Brad Stevens and the other college coaches who made the jump to the NBA

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NBA teams rarely hire college coaches, even good ones, because it requires a different sort of player management not only are these employees rather than bright-eyed students of the game, but they're wealthy grown men with egos. And remember: Stevens is coming from Butler, not from a mass producer of NBA draft picks that recruits McDonald's All-Americans whose temperaments have been stroked during years in the AAU circuit. That said, Stevens' resume of winning arguably trumps all the recent cases of college coaches jumping to the pros. Unlike the majority of the coaches listed below, Stevens enters the NBA game after proving himself early on, and at a young age, in the college ranks. Stevens was named head coach of the Bulldogs prior to the 2007 season, after beginning his career as a volunteer in the basketball office and eventually becoming a full-time assistant under Thad Matta and later Todd Lickliter. Stevens began his head coaching career as the second-youngest at the NCAA level, leading many to have low expectations for the upstart.





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"I hope you drive them crazy with your slam-dunks ... All of Greece is so excited for you." PHOTOS: 2013 NBA DRAFT FIRST-ROUND SELECTIONS The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked all the experts when they drafted Anthony Bennett out of UNLV first overall in the 2013 NBA Draft. Josh Holmberg, USA TODAY Sports Victor Oladipo, considered the best perimeter defender in the draft, was selected second by the Orlando Magic. Mike Carter, USA TODAY Sports Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. won't have to make much of a move after the Washington Wizards selected the Hoya third overall. Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports USA TODAY Sports Cody Zeller, along with teammate Victor Oladipo, made history by being the highest pair of picks ever for Indiana after the Charlotte Bobcats drafted him fourth overall. Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports USA TODAY Sports The Phoenix Suns selected Maryland's Alex Len with the fifth pick of the NBA draft. Mitch Stringer, USA TODAY Sports After being widely considered the top pick coming into the draft, Kentucky's Nerlens Noel slipped all the way to the New Orleans Pelicans at the sixth spot and then was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. Joe Camporeale, USA TODAY Sports Kansas' Ben McLemore went seventh overall to the Sacramento Kings. Peter G. Aiken, USA TODAY Sports The Detroit Pistons nabbed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope out of Georgia with the eighth pick in the NBA draft. Joe Camporeale, USA TODAY Sports Michigan's Trey Burke was drafted ninth by and then traded to the Utah Jazz. Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports After drafting Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard out of of the Big Sky Conference, the Portland Trail Blazers selected another mid-major player in Lehigh's C.J. McCollum from the Patriot League with the 10th pick. Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams stayed on the east coast after the Philadelphia 76ers picked the tall point guard 11th overall Jerry Lai, USA TODAY Sports Oklahoma City selected Pittsburgh Panther center Steven Adams with the 12th pick. Steve Dykes, USA TODAY Sports Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk went to the Dallas Mavericks with the 13th pick before being traded to the Boston Celtics. Steve Dykes, USA TODAY Sports UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad, once rated the best high school player in the nation, was selected 14th overall by the Utah Jazz and then traded to Minnesota. Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports Atlanta used the first of its consecutive picks, the 17th, to bring Germany's Dennis Schroeder. Jerry Lai, USA TODAY Sports Miami guard Shane Larkin was selected by Atlanta with the second of its consecutive picks. The Hawks traded Larkin to the Dallas Mavericks. Bob Donnan, USA TODAY Sports Cleveland selected Sergey Karasev with the 19th pick. Jennifer Stewart, USA TODAY Sports Chicago selected New Mexico's Tony Snell with the 20th pick. Ron Chenoy, USA TODAY Sports NCAA champion and Louisville Cardinal Gorgui Dieng was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 21st pick and then traded to Minnesota. Richard Mackson, USA TODAY Sports Duke's Mason Plumlee showed up in Brooklyn live for the draft and ended up being drafted by the Nets with the 22nd pick. Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports Indiana added Solomon Hill to its roster after the Pacers selected the Arizona Wildcat 23rd overall. Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Michigan star guard Tim Hardaway Jr.





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Two of the top power forwards available in free agency have reportedly agreed to terms with NBA teams: Josh Smith is going to the Detroit Pistons and Carl Landry is returning to the Sacramento Kings. Smith, an All-Star with the Atlanta Hawks, was the focus of much attention since the free-agent period began July 1. Some teams had reportedly been trying to lure Smith and Dwight Howard to form a powerful one-two punch on the front line. Smith, who is 6 foot 9 and 225 pounds, will reportedly sign a four-year, $54-million contract with Detroit when the signing period begins Wednesday. The 27-year-old, a nine-year veteran, has career averages of 15.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 34.1 minutes a game. The last two seasons, with averages of 18.8 and 17.5 points, 9.6 and 8.4 rebounds, 3.9 and 4.2 assists, have been the most productive for Smith. He averaged 35.3 minutes a game both seasons. Landry, who played parts of two seasons with Sacramento before joining the Kevin Durant Christmas Shoes Golden State Warriors last year, is expected to sign a four-year, $26-million deal with the Kings.





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Report: Pacers to rescind offer to Hansbrough The Pacers will rescind the qualifying offer they made to forward Tyler Hansbrough, making him an unrestricted free agent, ESPN.com is reporting. Hansbrough, who has spent his first four years in the NBA with the Pacers, averaged seven points and 4.6 rebounds last season. Report: Wizards, Webster agree on four-year deal Swingman Martell Webster has agreed to a four-year, $22 million deal with the Wizards, according to Yahoo! Sports. Webster averaged 11.4 points and 3.9 rebounds last season with Washington.









The source spoke to the Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been made official. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound McRoberts outperformed expectations last season after being acquired from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Hakim Warrick in February just hours before the trade deadline. He started 19 games and averaged 9.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in 26 total contests for Charlotte. McRoberts gives the Bobcats added depth in the front court. Howard snubs Warriors A person familiar with the situation says the Golden State Warriors have been informed by free-agent center Dwight Howard that he wont be signing with them.





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His hard work was always on display on the court, but never more evident than during his work in the NBA Finals, of which he worked every year during the 1990s. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time." Hollins was perhaps best known for a controversial call in the 1994 playoffs between the Bulls and Knicks, when he called Scottie Pippen for a shooting foul against Hubert Davis in the closing seconds of Game 5 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Davis made both free throws, and the Knicks won the game 87-86, and ultimately won the series in seven games. But Hollins' career could not be defined by one call, as he was a fixture in just about every important playoff series of the 1990s. He retired in 2003.