Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said on ESPN's Mike & Mike on Thursday morning that he's "not sold" on a collegiate 30-second shot clock. Stevens, of course, experienced his fair share of success at the college level, guiding the Butler Bulldogs to back-to-back Final Fours and National Championship appearances in 2010 and 2011.
After Stevens, who just finished his second season at the helm of the Celtics, discussed the surge of analytics in the NBA as well as the Golden State Warriors' potent offense, he touched on the men's college basketball rules committee's proposal of decreasing the shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds.
"I think the 30 second shot clock could go both ways. I’m not sold on it. The one thing that I know is the less time, the more it favors talent. No matter what that’s going to be the case, so certainly there’s going to be an impact there potentially on the NCAA Tournament. There will be more opportunities if you’re down late to win. That’s going to be clear, and that’s going to be different and that’s going to feel a little bit different when you’re coaching in that college game. A six-point lead with two minutes to go is not going to feel the same with a 30-second shot clock. And then I’m concerned that there will be a little bit less motion and it’ll probably be a little bit more isolation and you know the level of play is not ready for more isolation vs. the pro game."
Reducing the shot clock targets the dearth of scoring that many feel has spread throughout the college game.
Stevens' comments directly tap into the differences between college and professional basketball. NCAA offenses are usually more predicted on heavily-designed systems while the crux of most NBA offenses is the high pick-and-roll.
- Jake Fischer