New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau won the NBA Coach of the Year Award last season. This year, he has a +2200 betting odds to win that award against his season, according to BETUS. He isn’t even of the three favorites on BETUS to win it this season.
The three favorites on the sportsbook are Eric Spoelstra (MIA), Steve Kerr (GSW), and Steve Nash (BKN) with +800 odds to win it. Spoelstra and Nash would be very good bets to win this award. I am very skeptical of Kerr winning this award this season.
My only concern with Steve Kerr is that is very possible that the Golden State Warriors may not even be a Top 6 team in the Western Conference this season. The reason why is because of Klay Thompson’s healthy. He is projected to return in January. What if Steph Curry also gets hurt again and what if the rookies like Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody don’t play well?
My favorite of the lower odds is Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns with +1100 odds. Phoenix had the second-best record in the Western Conference. I believe he is going to lead them to one of the best records in the NBA once again this season. Other people are going to realize that the Suns are not a one-year wonder. Williams does a very good job of getting the best out of his players like Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, and DeAndre Ayton.
Frank Vogel +1200 of the Los Angeles Lakers could be another very good bet. Vogel was the head coach of the year two years ago and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win it again. He has to balance out minutes and chemistry between Lebron James, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony, and other players. Los Angeles has one of the best defenses in the NBA because of Vogel’s system.
Mike Budenholzer +2000 of the Milwaukee Bucks at this price could potentially be free money. How is Budenholzer this low? I mean Milwaukee will be one of the top teams in the NBA once again this season with Giannis Antetokounmpo running the show. Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, and Donte DiVincenzo will need to be utilized well once again by Budenholzer this season. Mike Budenholzer has gotten criticized about his decisions, but he made amends for it by winning it all last season.
-Glenn Kaplan, 12oz Sports Contributor, Live Monday’s at 3 p.m. ET & Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on 12oz Sports
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