The Boston Celtics have just made maybe the most surprising move of any this offseason thus far. What a wild thought considering all of the moves that have gone down, such as the trade of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets or Anthony Bennett being chosen first overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Far greater was the move made on Wednesday by the organization as they hired now-former Butler Bulldogs head coach, Brad Stevens. The coach had a very successful tenure with the Bulldogs, leading them to five NCAA Tournament appearances in six seasons as well as two national runner-up distinctions.
Yes, he took a team from a lesser-known conference and put them on the map in impressive fashion. Oh, and not to mention, Stevens is just 36 years old.
This would make him the youngest coach in the NBA and put him in line to fill in for the vacancy left by Doc Rivers when he left for the Los Angeles Clippers‘ job.
Just how good is this hire?
Well, although all of his success and experience came from coaching in college — and not necessarily a big-time program — the young coach is one of the best motivators out there. His players love to play for him and it showed as he took Butler to back-t0-back NCAA title games in 2010 and 2011.
If anyone is going to come in and eventually revive this franchise that was just torn apart with multiple trades and maybe another involving star point guard Rajon Rondo on the way, it’s going to be Stevens.
All-in-all this was one of the great hires in the past couple of seasons with the most upside. He will garner the attention and respect of his players and, therefore, turn this franchise back into a winning one very soon.
Great hire, Boston.