Brad Stevens received some well-earned recognition from the NBA today. Boston’s leading man was named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month. The distinction came as no surprise.
Stevens has led the Celtics to the league’s best November record and the NBA’s best overall mark for the year, despite dealing with a number of injuries to key players and an incredible level of roster turnover. Boston’s performance for the month culminated in a 14-2 record and included the end of a league-leading 16-game winning streak that ran from October 20 to November 20.
The Celtics have been particularly good on defense, where Stevens has implemented a new, switch-heavy philosophy based on leveraging the team’s collective length. His ability to do so with a sea change in personnel has been particularly noteworthy.
The Coach of the Month honor was the third of Stevens’s career. His counterpart in the Western Conference was Mike D’Antoni of the Houston Rockets.