NBA Coach of the Year Odds: Brown Conquers with Kings

Mike Brown's done a lot more than oversee an improvement with the Sacramento Kings — he's defying nearly two decades of organizational incompetence. It's got him within striking distance of the NBA Coach of the Year odds lead.

Last Updated: Feb 3, 2023 3:37 PM ET Read Time: 4 min
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NBA Coach of the Year rewards the bench boss who steers his team through adversity or exceeds expectations for the regular season.    

Heading into September, Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka was the consensus NBA odds favorite to take home the honors, but after his preseason suspension, it's his replacement, Joe Mazzulla, who's got the Celtics in peak form as we're into the season's second half.

However, Mazzulla now has plenty of company atop the board in what's shaping up to be a close race. Let's take a look at the latest NBA Coach of the Year odds, and which contenders are making a lasting impact. 

Odds to win NBA Coach of the Year  

Coach Team Odds
Joe Mazzulla Browns Boston Celtics +200
Mike Brown Browns Sacramento Kings +220
Michael Malone Browns Denver Nuggets +310
Taylor Jenkins Browns Memphis Grizzlies +550
Jacque Vaughn Browns Brooklyn Nets +650
Doc Rivers Browns Philadelphia 76ers +1,400
Will Hardy Steelers Utah Jazz +2,000
J.B. Bickerstaff Browns Cleveland Cavaliers +2,000
Mike Budenholzer Browns Milwaukee Bucks +2,000
Rick Carlisle Browns Indiana Pacers +3,000

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook as of February 2, 2023.     

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2/2/2023: Few of the COY contenders' teams have been without blemishes lately:

The Celtics recently lost three straight. The Grizzlies have lost six of seven. The Nets are seriously struggling without Kevin Durant. And the Pelicans have been free-falling down the West standings all month — taking Willie Green's formerly-strong COY odds along for the ride.

An apparent exception is Mike Brown, whose Kings are 7-3 in their past 10 games and now sit firmly in the West's No. 3 seed. They have the NBA's hottest offense (a scalding 122.4 rating over their past 15 games) and even with a league-median defense are simply running opponents off the floor. 

It's a welcome sight in Sacramento, where the Kings are riding a 16-season playoff drought, but clear of the West's crowded glut, appear mortal locks to break that slump, barring serious injury. 

Understanding NBA Coach of the Year odds 

Most sportsbooks will display odds in the American format as listed above. We'll use 2019-20's Rookie of the Year race as an example: 

As the season progressed, with Ja Morant having been a huge favorite, his odds had a minus (-) sign ahead of the number: 

  • Ja Morant -500

This means that a bettor needs to wager $500 to win $100. Other candidates with worse odds would have a plus (+) sign ahead of the number. Early in the season, before any clear favorite is established, betting options will be listed as such: 

  • Zion Williamson +650

Here, a bettor stands to profit $650 for every $100 wagered. 

If American odds aren't your thing, simply use our odds converter to switch the odds to decimal or fractional format. Most online sportsbooks also give you the option to change the odds format that you see.

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NBA Coach of the Year trends

  • Excluding COVID-altered schedules (2019-20, 2020-21) the Coach of the Year's team has won 55+ games in each of the past 10 seasons. 

  • Three coaches (Mike Budenholzer, Gregg Popovich, Tom Thibodeau) have won COY multiple times since 2011.

  • No rookie head coach has won Coach of the Year since Doc Rivers (2000).

  • Dating back to the award's inception in 1963, no coach has ever won COY in back-to-back seasons.

NBA Coach of the Year history

Year NBA Coach of the Year Winner Team
2021-22 Monty Williams  Phoenix Suns
2020-21 Tom Thibodeau  New York Knicks
2019-20 Nick Nurse  Toronto Raptors
2018-19 Mike Budenholzer Milwaukee Bucks
2017-18 Dwane Casey Toronto Raptors
2016-17 Mike D'Antoni  Houston Rockets
2015-16 Steve Kerr  Golden State Warriors
2014-15 Mike Budenholzer  Atlanta Hawks
2013-14 Gregg Popovich  San Antonio Spurs
2012-13 George Karl  Denver Nuggets
2011-12 Gregg Popovich  San Antonio Spurs
2010-11 Tom Thibodeau  Chicago Bulls
2009-10 Scott Brooks  Oklahoma City Thunder
2008-09 Mike Brown  Cleveland Cavaliers
2007-08 Byron Scott  New Orleans Hornets
2006-07 Sam Mitchell  Toronto Raptors
2005-06 Avery Johnson  Dallas Mavericks
2004-05 Mike D'Antoni  Phoenix Suns
2003-04 Hubie Brown  Memphis Grizzlies
2002-03 Gregg Popovich  San Antonio Spurs

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