- Jan 15, 2004
Ok, so 50% in the Top-12 over past 6 seasons with DeRozan and Valanciunas in your starting lineup doesn't sound like a coach who is living in the prior decade. You have to coach to your personnel.If by several times, you mean two, and by in the the top 10, you mean barely cracking the top 10, then yes, you have a point.
Before this year, during the Casey era, the Raptors ranked 22nd, 19th, 9th, 10th, 12th, and 21st in 3PA.
We aren't judging playoff adjustments as the voting took place at the end of the regular season. Casey won 59 games and overachieved what most expected. So did Stevens, Snyder, Brett Brown, McMillian, Stotts, Spoelstra, and Malone....I can even include D'Antoni. If you ask the fans in each of those cities who the COY should be I'm pretty sure you'll find that homerism will take over and they see their guy as the best this year due to their overachieving. They all did great......good luck separating them.However, if you're judging coaches more holistically, where development, in-game strategy, ego management, playoff adjustments all matter, Stevens and Snyder are ahead of Casey and it's not particularly close.
Personally I have Snyder, Stevens, McMillan and Spoelstra in the Top Tier with the others in the group behind and not a whole lot separating them.