The Warriors’ signing of Omri Casspi for a minimum deal this summer was a steal. Despite his down year in 2016-2017 due to a hand injury, Casspi has shown crisp passing, long-range shooting, and defensive versatility at both forward positions during his NBA career.
But once Draymond Green got ejected in the second quarter of Friday’s game against the Washington Wizards, Casspi had to step up. And he did (as did Kevon Looney!).
In thirteen minutes, Casspi scored eight points, corralled three rebounds, and recorded one assist, steal and block. He was +17 and had a huge impact on the team’s offense.
The Warriors had a 144.3 OffRtg and a +59.4 NetRtg in Casspi's 13:09— Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) October 28, 2017
Casspi hit a three, made some nice cuts, and moved the ball fantastically. He’s a great fit for the unselfish Warriors’ offense and seems to understand Kerr’s system well already. For somebody that has never been on a great team, he looks at home playing with the Warriors’ stars.
The talent in the NBA is so absurd. Omri Casspi is 6'9 and makes this pass. He's about the 600th best player in the league pic.twitter.com/61sJdLzcFG— Jordan Bauman (@LeaguePassGod) October 28, 2017
When asked after the game about his performance, Casspi said he was just happy to play. He knows he might not get playing time every game, but he’s ready to contribute when called upon.
Omri Casspi on his second half pic.twitter.com/aszuSvXren— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 28, 2017
If Casspi continues to impress, he’ll definitely get more minutes, and could leap guys like Nick Young and Patrick McCaw on the depth chart. He’s a savvy veteran who makes the right plays, spaces the floor, and tries hard. We’re lucky to have him.
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