NBA Hoops: Casspi confident as draft approaches

Maccabi Tel Aviv forward believes he's ready to play in the NBA.

mac Tel Aviv Omri Casspi 248.88 (photo credit: Maya Spitzer)
mac Tel Aviv Omri Casspi 248.88
(photo credit: Maya Spitzer)
Maccabi Tel Aviv forward Omri Casspi believes he is ready to play in the NBA, even though according to some reports he had a less than successful time at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago over the weekend. Speaking to the media during the combine, Casspi was confident he is more than capable of playing in the best league in the world. "I think I'm ready to play in the NBA," Casspi said. "I've played on one of the best teams in Europe for the last few years and I've improved every year." However, according to ESPN's Chad Ford, the 20-year-old Israeli was far from impressive in the combine. "A couple of players didn't fare as well. Israel's Omri Casspi had a shaky shooting day, throwing up a few air balls and bricks during the shooting drills. "No worries, however - he's much better in a real game with real defenders," Ford said of Casspi, who is hoping to be selected in the first round of the draft at Madison Square Garden on June 25 to become the first Israeli to play in the NBA. "Everyone in Israel is excited about me getting drafted. Israel has never had an NBA player. Everybody's looking forward to the first one," said Casspi, who will work out and interview with several teams in the coming days. "I'm really looking forward to the interviews and workouts. I really want to do well there."