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NBA general managers rank Brad Stevens as best coach in the league

Alex Reimer
October 03, 2018 - 11:08 am

The Celtics have received further affirmation about their newfound status as NBA favorites.

In the annual NBA GM survey, Brad Stevens was voted as the best head coach in the league with 47 percent of the vote. He’s the first coach besides Gregg Popovich to win the honor in seven years (for those wondering, Pop finished second). The accolade speaks to the tremendous success Stevens has enjoyed over his first five years in Boston, where he’s coached the Celtics to four playoff appearances and back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals trips. The C’s have improved in the postseason each year, taking the Cavaliers to seven games last season. In case you forgot, they accomplished that without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.

Stevens appears to be making a concerted effort to not allow the hype surrounding this season to get to his players’ heads, however. On Tuesday, he ripped his club after a preseason loss to the Cavaliers, lambasting their defensive effort.

While the Warriors are the overwhelming favorite among general managers to capture their third straight championship, seven percent of participants picked the Celtics to supplant them. Kyrie Irving said recently he thinks Boston can defeat Golden State in the NBA Finals this spring. 

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