Credit for the seemingly improbable 33-26 record of the Toronto Raptors falls mainly on the players, but head coach Dwane Casey deserves just as big a pat on the back as anyone for the way they've performed this season.
There have been eight head coaches in franchise history, dating all the way back to 1995. Only one (Sam Mitchell) has been part of more than 300 games. The position has been a revolving door for men who have attempted to right the ship and create a winning atmosphere for players and fans alike.
Since joining the Raptors in 2011, Casey has accumulated a record of 90-117, which comes out to a winning percentage of just .434. There were certainly some growing pains when he first took the job, but in 2013-14, there has at least been some semblance of consistency.
With a 3.5 game lead over the Brooklyn Nets (29-29) for the top spot in the Atlantic Division, the Raptors are well on their way to qualifying for the postseason for the first time since 2007-08. Whether they'd be able to reach that level of success with someone else at the helm remains to be seen.
A basketball team is only as good as the man or woman standing on the sidelines calling the plays. There are several intangibles that make a great coach, which include the ability to motivate, work a rotation effectively and organize a game plan.
For the most part, Casey thrives in all of those areas. It's not always pretty, but it works.
All statistics are accurate as of March 4, 2014 and are courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com unless indicated otherwise.