Updating an item from yesterday that suggested the Toronto Raptors had narrowed their head coaching search down to two candidates, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that the "growing expectation" in coaching circles is that Nick Nurse is the choice. Casey, who had led the Raptors to three consecutive 50-win seasons, was named coach of the Detroit Pistons on Monday. Adrian Wojnarowski reported shortly after that the Raptors are hiring Nurse, so consider it done. They won't fall much, if at all, for Nurse. The team ranked third in the National Basketball Association in offensive efficiency this past season, sixth in 2016-17, fifth the year prior, third in 2014-15, and ninth in 2013-14.
Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse gestures during a game against the Detroit Pistons on February 29, 2016.
Nurse came to Toronto fresh off of a NBA Development League championship with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and also won a league championship with Iowa, a D-League coach of the year award and worked extensively in Britain. The results were mixed in the first year, but maybe over a larger sample - with Nurse now in charge - there will be even more improvement.
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