Omri Casspi’s pre-season form with the Houston Rockets has been so encouraging
that he is being mentioned as a possible starter at the NBA
The 25-year-old Israeli, who joined the Rockets as a free
agent in the summer following two frustrating seasons with the Cleveland
Cavaliers, surprisingly started at power forward in Houston’s 108-104 victory
over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
He finished with six points,
six rebounds and five assists, hitting just 2-of-10 field goals.
even with the relatively disappointing outing, he is still averaging 14.0 points
and 6.8 rebounds while shooting 61.1 percent from the field in four preseason
Casspi seems likely to come off the bench during most of the
upcoming season, but he is still delighted with his expected role in
“This team with its style of play really fits my game,” Casspi
told the team’s website.
“I wanted to play for coach Kevin McHale and as
soon as Dwight Howard signed here it was a no brainer for me.”
who will face countryman Gal Mekel and the Dallas Mavericks in Houston’s next
preseason game on Monday, has no qualms about playing the power forward
“I love it. I enjoy every second of it,” he said. “It really
gets me into the flow of things. I get the ball a lot more so I can do a lot
more things and kind of facilitate some of our offense.”
Casspi’s play so far.
“He’s been playing great,” he said. “He’s been
rebounding the ball so well. He’s hustling all the time. There’s
nothing not to like about what he’s done so far, that’s for sure.”