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Toronto Raptors promote data analyst Brittni Donaldson to coaching staff

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A busy summer continues for Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors.

Days after it was announced that Nurse would be adding Fab Flournoy as a player development assistant, Stadium has reported that Brittni Donaldson is expected to be promoted to a coaching position on Nurse's staff.

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As outlined within the tweet, there are currently nine female assistants in the NBA, including Spurs assistant Becky Hammon, Clippers assistant Natalie Nakase and newly-hired assistants Lindsay Gottlieb (Cleveland Cavaliers), Niele Ivey (Memphis Grizzlies) and Kara Lawson (Boston Celtics).

Donaldson, who was hired by Masai Ujiri in the 2017 offseason, has spent the past two seasons working as a data analyst for the organization. Like Nurse, she is a native of Iowa and played collegiately at the University of Northern Iowa, where she played from 2011-15.

Despite the obvious parallels, Donaldson called her connections with Nurse 'coincidental' in an interview with the Sioux City Journal following the Raptors title, adding that she "didn't know Nick before I got to the Raptors."

The interview also saw Donaldson outline her responsibilities during her two seasons as a data analyst, as she added that "my role is to help the coaching staff make better decisions with the data we have available.

"It's been really fun. I help out with scouting reports, player evaluations and roster construction," the Iowa native added that "I've also had opportunities to be on court a little bit to help out with player development."

As a member of the coaching staff, Donaldson will likely see her time on the court developing players increase while she continues to contribute to the team in other areas as well.

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