The NBA Coach of the Year Award

Coach of the Year 2021 Odds

Red. Riley. Jackson. You know all the best coaches in NBA history, and you love arguing over which coach is in fact the best. Well, now you can put your money where your mouth is with OddsUSA and our NBA Coach of the Year tracker. OddsUSA has a weekly article on the latest NBA Coach of the Year odds so you can watch and see how your favorite (or least favorite) coaches are faring all throughout the season.

Some years it is obvious who is going to be named the NBA Coach of the Year. When the Golden State Warriors broke the record for most wins in a single season? Ok, yeah, everyone knew Steve Kerr was going to get the nod (well… at least Kerr or Luke Walton). However, what about those years where there isn’t one dominant team? During those seasons, the NBA Coach of the Year odds would change from one week to the next, and some unknown name would come out of nowhere and head to the top of the NBA COTY odds boards. Not only are those years fun for NBA fans in general, but smart NBA bettors can put some extra money in their pockets if they read the cards correctly.

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How to Bet on NBA Coach of the Year Odds

For those worried about how to bet on the NBA Coach of the Year odds, put those worries aside; betting on NBA COTY odds is quite easy. NBA Coach of the Year betting is just like any other NBA Futures bet. Simply take a look at the NBA COTY Odds board and pick the coach you think is going to be voted the NBA Coach of the Year at the end of the season. Your board might look something like this:

Nick Nurse: -145

Mike Budenholzer: +180

Brad Stevens: +220

Erik Spoelstra: +300

In this hypothetical, Nick Nurse is the favorite to win the NBA COTY. So, if you wanted to go north of the border with your pick, you would have to bet $145 to win back $100 on your bet. However, if you were feeling greener about your pick, you could go with the Milwaukee Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer or the Celtics’ Brad Stevens. In this scenario, if you bet $100 on Budenholzer, you would win $180 on your bet in addition to your original $100 wager, or if you went with the Shamrock, you would get back $220 on your original $100 Stevens bet.

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Betting Trends and History of NBA Coach of the Year

The NBA Coach of the Year award goes all the way back to the 1962-1963 season when Harry Gallatin won it as head coach of the St. Louis Hawks with a 48-32 record. Apparently, that mark was the key as Alex Hannum won it the next year with an identical record while leading the San Francisco Warriors. The following season though the award was given to the man whose name now bears the title, as Red Auerbach took home the trophy while directing the Boston Celtics to the NBA title.

40 different coaches have won the award since its inception, while Gregg Popovich, Don Nelson have all won the award a record-breaking three times (although Riley is the only coach to win it with three different franchises). Not only that, but no coach has ever won the award in consecutive seasons, which is something to keep track of when you are planning on betting on NBA COTY odds.

You might think that the award goes to the coach whose team is slated to win the NBA title, but the NBA Coach of the Year has only won the championship in the same season a mere five times (although Popovich is the only coach to do it twice; 11 years apart in 2003 and 2014). While the list is dominated by all the best and most famous coaches, only Larry Bird has won the NBA Coach of the Year and NBA MVP as a player. Bottom line though, whomever you think is going to win the NBA COTY, check in every week with OddsUSA to see how your pick is faring and whether it is the right time to bet on the NBA Coach of the Year odds.