Omri Casspi Wants Out Of Sacramento -- A Potential Hornets Target?

It appears that the Sacramento Kings Omri Casspi isn’t too happy with his situation and lack of playing time. The 2nd year player out of Israel wants things to be sorted out, whether that be with the Kings franchise or whether it be elsewhere, The Jerusalem Post had the story:

“We have six more games until the end of the season, and although I won’t say that I’m counting the seconds, it is clear to me that I will have to make some decisions at the end of the year.” Casspi write for the Israli sports site ONE. “I know that there are many teams, including some playoff teams, that want me ahead of next season,” he wrote. “I hope to find myself in a team that appreciates me as a player and a person, a team that plays like a team.”

Casspi’s contract is one of length. After this season he has one more guaranteed season at $1, 341, 960 after that it’s a team option and then a qualifying offer. The only way for my mind, that he gets moved is if he’s traded. With a big labour discussion about to be had that is unlikely to happen.

But if we evaluate him and play the “what-if” game, what would his prospects be as a Hornet? Would he be a good fit? Is he a decent player? Let’s look at those things after the jump.

Omri Casspi is first and foremost a small-forward with a height of 6 foot 9. He has the length and shooting ability to be an impact player in this league. Whether he deserves to be a starting, 30 minute plus is up for debate, but I’m not all that convinced.

Statistically speaking Casspi is a below average defender. In his two seasons in the league he’s posted defensive ratings of 110 (2009) and 109 (2010). For reference the league average is 106.7 so he hasn’t shown a drastic improvement to warrant a trend of improvement. That doesn’t bode well if he’s in a Monty Williams system (although he has played for a defensively inferior team). Offensivley he also doesn’t show any “greatness.” Last season he posted a 104 (below the league average of 106.7, you want to be above it for offensive, below for defensive). This season he’s posting a 106, so he’s right there (but playing in limited time).

Those are for the advanced statistics, which I believe are a better representation of a players abilities over a longer period of time (and his future prospects).

For those of you interested in what I call the “ESPN Statistics” his were, 10.3 PPG in 25 Minutes, 4.5 RPG, 37% 3PT (2009) and 8.8 PPG in 24.5 Minutes, 4.4 RPG, 38% 3PT (2010). It appears his argument of “lack of playing time” is absurd, it’s just the fact he’s on the bench and not starting which has him bugged.

Personally I’d like to have Casspi on the Hornets as another shooter and not much more. He does have the ability to put the ball on the floor and finish, he can rebound and his defense can either be a reflection on him or the team (but it’s probably just as much on him as it is the team). I don’t think Casspi would see fit to see even more reduced minutes. He might play for a playoff team, but would he sacrifice playing time for winning? Personally you would be mad to sacrifice it, but as we all know some of these Europeans have ego’s as big as every other NBA player.

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