Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by ArtVandelay, May 9, 2018.
That's my point. Stevens has been amazing in the playoffs.
Didn't the dude get one vote? And, if you think about it, after losing Paul, Beverley going down with an injury, trading Griffin to do a rebuild, etc., they actually played very hard and were competitive well after the Griffin trade. I could easily see one of his colleagues casting a single vote for him.
How is he "not the coach he once was?" Because Duncan retired, Kawhi and Parker got hurt, and Manu got old? He continually reinvents that team. They became a pace-and-space team for a couple of years and nearly won two titles, then they rebuilt the team to a slower pace around Leonard, then they rebuilt it around Aldridge in the post this year (because they literally had no other offensive threat). Popovich continually identifies and develops players and teaches them how to be effective on both ends of the court. He's also lost a ton of important guys in that organization over the years (Mike Brown, Budenholzer, Presti). What he doesn't have is multiple All Star players in their primes. That's the only difference.
Stevens is terrific. He was way ahead of the curve for a young guy at Butler, incorporating advanced statistics before most NBA coaches had. He has done a remarkable job of finding and developing kids in his own right. But the East is still certifiable pig slop and he couldn't figure out how to incorporate Irving into the offense during the bulk of their first year with him, which is why their offensive rating dipped appreciably.
Well dayum. That was a straight up wuppin'.