Dwane Casey Rumors
“I think he’s doing a great job,” said Casey, who has raved about his centre throughout camp. “This is the best I’ve seen Jonas play. Not only numbers, but just his awareness, his alertness, his ball handling. He has done an excellent job of reading and that’s what we’re doing a little bit different, there’s a lot of read and react, very few [play] calls and he’s done an excellent job of adjusting and handling the basketball at the top [of the key].”
“(Lowry’s) in great shape, Jonas (Valanciunas), all of our guys,” said coach Dwane Casey. “I don’t know of anyone who’s not in great basketball condition. This is probably the best summer our guys have had as far as body fat, weight, conditioning, running, since I’ve been here.”
Dwane Casey is not ready to commit to a starting small forward for the Toronto Raptors this season. The head coach says it will be “fit” that determines whether C.J. Miles or Norm Powell joins Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas in the starting lineup — including who might fit best with a second unit that will be among the youngest in the league. “I’ve talked to both C.J. and Norm. It could be either one,” Casey said. “Delon Wright may see some minutes at the three because he’s a versatile young man. Bruno (Caboclo) gives you a standstill shooter. So we’re going to look at a lot of different attributes for that position, and then who fits with the second unit.”
Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said Tuesday that he has plans to give DeMar DeRozan more time at point guard during the 2017-18 season. “We got to have a better mentality of ball movement, man movement and spacing,” Casey said on Wednesday while on The Andrew Walker Show on Sportsnet 590 The FAN.
Casey also said that he’s not going to shy away from allowing DeRozan to create in the mid-range in iso situations, knowing it helps him draw fouls. But the focus is clear: the Raptors are looking to create more ball movement. “Everyone and their brother knows we want better ball movement,” said Casey.