Friday, December 6, 2013
Insider: Stevens among top new coaches
ESPN Insider crunched the numbers and just three of the 13 new coaches in the NBA this season have outperformed their teams' preseason win projections through the first quarter of the season. All three are first-time coaches and two of them -- Boston's Brad Stevens and Denver's Brian Shaw -- will meet on Friday night.
Phoenix's Jeff Hornacek tops the list, but Stevens is second (Boston was expected to have 4.6 wins to this point, it's Pythagorean wins is actually 7.8). Here's a snippet from Insider's breakdown: "Stevens is known for his defensive acumen and affinity for analytics, and his squad ranks ninth in defensive efficiency, down just two spots from 2012-13. The Celtics protect the 3-point line better than any other team in the NBA, a tendency that will play especially well when Danny Ainge eventually gets Stevens a quality rim protector."
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