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Kings season primer: Omri Casspi enhances bench

hamezcua@sacbee.com

The Sacramento Bee provides a primer for each of the 15 players on the Kings’ roster entering their 2015-16 campaign, which begins Wednesday, Oct. 28, at home against the Los Angeles Clippers. View the rest of the profiles here.

Two days after being held out of a game with flu-like symptoms, Omri Casspi played perhaps his best game of the preseason in the Kings’ 107-98 win over New Orleans on Saturday, Oct. 17. The Israel-born forward came off bench, scored 16 points and had seven rebounds.

“My bench still excites me,” coach George Karl said following the victory. “It seems like we always find some weapon, some action, that kind of saves or plugs a hole we had with our starters.”

This will be the second season of Casspi’s second stint with the Kings, who re-signed with the team as a free agent. He joined them in 2009 and left for Cleveland following the 2010-11 season. In those two seasons with the Kings, Casspi averaged 24 minutes and 9.4 points in 148 games, starting 58 of them. Last season, he averaged 8.9 points, 3.9 rebounds in 21.1 minutes, with 19 starts.

PLAYER BIO: OMRI CASSPI

Position/jersey: Forward, No. 18

Height/weight: 6-9, 225

Age: 27

Experience: Six years

Prior to NBA: Israel

Key 2014-15 stat: Shot 46.2 percent from three-point range after George Karl was hired in February.

Comment: Valuable member of the second unit should continue to flourish under Karl.

Jason Jones

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