From the moment the Boston Celtics hired new coach Brad Stevens, I have heard about his affinity for applying mathematics and advanced statistics in his coaching. He’s a meticulous, calculating coach who seems to plan 20 steps ahead.
Such descriptions are a divergence from the previous coaching regime of Doc Rivers and will provide a fresh start for the Celtics. Steven’s methods, while not traditional or “old-fashioned”, are effective; he’s not a just a basketball”nerd”, he’s a basketball teacher as well.
Stevens never recruited the best players at Butler, but every adjustment and every observation he made went towards making a small mid-major in Indiana a basketball powerhouse in late March. Rick Pitino isn’t walking through that door, and that’s a good thing for Stevens, who will be trying to succeed in a league seemingly designed for a college coach’s failure.
The hiring underscores Boston’s dedication to analytics, which has recently revolutionized the way basketball is played, coached, and analyzed. Statistics are now more valuable and more advanced than ever and most team have integrated analytics into their organization in one way or another.
The Celtics also marks quite possibly a changing of the guard for college coaches in the NBA, something that has never quite worked out. Whatever the challenges Stevens faces,one thing is for sure: coaching the Boston Celtics won’t be like coaching the Butler Bulldogs. Read more »