Brad Stevens has been described as the NBA’s golden boy and the reason is not farfetched. The Indiana native is not just one of the best, but also one of the youngest coaches in the league. He has led the Boston Celtics to consistent NBA playoffs appearances since taking over in 2013. He has also taken them to the Eastern Conference finals and has received several coaching awards. So, what has Brad Stevens got to show for his exploits? What is his net worth and salary? Is he among the highest-paid coaches in the NBA? Read on and get all the answers below.
What is Brad Stevens’ Net Worth?
High-flying sports stars often earn juicy endorsement deals from several companies. These deals run into millions of dollars, and the players are able to build up a significant fortune from a combination of these sponsorship deals as well as their contract salaries. It is, however, a different ballgame for the coaches as they rarely earn sponsorship deals no matter how excellent they are. They therefore primarily rely on their contract to build their net worth. Brad Stevens’ net worth is estimated at $6 million and he accumulated this from earnings from his coaching career.
Earnings from Butler University
Prior to dazzling the NBA, Stevens made a name for himself in the collegiate division. Born on the 22nd of October 1976 in Zionsville, Indiana, Stevens fell in love with basketball when he was just a child. He ended up playing basketball all throughout high school and college; setting several records and garnering many individual accolades. Despite all these achievements, Stevens realised early on that he was not really that excellent at basketball. He, therefore, decided to go the coaching route and joined Butler University as a paid volunteer in 2000. He spent just one year in that role before being promoted to a full-time assistant coach. This particular gig lasted for five years and in 2007, Stevens emerged as the head coach of Butler.
The Indiana native spent six years as Butler’s head coach, during which he led the underdog team to several impressive achievements. The team compiled a 166-49 record as they accumulated four league regular seasons championships, three league tournament titles and six postseason appearances. Stevens became the third-youngest division 1 coach to guide his team to 30 wins and received two Horizon League coach of the year awards. While starting out at Butler, Brad Stevens made $395,000 as salary. The sum however increased with each year and by the time of his departure, he was making as much as $1 million. Stevens could have even made more as different schools offered him from $2.5 million to $3 million to tempt him away from Butler.
NBA Career earnings
Brad Stevens was appointed head coach of the Boston Celtics in July 2013. Since then, he has gone on to prove that his exploits in the collegiate division are no fluke. The Celtics have consistently made it to the NBA playoffs since he took over. They also won the divisional championship in 2015 and berthed in the Eastern Conference finals twice (2017 and 2018).
Stevens has so far received several individual honours including head coach of the NBA all-star game in 2017. He has also been praised for his coaching style. The Indiana native emphasizes teamwork and maintains an admirable calmness even in the most emotional and intense games. Stevens signed a six-year contract of $22 million when he joined the Celtics in 2013. The contract has further boosted his net worth, and there is no doubt that the coach would receive a much-improved deal when his current deal expires.
Brad Stevens’ Salary
Brad Stevens’ net worth has been boosted by his annual basic salary of $3.6 million. This amount places the Indiana native in the middle of the rung in comparison with other NBA coaches. The highest-paid coach in the NBA is San Antonio Spurs gaffer, Gregg Popovich, and he earns $11 million per annum.
Other highly-paid coaches are Doc Rivers (L.A. Clippers) – $10 million, Tom Thibodeaux (Minnesota Timberwolves) – $10 million, Rick Carlisle (Dallas Maverick) – $7 million, Stan Van Gundy (Detroit Pistons) – $7 million, Scott Brooks (Washington Wizards) – $7 million, Jason Kidd (Milwaukee Bucks) – $6 million, and Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors) – $6 million.
At the other end of the divide, the lowest-paid coaches in the NBA are Brett Brown (Philadelphia 76ers) – $2 million per annum, Steve Clifford (Charlotte Hornets) – $2 million, Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta Hawks) – $2 million, Kenny Atkinson (Brooklyn Nets) – $2.5 million, David Fizdale (New York Knicks) – $2.5 million, Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) – $3 million, and Tyronn Lue (Cleveland Cavaliers) – $3 million.