2017-18 NBA Coach Of the Year Odds

2017-18 NBA Coach Of the Year Odds

Last season Mike D’Antoni (and James Harden) led the Houston Rockets to a 55-win season, 14 more than their previous season and 13.5 more than their preseason total of 41.5. For his troubles. D’Antoni was awarded the NBA Coach of the Year. Heading into the year, he had 50/1 odds to win the award!

This season, he is tied for second on the odds list with Brad Stevens of the Celtics behind Steve Kerr of the Warriors. In my opinion, Kerr shouldn’t get it unless the Warriors can break the regular season wins record again. Honestly, how can you call the coach of essentially an all-star team the coach of the year? Also, they haven’t made any major additions like some of the other teams so they won’t need to deal with any chemistry issues.

In my opinion, it should be a coach whose team exceeds expecations. Whether it’s a team like the Rockets last season or a crappy team with no expectations that makes the playoffs or something along those lines. Unfortunately, I do not vote for NBA awards so I am shit out of luck.

CoachTeam10/16 (PaddyPower)10/2 (PaddyPower)
Steve KerrGSW+500+500
Mike D'AntoniHOU+550+550
Brad StevensBOS+550+550
Gregg PopovichSA+600+600
Billy DonovanOKC+700+700
Tyronn LueCLE+800+800
Jason KiddMIL+1400+1400
Scott BrooksWAS+1600+1600
Tom ThibodeauMIN+2000+2000
Brett BrownPHI+2000+2000
Dwane CaseyTOR+2500+2500
Quin SnyderUTA+2500+2500
Erik SpoelstraMIA+2500+2500
Mike MaloneDEN+3000+3000
Doc RiversLAC+3300+3300
Stan Van GundyDET+3300+3300
Alvin GentryNOP+3300+3300
Luke WaltonLAL+4000+4000
Steve CliffordCHA+5000+5000
David FizdaleMEM+5000+5000
Terry StottsPOR+5000+5000
Rick CarlisleDAL+5000+5000
Earl WatsonPHX+5000+5000
Kenny AtkinsonBKN+6600+6600
Dave JoergerSAC+8000+8000
Mike BudenholzerATL+8000+8000
Frank VogelORL+10000+10000
Nate McMillan IND+10000+10000
Jeff HornacekNYK+10000+10000
Fred HoibergCHI+15000+15000

If there is a guy who should get credit if his team succeeds, it is Billy Donovan. It is going to be tough to make Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony all happy with their roles. Historically, newly-founded super teams have struggled in the early going and I can see the same thing potentially happening with the Thunder this season. However, Donovan can get things to gel early on and avoid an October or November scuffle, I like his chances.

Another name I like is Tom Thibodeau of Minnesota. The western conference is obviously stacked, but I believe Minnesota could make some serious noise. With the additions of Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague, this will certainly be a new-look team. Karl-Anthony Towns is on the verge of becoming a superstar and Andrew Wiggins isn’t too far behind. The T-Wolves have a real chance of breaking out and making a name for themselves this year.

Any D’Antoni-esque longshots you have your eye on this season? Let us know on Twitter @SportsInsights.

Mark Gallant

I’m the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy.

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