It was a tough season for the Boston Celtics, and that includes for head coach Doc Rivers. The long-time coach battled to find the right fit for a lot of new pieces that were both underperforming and/or failed to pick up his schemes on both ends of the floor. Naturally, an unfortunate plethora of injuries to Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger, Leandro Barbosa, and Kevin Garnett limited Rivers’ abilities as well.
There was also the incredible challenge of integrating four new average-to-below-average players in the middle of the season, and losing one of the team’s respected veterans (Jason Collins) during the middle of the season. Doc had his highs and lows, but he worked hard as always in a challenging situation.
Rivers helped Boston manage the storm well once Rondo went down and assisted in turning a season around in February with a revamped and simplified offensive scheme, which will hopefully carry over to future seasons. Ultimately, the C’s finished with just above a .500 record, which is probably exactly where they were expected to be, with the limited healthy talent they had to work with this year.
Due to this, Doc Rivers received a 2nd and 3rd place vote for NBA coach of the year voting, and finished 13th overall out of those nominated. Who finished in front and behind him though in the voting?
|George Karl, Den||62||26||16||404|
|Erik Spoelstra, Mia||24||17||19||190|
|Mike Woodson, NY||6||28||13||127|
|Gregg Popovich, SA||11||16||17||120|
|Frank Vogel, Ind||3||11||12||60|
|Lionel Hollins, Mem||6||4||13||55|
|Mark Jackson, GS||3||6||14||47|
|Tom Thibodeau, Chi||2||7||9||40|
|Kevin McHale, Hou||1||3||3||17|
|P.J. Carlesimo, Bkn||1||1||–||8|
|Vinny Del Negro, LAC||1||1||–||8|
|Larry Drew, Atl||1||–||1||6|
|Doc Rivers, Bos||–||1||1||4|
|Scott Brooks, OKC||–||–||3||3|
We’ll have plenty more on Rivers’ season in the coming weeks here at the Hub. He will be evaluated by us and a grade will be given. As we wonder whether Rivers will be back for another full season though, I open it up to you guys. How was Rivers’ coaching effort? Did the pros (developing Sullinger, getting back to postseason without Rondo/slow start, revamped offense) outweight the cons (questionable rotations, bad offense again)?
There are valid cases to be made on both sides of the fence, so I’m curious to hear everyone’s thoughts.