Sport 2018 NBA award finalists: Ex-Raptors coach Dwane Casey candidate for Coach of the Year

04:15  17 may  2018
04:15  17 may  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

Raptors tweet congrats to recently fired Dwane Casey for Coach of Year candidacy

  Raptors tweet congrats to recently fired Dwane Casey for Coach of Year candidacy It's a nice gesture from the Raptors, but maybe a little too much, too soon.Dwane Casey is in the running for Coach of the Year after leading the Raptors to the most successful regular season (59 wins) in franchise history.

On May 11, 2018 . One team loses their coach , and another gains its coach . The Toronto Raptors announced Friday that Dwane Casey , the all-time winningest coach in franchise history, has been fired from his post after seven seasons.

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The finalists for key NBA awards were announced Wednesday, with some surprising names making the final lists.

Rookie of the Year and MVP seem like the most compelling races this year, but some might raise an eyebrow that recently fired former Raptors coach Dwane Casey made the cut. Fans can find out the winners when the 2018 NBA Awards Show takes place June 25 on TNT.

Here's a look at the finalists in each category:

Rookie of the Year

Ben Simmons, 76ers

Donovan Mitchell, Jazz

Jayson Tatum, Celtics

Prediction: Simmons

Most Improved Player

Victor Oladipo, Pacers

Clint Capela, Rockets

Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets

Prediction: Oladipo

NBA coaching rumors: Executives believe Raptors will fire Dwane Casey

  NBA coaching rumors: Executives believe Raptors will fire Dwane Casey The Raptors, who finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference this season, are down 3-0 to the Cavaliers in the semifinals.Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer reports that, "Executives around the league anticipate that the Raptors will make a coaching change, though there are no guarantees after Toronto’s success this regular season.

The Raptors ’ only Coach of the Year was Sam Mitchell in 2006-07. This season, Dwane Casey has already shown enough to warrant serious consideration. Here’s why. The Toronto Raptors maintain their status as the least-publicized contending team in the NBA .

Casey fired on Friday after winning NBA ’s Coach of the Year award . Raptors made five straight postseasons but couldn’t get past LeBron. Ex -Timberwolves coach went 320-238 in seven seasons in Toronto. Dwane Casey led Toronto to a

Sixth Man

Lou Williams, Clippers

Eric Gordon, Rockets

Fred Van Vleet, Raptors

Prediction: Williams

Coach of the Year

Dwane Casey, Raptors

Brad Stevens, Celtics

Quin Snyder, Jazz

Prediction: Stevens

Dwane Casey wearing a suit and tie © (Getty Images) Dwane Casey

Defensive Player of the Year

Anthony Davis, Pelicans

Joel Embiid, 76ers

Rudy Gobert, Jazz

Prediction: Davis

MVP

Anthony Davis, Pelicans

James Harden, Rockets

LeBron James, Cavaliers

Prediction: Harden

NBA community reacts to Raptors firing Dwane Casey .
NBA Twitter was somewhat surprised by the Raptors announcing the firing of Dwane Casey, two days after winning Coach of the Year.The news wasn't a total shock, because just a few days ago it was reported Toronto was "strongly leaning towards making a coaching change." But it's still somewhat off-putting considering NBA coaches just voted Casey as their Coach of the Year. He's also a strong candidate to win the official Coach of the Year award, which will be presented on June 25.

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