Brad Stevens To Celtics; Does Texas Wait?

Mar 23, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Butler Bulldogs head coach Brad Stevens reacts in the first half against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

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Brad Stevens is now the head coach of the Boston Celtics. The Texas Longhorns basketball program is in flux and many Texas fans have been clamoring for change in the men’s basketball. But is Brad Stevens really off the market?

In an article written by CBS Sports today, the success rate of college coaches in the NBA is not great. Here is the list from the article of the coaches’ results in the NBA:

Here’s the roster of men who have gone straight from college head coaches to NBA head coaches since the 1993-94 season (* denotes first head NBA job):

  • Lon Kruger* (Illinois to Atlanta Hawks): 69-122 from 2000-03, no playoffs
  • Rick Pitino (Kentucky to Boston Celtics) 102-146 from 1997-2001, no playoffs
  • John Calipari* (UMass to New Jersey Nets): 72-112 from 1996-99, 0-3 in playoffs
  • Tim Floyd* (Iowa State to Chicago Bulls): 49-190 from 1998-2002, no playoffs
  • Mike Montgomery* (Stanford to Golden State Warriors): 68-96 from 2004-06, no playoffs
  • P.J. Carlesimo* (Seton Hall to Portland Trail Blazers): 136-109 from 1994-97, 3-9 in playoffs
  • Reggie Theus* (New Mexico State to Sacramento Kings): 44-62 from 2007-09, no playoffs
  • Leonard Hamilton* (Miami Hurricanes to Washington Wizards): 19-63 in 2000-01, no playoffs

The article does mention Rick Pitino, who was the coach of the New York Knicks before going to Kentucky and why he left:

I should note with Pitino that his first NBA job, with the Knicks in the late 1980s, led to a 90-74 record over two seasons, with two playoff appearances. That tenure ended when the lure of Kentucky pulled him away from Manhattan.

So will the lure of the Texas job be enough to lure Brad Stevens? I think it might under the right conditions it could. I don’t think Texas can wait for Brad Stevens to fail at Boston. They need to offer him lots of money and control over the program to lure him back to college. Texas basketball can be a power with the right coach and Brad Stevens is the right coach. Texas shouldn’t wait for Brad Stevens, they need to throw the bank at Brad Stevens.

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