Former College basketball coach at Butler, Brad Stevens is now at the height of his career with the Boston Celtics.
Brad Stevens was a great candidate for coach of the year, but lost it to Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.
He led the Celtics to a 40-42 record, good enough for the Eastern Conference 7th seed. They lost in the first round in four games to the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by arch-nemesis, LeBron James.
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Last year was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Celtics but they exceeded all pre-season expectations, and reached the playoffs after just a one-year absence.
After trading fan favorites Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets prior to the 2013 season, they hired Brad Stevens. That was possibly the best thing the Celtics could have done.
Stevens has arguably the best basketball IQ in the NBA today. He knows how to make the most out of what he has, playing each player to their strengths and nothing more.
He'll never ask anyone to carry the load of the team, like Pierce used to have too. He knows how to distribute his players minute equally so nobody will be tired down the stretch of a close game.
Besides all those qualities, Stevens has one quality not many young coaches possess, the ability to coach under pressure.
April 4th against the Toronto Raptors on the road, in overtime with 2.6 seconds left, Stevens drew up one of the most un-believable plays of the season.
Evan Turner inbounded the ball side out, meanwhile Isaiah Thomas was all the way in the backcourt. Thomas runs up court as Kelly Olynk sets a screen on Thomas' man on the way by, getting Thomas free. Thomas gets to the basket and misses the layup, but Marcus Smart is right there to lay it in before the buzzer, giving the Celtics a 117-116 win.
Stevens is still yet to earn his first postseason win but there's no doubt it will come sooner rather than later.