Brad Stevens named Celtics coach

In an era saturated with leaky sources and social media, the Boston Celtics dropped a massive in-house surprise on Wednesday night that absolutely nobody saw coming. A week after letting former coach Doc Rivers move off to the Los Angeles Clippers, they’ve hired 36-year old former Butler coach Brad Stevens as just the 13th head coach in the team’s post-Red Auerbach history.

Brad Stevens was lauded throughout his time at Butler for using analytics and adherence to underutilized basketball efficiency metrics to turn his mid-market school into an NCAA power, and he’ll now be tasked with leading the Celtics back to legitimacy as they begin what could be a slow and painful rebuilding plan.

Kelly Dwyer

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Brad Stevens, head coach of the Butler Bulldogs reacts during game action in the second half against the St. Louis Billikens during the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament - Semifinals at the Barclays Center on March 16, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)
Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament - Semifinals - St. Louis v Butler
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Brad Stevens, head coach of the Butler Bulldogs reacts during game action in the second half against the St. Louis Billikens during the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament - Semifinals at the Barclays Center on March 16, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 02: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs protests a call during the game against the Rhode Island Rams at Hinkle Fieldhouse on February 2, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Butler defeated Rhode Island 75-68. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Rhode Island v Butler
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 02: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs protests a call during the game against the Rhode Island Rams at Hinkle Fieldhouse on February 2, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Butler defeated Rhode Island 75-68. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs reacts after a basket is called off and a foul is called against Marquette Golden Eagles in the second half during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena on March 23, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs
Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs reacts after a basket is called off and a foul is called against Marquette Golden Eagles in the second half during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Rupp Arena on March 23, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Butler head coach Brad Stevens questions a call in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Rhode Island in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Clarke, No. 9 Butler beat Rhode Island 75-68
Butler head coach Brad Stevens questions a call in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Rhode Island in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 09: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs congratulates Kameron Woods #31 of the Butler Bulldogs following the game against the Xavier Musketeers at Hinkle Fieldhouse on March 9, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Butler defeated Xavier 67-62. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Xavier v Butler
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 09: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs congratulates Kameron Woods #31 of the Butler Bulldogs following the game against the Xavier Musketeers at Hinkle Fieldhouse on March 9, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Butler defeated Xavier 67-62. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 09: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs congratulates Kameron Woods #31 of the Butler Bulldogs following the game against the Xavier Musketeers at Hinkle Fieldhouse on March 9, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Butler defeated Xavier 67-62. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Xavier v Butler
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 09: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs congratulates Kameron Woods #31 of the Butler Bulldogs following the game against the Xavier Musketeers at Hinkle Fieldhouse on March 9, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Butler defeated Xavier 67-62. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Butler coach Brad Stevens gives his team directions during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Fordham, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in New York. Butler won 68-63. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Clarke has 22 as No. 11 Butler tops Fordham 68-63
Butler coach Brad Stevens gives his team directions during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Fordham, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, in New York. Butler won 68-63. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Butler coach Brad Stevens reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against the George Washington, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Washington. Butler won 59-56. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
No. 14 Butler holds off George Washington 59-56
Butler coach Brad Stevens reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against the George Washington, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, in Washington. Butler won 59-56. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Butler head caoch Brad Stevens reacts in the first half of a third-round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Marquette, Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Blue and Marquette show Butler the door, 74-72
Butler head caoch Brad Stevens reacts in the first half of a third-round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Marquette, Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Brad Stevens
Butler head coach Brad Stevens talks to his players during the first half a second round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Bucknell Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
Smith's double-double leads Butler to 68-56 win
Butler head coach Brad Stevens talks to his players during the first half a second round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Bucknell Thursday, March 21, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 21: Head Coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs watches play against the Bucknell Bison in the first half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rupp Arena on March 21, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Bucknell v Butler
LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 21: Head Coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs watches play against the Bucknell Bison in the first half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rupp Arena on March 21, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 21: Head Coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs reacts to play against the Bucknell Bison in the first half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rupp Arena on March 21, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Bucknell v Butler
LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 21: Head Coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs reacts to play against the Bucknell Bison in the first half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rupp Arena on March 21, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 21: Head Coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs watches play against the Bucknell Bison in the first half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rupp Arena on March 21, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Bucknell v Butler
LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 21: Head Coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs watches play against the Bucknell Bison in the first half during the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Rupp Arena on March 21, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Butler head coach Brad Stevens aplaudes his team during practice for the second round of the NCAA college basketball tournament Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. Butler play Bucknell on Thursday. (AP PhotoJames Crisp)
Bucknell-Butler Preview
Butler head coach Brad Stevens aplaudes his team during practice for the second round of the NCAA college basketball tournament Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Lexington, Ky. Butler play Bucknell on Thursday. (AP PhotoJames Crisp)

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