On Wednesday, Dwane Casey’s peers voted him Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year. On Friday, he found himself unemployed after the Toronto Raptors fired him as head coach following seven seasons that saw them reach unprecedented heights during the regular season but fail to translate those into deep playoff runs.
That dichotomy presents the fundamental question for the Raptors in deciding Casey’s fate: Did they overachieve in the regular season or underachieve in the playoffs? Which one of those is true will eventually determine whether this move made sense.
The case for Casey
Toronto’s 59 wins during the 2017-18 regular season are tied for the third-most ever by a team that decided to change coaches after the year. George Karl’s contract wasn’t renewed after the 1997-98 Seattle SuperSonics — with Casey as an assistant — won 61 games before losing in the second round in similarly lopsided fashion, while Mike Brown was fired in 2010 by the Cleveland Cavaliers after 61 wins and a second-round loss with Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23471830/did-toronto-raptors-overachieve-disappoint-dwane-casey-nba
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