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Class is in session: NBA coaches are copying Brad Stevens' playbook

JOHANNESBURG, SA - JULY 31: Assistant Coach Brad Stevens of Team World smiles during practice for the NBA Africa Game 2015 as part of Basketball Without Borders on July 31, 2015 at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

JOHANNESBURG, SA - JULY 31: Assistant Coach Brad Stevens of Team World smiles during practice for the NBA Africa Game 2015 as part of Basketball Without Borders on July 31, 2015 at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Brad Stevens may be the smartest basketball mind on the planet. Joe Murphy Getty

Brad Stevens might be the smartest human being on the planet. It just so happens that he also loves basketball, and decided to coach in the NBA. The Boston Celtics are more than appreciative. Joining them are Stevens' colleagues, who, according to one scout, copied some of his plays last season:

I've been in the league a long time, and I've watched a lot of college coaches come in. Maybe 90% of them don't make it. Brad Stevens made the smoothest adjustment I've seen. In the last two or three minutes, they won more games than anybody in the league. I know there are coaches in this league that copy his ATOs [after timeout plays] and end-of-game plays."

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This is amazing. The Celtics didn't even have a top-10 offense last year, but that lackluster execution can be attributed to their below-average talent more than anything else.

Stevens is a miracle worker, and when Boston finally gives him some real players (which he may have this season), the whole league will be in serious trouble.