Celtics’ Brad Stevens to consider ‘fear factor’ when voting for All-Star reserves
With the NBA All-Star game on the horizon, coaches around the league are preparing to put forth their choices for All-Star reserves. For Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, he will apparently make his decisions based on “fear factor:”
Brad Stevens said when he votes for All-Star teams, his tiebreaker is his fear factor when coaching against a player. He said he takes the voting seriously. He asks the assistants for their opinions.
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 13, 2020
Indeed, there are many reasons in which to vote for a player in the All-Star game. And fear is certainly a good one – especially if you’re an opposing coach.
According to the most recent fan voting, some of the best players in the league are getting snubbed due to the fickle nature of popular opinion. For example, the constant coverage of Alex Caruso has led to the Lakers’ backup guard ranking sixth in Western Conference voting among guards.
In the East, many of Stevens’s players are in the running for All-Star berths simply based on fan voting alone. That includes the likes of the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker and Gordon Hayward. Perhaps the most surprising inclusion on Stevens’ team is Tacko Fall. The immense center who is currently signed to a two-way contract with the Celtics.
For Stevens, there are surely many Eastern Conference players that scare him. The conference is littered with terrific players, many of which the C’s will likely face off against in the playoffs. That includes the team’s mortal enemies in the Philadelphia 76ers as well as frequent postseason foe the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks currently boast the leading vote-getter in the Eastern Conference in Giannis Antetokounmpo.