Then-NBA commissioner David Stern – according to Omri Casspi – smiled wider than usual when announcing the Kings drafting Casspi No. 23 in 2009. “Because he’s Jewish,” Casspi said.
The first Israeli player in the NBA, Casspi was a big deal to some people.
Now, after a decade in the NBA and two more years back with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Casspi has retired.
James Ham of NBC Sports California:
Confirmed that Omri Casspi @Casspi18 is retiring from basketball. 33-year-old spent 10 seasons in NBA and last two playing in Israel. Two stops in Sacramento with the Kings. Sending well wishes in his life after hoops.
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) July 18, 2021
A hustle player and solid shooter, Casspi entered the NBA fairly ready to contribute. But he never advanced past that solid-backup/spot-starter role with the Kings, Cavaliers, Rockets, Pelicans, Timberwolves, Warriors and Grizzlies. He averaged eight points in 20 minutes per game.
Casspi didn’t set the NBA on fire the way some fans hoped. But he had a solid career.