After guiding the Boston Celtics to an unlikely playoff berth, Brad Stevens finished fourth in NBA Coach of the Year voting after the results were announced on Tuesday.
The second-year head coach received two first-place votes, four second-place votes, and 28 third-place votes to finish with a total of 50 points. Thirty four of a possible 130 voters put Stevens in the top-three on their respective ballots. Los Angeles Clippers TV play-by-play voice Ralph Lawler and ESPN’s Mike Tirico were the two voters that put Stevens at the top of their ballots.
Stevens managed to help the Celtics excel in the final few months of the season, despite the fact the team’s front office that made numerous in-season trades of key players, such as Rajon Rondo and Jeff Green. Even with the constant roster turnover, Boston closed out the season with 24 wins in their final 36 games, propelling the Celtics into the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 40-42 record. That mark was 15-game improvement over Boston’s 25-57 record from last season.
Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer won the award with 513 points and 67 first-place votes. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was a close runner-up with 471 points and 56 first-place votes, while Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd just edged out Stevens for the third-place spot with 57 points.
Coaches earned five points for a first-place vote, three points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote. Fifteen of the 30 coaches in the NBA received at least one third-place vote or better.