There was a bit of uncertainty about what the Toronto Raptors would do with their head coach Dwane Casey after getting a new general manager in Masai Ujiri. The team announced this week that Casey will be returning next season.
There is no doubt that this was the right move to make, especially with the team on the rise and potentially able to make the playoffs next season. This wasn’t the time to begin all over again with a new coach.
Casey led the Raptors to five straight wins to end the season and while they weren’t pressure games, there is still something to that winning streak. Toronto will still have Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan to lead them when next season begins, and I have to think that those two trust Casey’s judgment on the offense.
Their success will obviously boil down to other decisions made between now and the beginning of next season to see what kind of roster will be on the court, however.
It is quite possible that Andrea Bargnani won’t be back, but for a team that had seven players that averaged in double figures this season, a loss like that may not be so huge. The Raptors won 34 games this season and is definitely trending up.
I would expect that the Raptors get to the .500 mark if not better during the 2013-14 NBA season. Gay is going to average over 20 points a game after averaging 19.5 a game during his 33 appearances for Toronto this season. Ujiri was smart enough to see what Casey has to offer this team. It will be a decision that pays off in a big way sooner than later.