Editor's note: This article is part of a continuing series in which Insider Bill Herenda highlights a every player on the Kings roster leading up to the 2014-15 season opener on Oct. 29
Contract status: Under contract through this season, 2014-15. Signed a one-year contract with Sacramento as a free agent on September 18, 2014.
2013-14 in review: In 71 games with the Houston Rockets, Casspi averaged 6.9 points, shot 42 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from 3-point range and 68 percent from the charity stripe in 18.1 minutes per game.
The first Israeli-born player selected by an NBA team to compete in the league, Casspi’s production was highest in his rookie year in Sacramento when he averaged 10.3 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game and 25.1 minutes per game.
2014-15 outlook: Originally selected by Sacramento 23rd overall in the first round of the 2009 draft, coach Michael Malone has been impressed in training camp, saying, “Omri is more than just a shooter. He has a high basketball IQ and makes others around him better."
At the three spot behind Rudy Gay, Casspi is battling for minutes with the enigmatic Derrick Williams, who returned to camp in terrific shape but consistency has been a major question mark for the former Arizona Wildcat.
Now entering his sixth NBA season, Casspi is eager to leverage his experience with Houston last season and help change the culture with his original NBA team. “I know what it takes now to be a winning team," Casspi said. "Last year in Houston was really hard but at the end of the day we won 54 games ... and that kind of run is fun.”
If the former Maccabi Tel Aviv product first establishes himself securely behind Gay in favor of Williams, Casspi could be the beneficiary of additional minutes when Malone goes with a small lineup.