- The Detroit Pistons have extended head coach Dwane Casey up to the 2023-24 NBA season.
- Casey had a record of 61-87 in his first two seasons with the Pistons.
- Detroit is 20-50 this year and have the second worst record in the NBA.
At a time when the best NBA betting sites are putting up NBA Specials odds on which coaches are possibly getting fired after the season, Dwane Casey’s job is safe. At least for now.
Casey was given a one-year extension by the Detroit Pistons with still two years left on his original five-year deal. That means Casey will be staying on board until the 2023-24 season.
Said Pistons owner Tom Gores in a statement on Wednesday:
On the Hot Seat
Five coaches who reportedly might get fired soon😨:
• Terry Stotts (Portland TrailBlazers)
• Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee Bucks)
• Nate Bjorkgren (Indiana Pacers)
• Luke Walton (Sacramento Kings)
• Scott Brooks (Washington Wizards) pic.twitter.com/FTdNKRKUPJ
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 5, 2021
According to online sportsbook SportsBetting.ag, there are six coaches who could be on the hot seat when the season is over.
Indiana’s Nate Brjorkgren ( -175) and Portland’s Terry Stotts (-300) are favored not to return to their teams next season. Meanwhile, Sacramento’s Luke Walton (-175 ), Washington’s Scott Brooks (-175), and even Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer (-200) are favored to be back next year. Boston’s Brad Stevens has even joined the list with the Celtics headed to the Play-in Tournament. Stevens however is a solid -500 to be Boston’s head coach next season.
Conspicuously absent from the list is Casey, who despite leading Detroit to the playoffs in his first year, is was a combined 61-87 in his first two seasons as Pistons head coach and is 20-50 this year with the worst record in the Eastern Conference and the second-worst record overall in the league.
Placing Their Faith in Casey
— FortyEightMinutes (@FortyEightMins) May 13, 2021
Pistons team owner Gores has high regard for Casey whom he personally hired three years ago. Casey was Coach of the Year in 2017 and led the Toronto Raptors to two trips to the Conference semifinals and one run in the Conference Finals. But after he was unable to get the Raptors past LeBron James, he got the pink slip and Gores immediately signed him.
Casey’s first season with the team was impressive. He took a team led by Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, and Reggie Jackson to the playoffs with a 41-41 record. They got swept in round 1 but that was only their second playoff appearance in 11 seasons. Not a single player on that playoff roster is with the current team. The Pistons have overhauled their roster and have undertaken a full rebuild. Last year was bad. This year looks promising.
The Pistons landed Jerami Grant in a sign-and-trade with the Nuggets. Grant has shown that he can be the main guy on the team. Then Detroit has promising rookies in Kilian Hayes, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart, and veterans Josh Jackson and Frank Jackson have shown development. To add to these, the Pistons will get a high first round pick in the next draft. With their potential, the Pistons believe Casey is the man to steer the team back to prominence. We’ll have to wait and see if the faith pays off.