Imagine that you’re walking out of the grocery store towards your car. You look on the pavement ahead of you and you think that you see a $100 bill. Obviously this gets you excited, thinking that you’ve stumbled upon something awesome. However, once you get up close to it, you realize that it’s a furniture advertisement with a picture of a $100 bill on it. That excitement goes away and turns to disappointment.
That scenario is pretty similar to Omri Casspi’s career in the NBA. As a rookie with the Sacramento Kings, Casspi looked like something special as he averaged 10.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 25.1 minutes per game while shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 36.9 percent from three. As we got closer to Casspi, though, we realized that it was all fool’s gold.
After two disappointing seasons following his rookie year, Casspi had the worst year of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season. He appeared in just 43 games and averaged just four points and 2.7 rebounds in 11.7 minutes per game while shooting only 39.4 percent from the floor and just 32.9 percent from three.
Now a member of the Houston Rockets, where he will likely battle in training camp for a spot as the third small forward on their roster, Casspi had a chance to prove himself to the Rockets while playing for Israel at Eurobasket 2013. However, Casspi failed to prove anything other than the fact that he’s not who we thought that he was after his rookie year.
In five games at the tournament, Casspi averaged 11.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 27.4 minutes per game, which is solid. However, the fact that he shot only 33.3 percent from the floor and just 27.8 percent from long-distance definitely erases any positive thoughts that you might have had about his performance.
Casspi will probably end up on the Rockets’ final roster, but he also probably won’t break their rotation, barring injuries. Whatever magic it was that he had in his rookie season seems to be long gone. In the end, he was just the furniture advertisement, not the real deal.
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