Omri Casspi is coming around for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The 6-9 forward from Israel started off the season slowly and was got getting many minutes early in the year, but he has been playing much better and earning more time on the court recently.
On Friday night, he played a big part in the Cavs 113 to 111 win over the Atlanta Hawks, and he looks like he is becoming a key player for the Wine and Gold.
Casspi can score inside and outside, and he is a pretty good three-point shooter. The Cavs have needed more scoring off of the bench, and early in the season it didn’t look like Casspi was going to help much in this area. He started off the year shooting a total of 2 for 10 in his first three games, and then only played 3 minutes in the fourth game.
In the last few games, though, Casspi has looked much better on the floor and is doing a lot more to help the second unit. He has come up with some nice blocks and steals on defense, and his shooting looks great at times.
In a road game against the Miami Heat, for example, Casspi shot 4 for 4 from the three-point line as part of his 15-point night. The Cavs should have won the game, and Casspi is a big reason the team was in position to win.
And then in the victory over the Hawks on Friday night, Casspi scored 8 points on 3 for 5 shooting, which included making 2 of his 3 attempts from beyond the three-point line. Casspi also had 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist in the win.
Casspi is tall and athletic, and he has a ton of potential. If the Cavs can put him in position to get some open shots from the outside or give him space to drive to the rim, he can be a reliable scorer and a big part of the team. And if he is knocking down his three-point shots, that is going to stretch opposing defenses and make it easier for the other players on the second unit to score.
Casspi needs to become much more consistent in all areas of his game, but he is showing a lot of positive signs that he can help the Cavs start improving and winning more games soon.