Raptors ex-coach Dwane Casey to lead Pistons

12 June, 2018, 07:09 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Good for him

Casey was sacked in May, shortly after being dubbed Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coach's Association. "There is a lot of talent, a solid core and some exciting young players eager to get better".

That's why when the Detroit Pistons showed interest in the 61-year-old Casey filling their coaching void left by the parting of Stan Van Gundy, he was intrigued.

Some Detroit Pistons fans have been very critical of Tom Gores for taking so long to find a head coach and general manager.

Casey posted a 320-238 (.573) overall record as Raptors coach.

The Pistons hired the National Basketball Association coach of the year finalist Monday, hoping he can help the three-time National Basketball Association championship franchise regularly reach the postseason and eventually compete again for titles.


Under Casey, the Raptors won four Atlantic Division titles and advanced to the playoffs in five consecutive seasons.

Earlier this year, the Raptors celebrated their 300th win under Casey, who also helped pave the way to their first-place finish in the Eastern Conference.

Prior to his appointment with Toronto, he served as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2005-07. Part of getting the Pistons back on track will be fixing their offence, which ranked 22nd in both field goal percentage and points per game last season. Dallas posted a 162-84 (.659) mark during that span, winning 50 or more games in each of his three seasons with the team.

Detroit has missed the playoffs in eight of the last nine seasons. His teams qualified for the playoffs in 11 of those 14 seasons.

A native of Morganfield, KY, Casey played collegiately at the University of Kentucky.

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