In handicapping the potential candidates to replace Mike Krzyzewski when he hangs up his whistle at Duke, ESPN's Jeff Goodman puts Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens in the mix should he hit unexpected turbulence during his time in Green:
If Duke goes outside of the “family,” look for Stevens to be at the top of the list. No one on this list has accomplished more, and it’s not even close. Sure, Boy Wonder has been in Boston for only one year, but who knows what can happen in the NBA? Let’s say, for argument’s sake, he doesn’t get it done in the next few years with the Celtics. Krzyzewski has a ton of respect for Stevens and could try to persuade him to take over if Stevens isn’t winning enough in the league. Odds: 6-1
The Celtics inked Stevens to a six-year contract last summer after the departure of Doc Rivers. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has joked he'd like to sign Stevens to an extension, even after he navigated a 57-loss rookie campaign.
Stevens compiled a 166-49 record during six years as head coach at Butler and led the Bulldogs to consecutive national title games.