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Toronto Raptors Head Coach
Dwane Casey was named the eighth head coach in franchise history June 21, 2011 joining the organization just nine days after helping lead the Dallas Mavericks to the 2011 NBA Championship. Casey, 56, has served as a head coach, associate head coach and assistant coach in the NBA 18 of the past 19 years. He has coached in two NBA Finals (1996 and 2011) and two NBA All-Star Games (1996 and 1998).
In the 2012-13 campaign, Casey and his coaching staff oversaw the marked development of a youthful core of players including DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross. DeRozan established career highs in points, rebounds, assists and minutes. Johnson posted career bests in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and minutes. Valanciunas earned NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honours.
In his first season with the Raptors, Casey took a unit that ranked near the bottom of the NBA in every defensive category and transformed the culture and results. The Raptors finished the 2011-12 campaign as the league’s season leader for greatest improvement in opponent field goal percentage and opponent scoring. Toronto ranked in the Top 10 in fewest points allowed (9th), opponent field goal percentage (8th) and three-point field goal percentage (5th). The team had finished in the bottom third of the league in all three categories in the 2010-11 season.
Casey spent three seasons (2008-11) as an assistant with the Mavericks. Dallas posted a 162-84 (.659) mark during that span, winning 50 or more games in each of Casey’s three seasons with the team. Casey was in charge of a defensive unit that held its opponents to 96.0 points per game (sixth in the NBA) and.450 per cent shooting from the field (eighth in the NBA) in the 2010-11 regular season. In the 2011 postseason, Casey’s defense posted series victories over offensive powers the likes of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Dallas held its playoff opponents to 92.5 points per game and .447 per cent shooting from the floor.
Toronto is Casey’s second stop as an NBA head coach. His first endeavor as a bench boss was with the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2005-07. He had the club in playoff contention with a 20-20 record when he was replaced January 25, 2007. His 2005-06 squad finished in the NBA’s top 10 in fewest average points per game and lowest opponent field goal percentage.
In 2008, Casey traveled throughout Europe, attending Euroleague games and practices while studying various basketball concepts.
Casey began his NBA coaching career in 1994 as an assistant with the Seattle Supersonics. He spent 11 seasons with the Sonics where he served under longtime NBA head coaches George Karl, Paul Westphal and Nate McMillan. He was promoted to associate head coach in November 2000. Nine of his teams in Seattle finished above .500 with five winning 50 or more games. The 1996 squad won the Western Conference Championship after finishing the regular season with a franchise record 64 victories.
In 14 seasons as an NBA assistant, Casey’s teams have registered a 689-427 mark (.617) with eight campaigns of 50 or more wins. His teams have qualified for the playoffs in 11 of those 14 seasons.
Prior to joining the Sonics, Casey spent five years as a head coach in Japan. He also coached Japan’s National Team with basketball legend Pete Newell. In the summer of 1998, Casey coached the team to its first World Championship appearance in 31 years.
From 1985-89, Casey was an assistant under legendary collegiate coach Eddie Sutton at the University of Kentucky. The Wildcats posted a 90-40 mark during that span. He also served as an assistant under Clem Haskins at Western Kentucky University from 1980-85.
Casey began his coaching career at Kentucky in 1979 as a graduate assistant under Joe B. Hall. While at UK, he recruited and coached eventual NBA players Winston Bennett, Sam Bowie, Rex Chapman, LeRon Ellis, Shawn Kemp, Chris Mills, Dirk Minnifield, Irving Thomas and Melvin Turpin.
Casey played collegiately at Kentucky and helped the Wildcats register a 30-2 record in his junior season and capture the 1978 NCAA Championship. A four-year letterman, Casey was named team captain his senior year and won Kentucky’s all-academic award.
A native of Morganfield, Kentucky, Casey earned a degree in business administration from Kentucky in 1979. He and his wife, Brenda, have a daughter, Justine, and son, Zachary.