In Brad Stevens, the Boston Celtics have a wild card. He is far less of a sure-thing than former head coach Doc Rivers, but is overall a better choice right now.
When Celtics president Danny Ainge released news of the hire this past Independence Day, it turned a lot of heads.
Many had to put down their hot dogs, climb out of the pool or pause Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum's world-saving mission to find out if Brad Stevens was indeed that young-looking guy who took a school they'd never heard of to two NCAA championship games.
At first, it was equally surprising when news officially broke that Doc Rivers was the new Los Angeles Clippers head coach. However, that saga went on for some time before a move was finally made.
Now, Boston has a new leader for the first time since 2004. The team may not be successful next season, but Stevens will be judged on so much more than that in year one.