October 31, 2014

Omri Casspi impressive for Sacramento Kings

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Omri Casspi dribbles against the Golden State Warriors (Getty Images).Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA has had a great start to his NBA career.

The 6-9 swingman is averaging 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 14 minutes off the bench for the Sacramento Kings.

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Casspi brings much-needed hustle, energy and intensity off the bench for the Kings.

Even better is that Casspi is hitting more than half his shots from the field; 50.8% to be exact as well as converted 17 of 37 three pointers (46%). High percentages considering NBA players normally struggle to shoot well in their first years.

However, not everything is going well. One issue is definitely Casspi’s accuracy from the line. He is only 52.1% from the charity stripe.

The New Jersey Nets, on the night they would tie the record for most losses to start the season, went to the length of fouling Casspi intentionally hoping he would miss his free throws. The Nets went on to lose 109-96, and Casspi would hit 4-8 free throws.

Though his free-throw percentage has actually improved over the season, including the last eight games where he has shot a more-respectable 66.7% (22-33). He started out the season shooting just 20% from the line, 3-15 free throws in his first nine games.

Free throws notwithstanding, with his overall play and passion, the 21-year old Casspi is poised to increase his role and playing time for the Sacramento Kings.

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