SLAMonline Mock Draft: Omri Casspi, No. 23
Importing an important piece.
With the 23rd pick in the 2009 SLAMonline Mock Draft, the Sacramento Kings select…
Hey, it’s me again, popping in as the GM for the second time this first round. As you may recall (or see on the bottom of your screen), we selected Brandon Jennings with the fourth overall pick. We figure him to come in immediately and split the 48 minutes with Beno. At the off-guard spot we expect a healthy Kevin Martin, with ’Sico Garcia spelling him, to man that position nicely. We feel very confident with Jason Thompson and Spencer Hawes at the PF and C spots. And rounding out the starters is Donte Green.
All of the aforementioned players are young, and we hope, up-and-coming. I mean three of those four (and Jennings doesn’t worry us at all) have performed pretty well previously. The only real concern is Donte Green. His rookie year was not what we had hoped for when we traded for him, but we still have faith in Donte. It’s with these thoughts in mind—our team has a young player at every position—that we decided to draft the man we did at this spot.
Without further ado, I would like to tell you that Omri Casspi will be a King—just not next year.
You see, drafting Casspi works for us perfectly. As you may or may not know, he plans on playing overseas for another year or two. That’s great because he’ll get to develop his game over there, playing more minutes than he would here, and of greater importance, we won’t have to pay him for a few years.
When he does come to play for the Kings we have high hopes for him. We expect the small forward to develop nicely, possibly even becoming a starter. We have had success with international small forwards before, Peja and Hedo for two, and hope that he can become the third. While not as good a shooter as either, he is more athletic than both, albeit slightly shorter at just under 6-8. Only turning 21 next week—Happy B-day, O—we see a lot of room for growth and development.
Since I’m the Kings GM and made this draft pick, you’ll probably call me a fool. But the truth is R.C Buford, the Spurs GM and a man who knows international ball, had his sights set on trying to get Casspi. That ought to add some validity to the selection for the fans out there asking who this guy is. Who is he? Only the No. 1 international player in his age group according to many scouting services. If you don’t like the pick, don’t come to Arco. We don’t need you—ehh, scratch that. Come. And bring your friends. We’ll be giving out free cowbells.
Last thing on the agenda: My only hope is that the Kings are still in Sacramento when Omri Casspi becomes the first Israeli to play in the NBA, fulfilling his dream and the dream of a small Middle Eastern country. [For more on Casspi, peep this article by Aaron Kaplowitz—Ed.]
|2009 SLAMonline Mock Draft Results|
|1||L.A. Clippers||Blake Griffin|
|2||Memphis Grizzlies||Hasheem Thabeet|
|3||Oklahoma City Thunder||Ricky Rubio|
|4||Sacramento Kings||Brandon Jennings|
|5||Washington Wizards||Jordan Hill|
|6||Minnesota Timberwolves||Demar DeRozan|
|7||Golden State Warriors||James Harden|
|8||New York Knicks||Stephen Curry|
|9||Toronto Raptors||Tyreke Evans|
|10||Milwaukee Bucks||Jonny Flynn|
|11||New Jersey Nets||DeJuan Blair|
|12||Charlotte Bobcats||Terrence Williams|
|13||Indiana Pacers||Earl Clark|
|14||Phoenix Suns||Jrue Holiday|
|15||Detroit Pistons||B.J. Mullens|
|16||Chicago Bulls||Sam Young|
|17||Philadelphia 76ers||Ty Lawson|
|18||Minnesota Timberwolves||Eric Maynor|
|19||Atlanta Hawks||Patty Mills|
|20||Utah Jazz||Gerald Henderson|
|21||New Orleans Hornets||Wayne Ellington|
|22||Dallas Mavericks||Austin Daye|
|23||Sacramento Kings||Omri Casspi|