1. Nick Nurse
For a coach that has written multiple books on shooting and has been trusted so much by this front office that the team continues to draft raw offensive players for him to develop, Nurse’s teams in the last few years have been plagued by an alarming lack of shooting and offensive quality.
Despite the fact the Raptors are currently fourth in isolation frequency, all but one player is averaging below 0.77 points per possession. Pascal Siakam is the only player (1.05 PPP) bucking that trend. When issues are that widespread, coaching needs to be held at fault.
Nick Nurse needs to fix the Toronto Raptors’ offense.
VanVleet and trade chip Gary Trent Jr. can both stroke it from deep, but they are mired in slumps. O.G. Anunoby’s shooting has fallen off a cliff. Despite injuries, Otto Porter Jr. has seen his shooting percentage decline from his Golden State days. When so many shooters are struggling at once, that goes back to coaching.
While the Raptors may have gotten a little high on their own supply with regard to the prevalence of switchable wings on the roster, Nurse is presiding over a roster that is struggling to play consistently and leaning entirely too hard on Siakam. Nurse needs to cook something big up in the next few weeks if Toronto wants to make the playoffs.