NBA Coach of the Year Odds: Jenkins, Finch Both Primed For Success

In a shocking turn of events, consensus favorite Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics has been suspended for the entire 2022-23 season. NBA Coach of the Year odds are on hold as a result.

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2022 2:13 PM ET Read Time: 4 min
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Well, this certainly wasn't how it was supposed to play out.

After guiding the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals in his first year as head coach and entering 2022-23 as the comfortable favorite in the Coach of the Year odds, Ime Udoka has been suspended by the team for the entire season.

As a result, the COY odds have shuffled a bit, with Taylor Jenkins of the Grizzlies and Chris Finch of the Timberwolves topping the board.

Odds to win NBA Coach of the Year

Coach Odds to win COY
Taylor Jenkins (Memphis) +1,000
Chris Finch (Minnesota) +1,000
Joe Mazzulla (Boston) +1,200
Erik Spoelstra (Miami) +1,300
Tyronn Lue (L.A. Clippers) +1,300
Steve Nash (Brooklyn) +1,400
Monty Williams (Phoenix) +1,400
Jason Kidd (Dallas) +1,400
Michael Malone (Denver) +1,400
JB Bickerstaff (Cleveland) +1,400
Steve Kerr (Golden State) +1,500
Willie Green (New Orleans) +1,500
Darvin Ham (L.A. Lakers) +1,700
Nick Nurse (Toronto) +1,800
Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee) +1,800
Steve Clifford (Charlotte) +2,200

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook as of September 27, 2022. 

Favorites to win NBA Coach of the Year

Taylor Jenkins (+1,000)

A COY finalist last season, Jenkins has presided over a meteoric rise in Memphis, where the Grizzlies have fast-tracked a rebuild and just gave the eventual champs their fiercest fight of the playoffs with Ja Morant injured for much of the series.

Memphis will be in tough to hold their footing in the West, with the Clippers and Nuggets presumably much healthier this season — but such was the case last year, when the Grizz took the NBA by storm.

This roster is very talented, very deep, brimming with upside, and led by a coach that's shown a propensity for the right lineups, and milking every ounce of potential from his youngsters.

Chris Finch (+1,000)

The T-Wolves were a squad on the rise last season, enough so to convince new GM Tim Connelly to shove all-in with a home-run trade for Rudy Gobert to fortify Minnesota's interior. 

Now with the DPOY odds leader holding down the fort, many are predicting great success for the Wolves — at least in the regular season. Already one of the best offenses in the league, Minny can now flex on both ends of the court, provided the absences of Patrick Beverley and Jarred Vanderbilt don't create too many leaks for Gobert to plug. 

Regardless, Finch is a shrewd mind and underrated tactician in a great situation for COY contention.

Joe Mazzulla (+1,200)

So, Mazzulla gets to make his NBA head coaching debut on a month's notice, replacing the former Coach of the Year odds leader with only the expectations of an NBA Finals appearance to live up to. 

But, you know, no pressure or anything. 

While Mazzulla walks into a pressure-cooker replacing ousted Ime Udoka, he's a three-year assistant with the team who's familiar with the organizational culture and wouldn't have been promoted had Brad Stevens not had the utmost faith in him. 

Remember, Udoka was a rookie head coach last year, and Mazzulla will almost certainly have the controversial preseason circumstances driving his narrative through whatever success the Celtics have this season. 

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.

NBA Coach of the Year history

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

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