In just six and a half seasons, Brad Stevens is now part of the 300 win club as a head coach of the Boston Celtics.
Not too many people were thrilled in the summer of 2013 when the Boston Celtics hired a young but rather intelligent college head coach to take over for Doc Rivers. But since then, Brad Stevens has risen to the heights as being one of the best coaches in the NBA and has led the Boston Celtics to the playoffs in five out of six seasons.
There has always been speculation of whether Stevens has what it takes to coach in the NBA or if he even really wanted to be an NBA head coach. It took fans a little while to warm up to the ‘Brad Stevens Era’ of the Boston Celtics, but now there isn’t another coach who they’d rather have lead their team to success.
Stevens earned his 300th win as head coach of the Celtics on Friday night in Orlando.
Out of the 17 head coaches throughout the Boston Celtics’ historic franchise, there have only been four other head coaches to reach 300 wins in Boston. Stevens is among some of the greatest head coaches in franchise history.
It wasn’t too surprising to hear the humble head coach of the Celtics deflect the milestone, as Stevens has never really been the one to talk about individual accolades and accomplishments. He understands the meaning of team basketball and knows he couldn’t have earned his 300th win without great players and his surrounding supporting cast of coaches.
It’s worth mentioning that since Stevens became the head coach in 2013, he has increased his total wins in all but one season and in the same year became a finalist for NBA Coach of the Year (2018). His calm and cool coaching style is what sets him apart from most in the NBA.
Stevens knows the formula to win in the NBA. You can see it throughout the course of his career and in his impressively designed plays (specifically off an inbound pass) where he exposes the gaps in the opposing team’s defense.
Considering how smart Stevens is especially with play calling, it’s almost like the Boston Celtics have six players on the court.