The NBA announced finalists for this season’s annual award show on Wednesday. Brad Stevens was named a finalist for Coach of the Year, and Jayson Tatum was named a finalist for Rookie of the Year.
Tatum is joined by Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell for an award that highlights a historic rookie class. All three made it to the second round of the playoffs, while Tatum was the only one to make it to the conference finals.
This year’s third overall pick averaged just under 14 points per game while finishing eighth in the NBA in three point percentage. Tatum stepped up in a big way after Gordon Hayward went down for the year on opening night, and has continued to lead the Celtics in scoring during the postseason without Kyrie Irving as well.
Brad Stevens’ resume sort of speaks for itself. 55 wins for the Celtics marks the fifth straight season for Boston in which it increased its win total from the previous season. Stevens has had to fight through season-ending injuries to his two best players while also dealing with prolonged absences during the regular season from Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown.
Quin Snyder and Dwane Casey led their teams to the second round of the playoffs, but were both eliminated in quick fashion. Casey offers some intrigue since he was recently fired by the Raptors after a 59-win season.
The NBA Awards show is scheduled for June 25th where we will find out if the Celtics will be represented in the leagues annual honors.