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Omri Casspi

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The Jewish people are not necessarily known for our athleticism, nor are the Sacremento Kings known these days for winning basketball games, so I was a bit surprised when I looked it up and found that Omri Casspi, the 21 year-old forward who’s the first Israeli to make it to the NBA, is not only playing, he’s playing pretty well—8.5 points and 3.1 rebounds on 60.1 TS% and 21.3 minutes per game. Not All-Star numbers, obviously, but the kind of guy you’d gladly have on your team.

And actually Sacramento, which projected terribly during the offseason, is doing pretty well. A return to form by Kevin Martin and a big sophomore leap from Jason Thompson are the main causes but Casspi is part of the change that Sactown can believe in.