The Boston Celtics quickly filled their head coaching position after losing Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Celtics have hired former Butler University head coach Brad Stevens as their head coach.
This was an unexpected move from Celtics’ brass as there were no rumors that linked Stevens to the Celtics or the other way around. Stevens seemed to be set in with Butler for the long term because he turned down multiple coaching positions from big schools in the NCAA’s ranks and also signed a 12 year extension with the program back in 2010.
Stevens has been highly coveted because of what he’s been able to do with a mid-major school like Butler. He had a 77% winning percentage at Butler throughout six years of coaching there. He’s produced two first round draft picks in Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack.
Stevens is now the youngest head coach in the NBA at the age of 36. Danny Ainge had very bright things to say about Stevens. He said that they have many things in common and gave his work ethic high praise.
The Celtics will need that work ethic this coming season in a rebuilding state.