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New Assistant Coach Gleeson Bringing International Perspective to Offence

While many teams zig, the Toronto Raptors zag.

Over the years, the Raptors have been lauded for being one of the more advanced and forward thinking organizations in the NBA under Masai Ujiri’s watch. Be it on the player development side in the G League or on the main roster, the Raptors continue to keep things fresh and innovative.

The Raptors coaching staff underwent some reshuffling this offseason and brought in new assistant coach Trevor Gleeson, who previously won five National Basketball League championships and has become known for the intricate details that goes into his flex offense.

The flex offense is by no means anything new and has been around the game for decades, but it is the way Gleeson has advanced the style that made him incredibly appealing to numerous NBA franchises, and of course, the Raptors. Gleeson first began leaning on the offense as the head coach of the Argentinian national team in the early 2000’s and has since revolutionized it on the world stage.

“I wanted to get my best players the ball in their hands at the right spot and play unselfish basketball, to have a counter if that got taken and it really developed out of that,” said Gleeson, who is entering his first season with the Raptors after spending the previous eight coaching the Perth Wildcats. “Being successful, a lot of teams threw a lot of different looks at it and we figure out a way how to manipulate it to get some good looks.”

“It’s dictated on playing unselfish basketball, finding the open man, and working as a team to find the best shot.”

In a year that will surely have some growing pains, it will be interesting to see how the Raptors’ offense will evolve under Gleeson.


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