff in Washington, Cassell just finished his first season as an assistant coach under Doc Rivers with the L.A. Clippers. He lives in Fresno, Texas.