List of Toronto Raptors head coaches

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The Raptors have played their home games at the Air Canada Centre since 1999.

The Toronto Raptors are a Canadian professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. They play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Raptors are the only Canadian-based NBA team.[1] The team joined the NBA in 1995 as an expansion team with the Vancouver Grizzlies (which relocated to Memphis, Tennessee in 2001).[2] The Raptors first played their home games at the SkyDome (now known as the Rogers Centre), before moving to the Air Canada Centre in 1999, where they have played since. The Raptors are owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and Masai Ujiri is their general manager.[3][4]

There have been eight head coaches for the Raptors franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Brendan Malone, who coached for one season. Sam Mitchell is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (738) and the most regular-season game wins (156); Lenny Wilkens is the franchise's all-time leader for the most playoff games coached (17), the most playoff-game wins (8), and the highest winning percentage in both the regular-season and the playoffs (.459 and .471 respectively). Wilkens is the only Raptors coaches to have been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach. Mitchell is the only Raptors coach to have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award, having won it in the 2006–07 season.[5] Butch Carter, Kevin O'Neill, Mitchell, and Jay Triano have spent their entire NBA head coaching careers with the Raptors. Triano was the interim head coach of the Raptors since Mitchell was fired.[6][7] Triano is the first Canadian head coach in NBA history.[8]

Key[edit]

GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
# Number of coaches[a]
* Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the Raptors
dagger Elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach

Coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2013–14 season.

# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
Regular season Playoffs
1 Malone, BrendanBrendan Malone 1995–96 82 21 61 .256 [9]
2 Walker, DarrellDarrell Walker 199698 131 41 90 .313 [10]
3 Carter, ButchButch Carter* 19982000 165 73 92 .442 3 0 3 .000 [11]
4 Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkensdagger 200003 246 113 133 .459 17 8 9 .471 One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[12] [13]
5 O'Neill, KevinKevin O'Neill* 2003–04 82 33 49 .402 [14]
6 Mitchell, SamSam Mitchell* 200408 345 156 189 .451 11 3 8 .273 2006–07 NBA Coach of the Year[5] [15]
7 Triano, JayJay Triano* 200811 229 87 142 .380 [16]
8 Casey, DwaneDwane Casey 2011–present 230 105 125 .457 7 3 4 .429 [17]

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Raptors. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b Each year is linked to an article about that particular NBA season.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Teams". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Grizzlies History". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 4, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Laying the Groundwork for the NBA in Toronto". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Management". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Coach of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Toronto Raptors Coach Register". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 20, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Mitchell Relieved Of Duties, Jay Triano Takes Over On Interim Basis". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 3, 2008. Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Struggling Raptors fire Mitchell just 17 games into season". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. December 4, 2008. Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Brendan Malone Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 20, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Darrell Walker Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 20, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Butch Carter Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 20, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Top 10 Coaches in NBA History". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive. Retrieved April 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Lenny Wilkens Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 20, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Kevin O'Neill Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 20, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Sam Mitchell Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 20, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Jay Triano Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 23, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Dwane Casey Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 21, 2011.