Boston Celtics fans believe that they have the best coach in the NBA on their sidelines, but the Coach of the Year voters seem to strongly disagree with Celtics fans.
Coming off of a season that saw Brad Stevens take the Celtics to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, along with a seven win improvement from last year. C's coach Brad Stevens finished a surprising sixth in this years NBA Coach of the Year voting on Tuesday.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr won the prestigious award despite missing his teams first 43 games of the season with a back injury (Luke Walton filled in for Kerr and had a 39-4 record). Kerr's win is no surprise as Golden State is fresh off of a record-breaking 73-win season. Kerr deserving the award is a debate within itself, he had one of the best players to ever play the game Steph Curry, in addition he had plenty of great supporting stars in Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguedala, among others.
Coaching Golden State his minimal difficult, Kerr is overrated. Brad Stevens on the other hand had no true super star, the closest thing he had was Isaiah Thomas an All-Star in his own right. But the Celtics roster is filled wit role players and Stevens still managed to get the most out of his squad and made them one of the best teams in the conference.
Stevens earned five first-place votes and 74 points, finishing behind San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich (166), Charlotte’s Steve Clifford (98), and Toronto’s Dwane Casey (83) as well in the balloting of 130 broadcasters and journalists.
Stevens not being top 3 in this voting is a disgrace to the NBA, teams with rosters like the Spurs and Golden State are bonafide playoff teams every year without any coaching really needed. The reason why Stevens fell flat in this years voting is that most of the 130 broadcasters and journalists have not watched the Celtics at all this season. Lack of national coverage regarding broadcasts has something to do with it as well.
Stevens is still young and his team is getting better every season, just wait NBA Air Stevens is coming to claim the league as his own.