BRAD STEVENS, COACH OF THE YEAR
Many believed Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens should have been a lock for the 2017-18 Coach of the Year award. That’s not to knock Dwane Casey, who wound up taking it home, but what Stevens did – win 55 games, finish second in the East – without his two best players was almost unfathomable. And yet Casey, who, granted, did help guide the Toronto Raptors to their best regular season in team history before sputtering yet again in the playoffs, ended up being the choice anyway. Matters not, as the Celtics project to be absolutely stacked next season. And with Stevens, one of the brightest minds in the sport, leading them, it would be downright shocking to see anyone but Boston’s head guy take home the next Coach of the Year trophy.