Odds to win NBA Coach of the Year: Chris Finch favoured after Ime Udoka suspension
Chris Finch has a strong chance to bring home some hardware this year. Photo by Brandon Dill/AP

With the regular season coming up soon, most NBA teams have fairly set rosters, and we know enough to evaluate their coaches' chance of bringing home the Coach of the Year award.

The latest: Chris Finch leads is well-positioned to earn the hardware after leading the Minnesota Timberwolves to the playoffs in his first full year at the helm, while bench bosses like Willie Green and Chauncey Billups could help their teams take radical steps forward with improved rosters.

Here are the latest NBA Coach of the Year odds.

NBA Coach of the Year odds

Check out the latest odds to win NBA Coach of the Year. Click linked odds to add selection to your betslip.

CoachLatest OddsOdds on September 23
Chris Finch+900+1,000
Willie Green+1,000+1,000
Jason Kidd+1,000+1,000
Tyronn Lue+1,000+1,000
Dwane Casey+1,200+1,000
Erik Spoelstra+1,200+1,200
J.B. Bickerstaff+1,400+1,200
Joe Mazzulla +1,400N/A
Nick Nurse+2,000+2,000
Mike Brown+2,000+2,000
Chauncey Billups+2,000+2,000

Odds as of 5:57 p.m. on 10/02/2022.

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The favourite: Chris Finch (+900)

Because this award is often given to a coach whose team takes a significant step forward, Finch makes sense as a favourite.

The Timberwolves' acquisition of Rudy Gobert should have a profound impact on the team's record as the Frenchman is one of the league's top defenders. Minnesota has a pair of offensive game-breakers in Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards, and Gobert should help the team become more balanced.

Minnesota's history is also helpful to Finch's chances. The Timberwolves have made the playoffs just twice in the last 18 seasons. If the third-year bench boss is seen as the man who helped forge a new path for the moribund franchise, it should add fuel to his case.

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Best value: Willie Green (+1,000)

While the Suns' method of posting the NBA's best record is one route to this award, another is a massive year-over-year improvement. That's precisely what Green is likely to be in for next season.

In his first year on the bench, the 40-year-old led the New Orleans Pelicans to a 36-46 season, and their chances of dramatically improving on that are high.

Green got the best out of a group that was missing Zion Williamson, but the 2019 first overall pick is back. And if Williamson performs similarly to his 2020-21 form (27.0 points/game, 7.2 rebounds/game, 3.7 assists/game on 61.1% shooting), he'll be an enormous boost to the lineup.

Zion Williamson play at an All-NBA calibre level the last time he was on the court. Photo by Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP.

The Pelicans also had CJ McCollum for just 26 games last season. A full season from the former Portland star will make a significant impact.

Add in a top-10 draft pick (Dyson Daniels), plus second-year growth from an incredible 2021 rookie class (Trey Murphy III, Herb Jones and Jose Alvarado) and New Orleans has all the ingredients to go from a plucky underdog with a losing record to a playoff team in the tough Western Conference.

Coach to watch: Chauncey Billups (+2,000)

Billups is a similar candidate to Green, but he comes at longer odds, thanks to a Trail Blazers roster that has a higher likelihood of being underwhelming.

Even so, Billups is getting back a superstar in Damian Lillard. The team also added wing defence and shot creation with Jerami Grant — and new arrival Joe Ingles will be a dose of instant offence.

Lillard will need to bounce back at the age of 32, and the team's defence remains fairly reliant on Jusuf Nurkic, who has a spotty injury history. The good news is that Anfernee Simons is an ascending scorer who gave the team 23.4 points per game as a starter last season, and Canadian rookie Shaedon Sharpe has an incredible ceiling.

This team is coming off a 27-55 record. If everything breaks right for Portland, a dramatic swing in the win column could give Billups a chance to grab this award.

NBA Coach of the Year notes

  • Steve Nash (+3,000)

The Kevin Durant situation seems to have concluded with the superstar returning to Brooklyn, and that puts Steve Nash back in play as a viable candidate for this award.

That may seem outlandish considering Durant appeared to want him fired in early August, but the Nets have serious on-court potential as long as KD is there — and a monster season could have everyone forgetting about the summer drama. It's safe to say the situation remains volatile, though.

  • J.B. Bickerstaff (+1,400)

Bickerstaff wasn't on anyone's radar for this award for most of the offseason, but that changed with the Cleveland Cavaliers' acquisition of Donovan Mitchell.

Mitchell might not make them championship favourites, but a core four built around him, Darius Garland, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen is impressive. Cleveland's strong defence should help mask the guard's deficiencies on that end of the floor, making this a seamless fit. If the Cavaliers have a big season behind their new star, Bickerstaff could certainly get some credit.

  • Joe Mazzulla (+1,400)

After Ime Udoka was suspended for the duration of the 2022-23 season, Mazzulla inherited a deep, talented Celtics team that projects to have an incredibly successful campaign.

While Mazzulla has a good chance to be successful, we have a hard time believing he'd get enough credit for the Celtics' winning ways to earn this award.

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