NBA Coach Of The Year Betting Tips

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The NBA Coach of the Year award is an annual award given to the coach considered to be the best in the entire National Basketball Association over the course of that season.

Many leading bookmakers offer customers the chance to back the best coaches in the sport for this prestigious award, with the market consistently updated throughout the entire NBA regular season.

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NBA Coach Of The Year Betting Tips

Before betting on the NBA Coach Of The Year award it is important to look at some of the trends from previous winners to get an idea of who is most likely to land the honour next.

Of course, winning his HUGELY important. Between 2003 and 2023, the team led by the Coach of the Year won an average of 58.6 games during the regular season, although the number is inflated a little by Steve Kerr guiding the Golden State Warriors to a 73-win season during that time.

By taking out the two seasons affected by COVID-19, the Coach of the Year has guided his team to 55 wins or more in each of the past seasons, while since 2003 only two coaches have won this award when their team won 50 regular season games or less.

Winning is not the absolute ‘be all’ and ‘end all’ though. Improvement is recognised. Between the start of the 2013/14 season and end of the 2021/22 campaign, the team coached by the award winner has increased its win total from the previous season by an average of 13.6 games. 

It also helps a head coach to have a top star in his team! Over the previous 22 seasons, 18 of the coach of the year winners had a member of the All-NBA team in their starting roster. That means they had at least one of the league’s top five players on their roster that season.

One note of caution is being wary of backing last year’s winner to double up. Unlike the Most Valuable Player award, head coaches have had a hard time winning back-to-back awards. In the entire history of this honour no head coach has won it in back-to-back seasons, which is remarkable when you consider Phil Jackson led the Chicago Bulls to two three peats and did not win in back-to-back years.

And finally, rookie head coaches might want to be avoided – no first-year coach as managed to win this award since Doc Rivers took the honours back in 2023.

Previous NBA Coach Of The Year Winners

Three men have won the NBA Coach of the Year award a record-setting three times.

Don Nelson became the first man to achieve the feat when he won the award with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1983 and 1985, before winning it one final time with the Golden State Warriors in 1992.

Pat Riley then joined him in the record books in the 90s, becoming the first man to win the award with three different teams - Los Angeles Lakers (1990), New York Knicks (1993) and Miami Heat (1997).

Gregg Popovich then joined Nelson and Riley when he won the award as the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs in 2003, 2012 and 2014.

Coach (No. of times)
Win %
1962–63 Harry Gallatin  St. Louis Hawks 48–32 0.6
1963–64 Alex Hannum  San Francisco Warriors 48–32 0.6
1964–65 Red Auerbach  Boston Celtics 62–18 0.775
1965–66 Dolph Schayes  Philadelphia 76ers 55–25 0.688
1966–67 Johnny Kerr  Chicago Bulls 33–48 0.407
1967–68 Richie Guerin  St. Louis Hawks (2) 56–26 0.683
1968–69 Gene Shue  Baltimore Bullets 57–25 0.695
1969–70 Red Holzman  New York Knicks 60–22 0.732
1970–71 Dick Motta  Chicago Bulls (2) 51–31 0.622
1971–72 Bill Sharman  Los Angeles Lakers 69–13 0.841
1972–73 Tom Heinsohn  Boston Celtics (2) 68–14 0.829
1973–74 Ray Scott  Detroit Pistons 52–30 0.634
1974–75 Phil Johnson  Kansas City-Omaha Kings 44–38 0.537
1975–76 Bill Fitch  Cleveland Cavaliers 49–33 0.598
1976–77 Tom Nissalke  Houston Rockets 49–33 0.598
1977–78 Hubie Brown  Atlanta Hawks (3) 41–41 0.5
1978–79 Cotton Fitzsimmons  Kansas City Kings (2) 48–34 0.585
1979–80 Bill Fitch (2)  Boston Celtics (3) 61–21 0.744
1980–81 Jack McKinney  Indiana Pacers 44–38 0.537
1981–82 Gene Shue (2)  Washington Bullets (2) 43–39 0.524
1982–83 Don Nelson  Milwaukee Bucks 51–31 0.622
1983–84 Frank Layden  Utah Jazz 45–37 0.549
1984–85 Don Nelson (2)  Milwaukee Bucks (2) 59–23 0.72
1985–86 Mike Fratello  Atlanta Hawks (4) 50–32 0.61
1986–87 Mike Schuler  Portland Trail Blazers 49–33 0.598
1987–88 Doug Moe  Denver Nuggets 54–28 0.659
1988–89 Cotton Fitzsimmons (2)  Phoenix Suns 55–27 0.671
1989–90 Pat Riley  Los Angeles Lakers (2) 63–19 0.768
1990–91 Don Chaney  Houston Rockets (2) 52–30 0.634
1991–92 Don Nelson (3)  Golden State Warriors (2) 55–27 0.671
1992–93 Pat Riley (2)  New York Knicks (2) 60–22 0.732
1993–94 Lenny Wilkens  Atlanta Hawks (5) 57–25 0.695
1994–95 Del Harris  Los Angeles Lakers (3) 48–34 0.585
1995–96 Phil Jackson  Chicago Bulls (3) 72–10 0.878
1996–97 Pat Riley (3)  Miami Heat 61–21 0.744
1997–98 Larry Bird  Indiana Pacers (2) 58–24 0.707
1998–99 Mike Dunleavy  Portland Trail Blazers (2) 35–15 0.7
1999–00 Doc Rivers  Orlando Magic 41–41 0.5
2000–01 Larry Brown  Philadelphia 76ers (2) 56–26 0.683
2001–02 Rick Carlisle  Detroit Pistons (2) 50–32 0.61
2002–03 Gregg Popovich  San Antonio Spurs 60–22 0.732
2003–04 Hubie Brown (2)  Memphis Grizzlies 50–32 0.61
2004–05 Mike D'Antoni  Phoenix Suns (2) 62–20 0.756
2005–06 Avery Johnson  Dallas Mavericks 60–22 0.732
2006–07 Sam Mitchell  Toronto Raptors 47–35 0.573
2007–08 Byron Scott  New Orleans Hornets 56–26 0.683
2008–09 Mike Brown  Cleveland Cavaliers (2) 66–16 0.805
2009–10 Scott Brooks  Oklahoma City Thunder 50–32 0.61
2010–11 Tom Thibodeau  Chicago Bulls (4) 62–20 0.756
2011–12 Gregg Popovich (2)  San Antonio Spurs (2) 50–16 0.758
2012–13 George Karl  Denver Nuggets (2) 57–25 0.695
2013–14 Gregg Popovich (3)  San Antonio Spurs (3) 62–20 0.756
2014–15 Mike Budenholzer  Atlanta Hawks (6) 60–22 0.732
2015–16 Steve Kerr  Golden State Warriors (3) 73–9 0.89
2016–17 Mike D'Antoni (2)  Houston Rockets (3) 55–27 0.67
2017–18 Dwane Casey  Toronto Raptors (2) 59–23 0.72
2018–19 Mike Budenholzer (2)  Milwaukee Bucks (3) 60–22 0.732
2019–20 Nick Nurse  Toronto Raptors (3) 46–18[d] 0.719
2020–21 Tom Thibodeau (2)  New York Knicks (3) 41–31 0.569
2021–22 Monty Williams  Phoenix Suns (3) 64–18 0.78

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NBA Coach of the Year FAQs

What is the NBA Coach of the Year award?

The NBA Coach of the Year is given to the head coach perceived to have done the best job during the regular season.

Who won the NBA Coach of the Year award last season?

Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams won the NBA Coach of the Year award in 2021/22.

Who has won the most NBA Coach of the Year awards?

Three men have won NBA Coach of the Year three times – Don Nelson (Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors), Pat Riley (Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat) and Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs).