Buy or Sell Brad Stevens as Celtics new coach?

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He may look like he’s 12 years old, but Brad Stevens is one of the coolest, smartest basketball coaches ever. Is this a bold statement? Of course it is. Before you start calling me names, consider Stevens’ resume.

When he took the reigns as head coach at Butler University, Stevens won 117 games in his first four years, the most in NCAA history. That’s an unfathomable 29 wins per year.

Far more impressive is the consecutive national championship game appearances Stevens and his Bulldogs made, playing out of the Horizon League. Yes, you read right, Horizon League.

Now, the 37-year-old Stevens is making a monumental leap to the big chair as head coach of the NBA’s Boston Celtics.

Buy or Sell Stevens in Boston?

While other successful college coaches have failed to make the transition to the NBA, I’m buying Brad Stevens in Boston. Since I follow Cleveland State, which plays in the Horizon League, I’ve seen Butler and Stevens up close many times, and I have marveled at how unflappable this guy is.

He may not be able to grow a beard on that Opie Taylor face, but Brad Stevens knows how to win, and he understands how to win with less-than-spectacular players. As a tactician, Stevens is unrivaled.

The Celtics may not make the playoffs in Stevens’ first season, but it won’t be long before the people in Beantown love their new coach as much as the Butler faithful did.

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