By Christopher Frangolini
Boston Celtics third-year coach Brad Stevens finished sixth in the NBA’s coach of the year voting, the league announced on Tuesday.
Stevens on COY voting: “Just to be 1 of 30 coaches in this league is an honor. It’s not about trying to compare yourself to everybody else.”
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 26, 2016
Stevens received five first-place votes, 10 second-place votes and 19 third-place votes from a panel of media members.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr won the award after leading the team to an NBA regular season record 73-9. Portland’s Terry Stotts finished second and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich finished third, respectively.
Kerr, who missed 43 games due to two back surgeries and complications, returned January 22. Under interim coach Luke Walton the Warriors began 24-0, and finished with 39-4 record. The NBA ruled however, that the wins be credited to Kerr.
“The NBA clarified today the league’s rules regarding coaching records: the head coach of record is credited with team wins and losses. Steve Kerr remains the head coach of record for the Golden State Warriors and is credited with those results. Additionally, any team head coach, interim head coach or acting head coach is eligible to be recognized with league coaching awards. Therefore, Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton is eligible for NBA Coach of the Month.”
Walton did win October/November Western Conference coach of the month.
How did other Celtics players finish in award voting?
Avery Bradley finished sixth in Defensive Player of the year voting. Jae Crowder finished 14th.
Bradley set career highs with 15.2 points per game and 1.5 steals. Crowder virtually set career highs in almost every category. He averaged 14.2 points per game, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and .5 blocks while shooting .443% from the field.
Evan Turner finished fifth in the Sixth Man Award. Turner played in 81 games (12 starts) and proved reliable off the bench with 10.5 points per game.
Jae Crowder (sixth) and Isaiah Thomas (eight) were among the top-10 voted for Most Improved Players.
Thomas averaged a career-best 22.2 points during the season.