UHM’s 2016-17 NBA Regular Season Award Predictions
NBA Coach of the Year Award (COY)
Coach Brad Stevens – Boston Celtics
My pick for Coach of the Year this year belongs to the Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. The Boston Celtics (my favorite team contrary to popular belief), made a few nice low key offseason moves; in fact they made enough moves to possibly propel them to a higher seed in the Eastern Conference this year with the additions of All-Star Center Al Horford, wingman role player Gerald Green (sleeper) and drafting California stud Jaylen Brown with the 3rd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. With these acquisitions, I expect Brad Stevens (who has shown to be an exceptional coach since the departure of Doc Rivers), to receive a lot of Coach of the Year love. The Celtics may not have that “Superstar” that other teams have the luxury of having, but, Coach Stevens has shown over the years that he’s be able to maximize the talent on the roster to it’s full potential and I expect nothing less this year; Brad Stevens is my pick for Coach of the Year.
2016-17 Projected Record: – 51-31 (3rd Overall in the Eastern Conference)
2nd Option – Coach Tom Thibodeau (Minnesota Timberwolves): Coach Thibs has a history of making an impact right away with his hard coaching style (check his previous Chicago Bulls track record; he was also the Defensive Assistant Coach on the 2008 Boston Celtics Championship team too), and with the surplus of young talent the Minnesota Timberwolves have, their jump into the ranks of “The NBA’s youngest juggernaut team” the way Golden State and Oklahoma City recently became will not be far behind.
Dark Horse Candidate – Coach Frank Vogel (Orlando Magic): Coach Vogel is my Dark Horse candidate in this race. This year will be his first year in Orlando and with his previous stint in Indiana he’s shown he knows how to win and build a winning culture. The Orlando Magic added some veteran talent to their young core so don’t be surprised to see them exceed expectations right away.