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The Raptors need to improve their defensive efficiency.
Ironically, Dwane Casey was brought in to do just that, but he hasn’t seen much success.
The Raptors dropped from 14th to 22nd in the league in defensive efficiency this season.
The Raptors are outdone by their opponents in terms of rebounds, albeit just barely. They grab 10.6 offensive rebounds per game, while their opponents get 10.7, and they total 29.6 defensive rebounds, while their opponents grab 31.0 per game. This brings the Raptors to a minus-1.5 rebounds per game differential.
A new coach needs to figure out what obstacles are holding the Raptors back from more successful defensive play.
He also needs to be able to work with young stars like center Jonas Valanciunas to reach their potential as rebounders and defenders.