Stevens has been the head coach at Butler University for the last six seasons. He has led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament in each season as head coach except for 2012. Stevens even managed to coach his team to back-to-back National Championship games. The Bulldogs finished as runners up in both 2010 and 2011. At only 36 years of age, Stevens is one of the youngest coaches in the NBA.
But do not let his age mislead you to believe that he is not cut out for the job. Before coming to Butler, the Bulldogs had never gone farther than the Sweet Sixteen. Stevens’ coaching definitely pushed the mid-major team from the Atlantic-10 past a plateau to greater performance.
As the Celtics are rebuilding their team, Stevens will be an excellent addition to the organization. Stevens knows how to push young, raw, inexperienced players to play to the best of their abilities and can coach with the elite.
The NBA has become much more focused on young stars — a la LeBron James — in the early 2000s and more recently Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. After trading away aging veterans Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and Paul Pierce, the Celtics’ management will be looking to use the three first-round draft picks they acquired to provide Stevens with new talent to develop into superstars.
If the Celtics can be patient enough to give Stevens the time to rebuild this team, a new era of Celtics domination could be soon upon us. Given a few years, Stevens can turn this dismantled team into a championship contender again. Bravo to the Boston Celtics for such a smart, albeit risky move.