|Omri Casspi Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||June 22, 1988|
Omri Casspi is an Israeli professional basketball player, social activist, and TV personality, known for being one of the best players at the power forward and small forward positions. Between 2005 and 2009, he played for the Maccabi Tel Aviv and garnered prestigious awards such as winning the Israeli State Cup in 2006 and being a 2-times champion in the Israeli Super League in 2006 and 2009. In 2008, Omri was also named Israeli Super League 6th Man of the Year, and the next year received a prestigious Israeli Super League Quintet Award. Omri was chosen for the 2009 NBA draft in Round 1 with the 23rd overall pick by the Sacramento Kings, and played for them between 2009 and 2011, and then between 2014 and 2017.
Omri is also known for playing for NBA clubs such as Cleveland Cavaliers (2011-2013), Houston Rockets (2013-2014), New Orleans Pelicans (2017), and Minnesota Timberwolves (2017). In 2017 he was signed to Golden State Warriors and stayed there until April 7, 2018, after he suffered an injury and was waived to make a place for Quinn Cook. He was then signed to Memphis Grizzlies on July 11, 2018, but suffered an unfortunate meniscus tear in his right knee and was waived by the club on February 7, 2019, and forced to await surgery. Omri has also amassed a fanbase online with more than 300k followers on Instagram and more than 100k followers on Twitter.
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
His educational history is unknown.
Professional Basketball Player, Social Activist, TV Personality
- Father – Shimon Casspi
- Mother – Ilana Casspi
- Siblings – Eitan Casspi (Older Brother), Aviv Casspi (Younger Sister)
- Others – Moshe (Moses) Casspi (Grandfather)
Omri Casspi is represented by –
- ADD Agency (Talent Agent) in Tel Aviv, Israel
- FYI Public Relations (Publicist) in Los Angeles, California, United States
Power Forward/Small Forward
- 18 – Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Golden Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans
- 36 – Cleveland Cavaliers
- 9 – Israel National Team
6 ft 9 in or 206 cm
102 kg or 225 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Omri Casspi has dated –
- Bar Refaeli (2011) – There was a rumor that he hooked up with the well-known Israeli model, Bar Refaeli in May 2011, after pictures surfaced showing them looking cozy in each other’s company.
- Shani Ruderman (2016-Present) – On June 16, 2016, Omri married his girlfriend but remained private on the details. A year later, on July 7, 2017, he announced that their beautiful daughter was born and that they named her Sarai Casspi. The two were also seen on social media celebrating Valentine’s Day in 2018 by going on a helicopter ride. In March 2019, Shani was seen sporting a pregnant belly, indicating that the two were preparing to welcome their 2nd child into the world.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Moroccan-Jewish descent.
- Tall, athletic physique
- Thin eyebrows
Omri Casspi has endorsed brands such as –
- Telma’s Cornflakes of the Warriors (2011-2017)
- Factory 54 (2017)
- Pierpaolo Piccioli (2017)
He also founded the Omri Casspi Foundation, which sponsors yearly trips for other well-known sportsmen and celebrities to visit Israel and showcase its beauty to the world.
Best Known For
- Winning the Israeli State Cup in 2006, and being the 2-times Israeli Super League champion in 2006 and 2009
- Playing for basketball clubs such as Sacramento Kings (2009–2011;2014-2017), Cleveland Cavaliers (2011-2013), Houston Rockets (2013-2014), New Orleans Pelicans (2017), Golden State Warriors (2017–2018), and Memphis Grizzlies (2018-2019)
First Basketball Match
Omar Casspi made his professional debut at the age 17 for the Maccabi Tel Aviv youth team during the 2005-2006 season.
First TV Show
Omri Casspi made his first TV show appearance as himself in an episode of the comedy-news series A Wonderful Country in 2010.
Besides his typically arduous workouts with his basketball team that include endurance, cardio, and lifting weights with a focus on high repetitions for hypertrophy and stamina, Omri is also a big fan of playing tennis in his spare time.
Omri Casspi Favorite Things
- Activities – Swimming, Sunbathing
- Smartphone Game – Pokemon Go
Omri Casspi Facts
- His Hebrew name is עומרי משה כספי. It’s pronounced OME-ree.
- In 2012, Omri added his grandfather’s name, Moshe, as his middle name.
- Omri has shown tremendous appreciation and respect for the 9th President of Israel, Shimon Peres (1923-2016). He even visited the President’s house and spoke to him about charity work.
- He had declared himself eligible for a 2008 NBA draft but was forced to withdraw because he didn’t receive any first-round draft guarantees.
- In 2009, after being selected with the 23rd overall pick by the Sacramento Kings for the NBA draft, Omri became the 1st Israeli player to manage that feat in the 1st round.
- After scoring 22 points against Washington Wizards on December 16, 2009, he became tied for the most points by a Sacramento Kings player in his 1st start since 1985.
- He played against Kevin Durant and Rajon Rondo in the NBA All-Star Weekend H–O–R–S–E competition in February 2010.
- Omri was the captain of the senior Israeli national team at the 2015 EuroBasket competition.
- After scoring his career-high 36 points during a Sacramento Kings–Golden State Warriors game on December 28, 2015, he tied Mike Bibby’s team record with nine three-pointers.
- On July 6, 2017, Omri took part in the torch-lighting ceremony for the 20th Maccabiah Games. The competition drew more than 10k athletes that year, making it the 3rd largest sporting competition in the world, after the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup.
- For Halloween 2018, Omri and his wife dressed as characters from the animated movie Frozen (2013).
- After being waived from the team in April 2018, Omri was awarded his Golden State Warriors NBA Championship ring in November 2018 for his contribution during the 2017-2018 season.
- Golden State Warriors went on to win the NBA championship in 2018 after he got injured and was waived from the team.
- Follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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