Sunday, June 23, 2013
By the numbers: Doc and Celtics
By ESPN Stats & Information
With Doc Rivers heading to the West Coast after nine seasons on the Boston bench, much of this space will be dedicated to where the team goes next in the Great Rebuild. Tonight, though, let’s pause and look back at Rivers’ tenure in Boston:
* He compiled 416 wins over nine seasons with the Celtics, third most in franchise history behind the legendary Red Auerbach and Tom Heinsohn. He guided Boston to the NBA Finals twice during his tenure, winning the 2008 title over the Lakers, which gave the Celtics their first championship since 1986.
* Rivers' success as the Celtics' head coach can be defined by the team's "Big Three," which came together in the offseason following the 2006-07 season. The acquisition of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett led to a personal Big Three for Rivers -- as in, the middle three seasons of his nine-season Celtics tenure. If you remove the middle three seasons of his Celtics career, he was one game over .500.
* Since 2007-08, when Garnett, Allen and Pierce came together in Boston with Rajon Rondo, Rivers’ teams have been 10th or better every season in points per play offensively. With Rondo missing 44 games this season, the Celtics still managed to rank 12th in the NBA with 0.94 points per play.