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NBA Awards: 2015 Coach of the Year

By Lee Golden
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Apr 3, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens watches from the sideline as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks in the second half at TD Garden. The Bucks defeated the Celtics 110 to 101. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Fourth in votes (even ahead of the great Gregg Popovich and Tom Thibodeau) lands Brad Stevens. Stevens compiled a pair of first place votes in result to a year where most thought the Celtics would be watching the playoffs instead of playing in it. Especially, after losing their franchise point guard Rajon Rondo and starting wingman Jeff Green. The C’s improved their record by 15 wins behind the second youngest coach in the association.

Brad Stevens on finishing in front of Gregg Popovich for Coach of the Year: "That's bad voting."

— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) April 21, 2015

GM Danny Ainge and the rest of the pro-tank front office big wigs delivered all the necessities for Stevens and company to land a lottery pick. Instead, he battled through the trenches and returned with a playoff birth. The Celtics are basically a team of average Joes (some not so average) that somehow squeezed at least an extra four games into their season. If Stevens acquires some talent (God-forbid an All-Star), then I don’t see why he can’t win next year.

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