Odds to win NBA Coach of the Year: Brown and Mazzulla share favourite status
Mike Brown is trying to lead to Sacramento Kings to their first playoff berth since 2005-06. Photo by Darren Abate/AP.

The NBA regular season is more than halfway done, meaning it's not too early to evaluate bench bosses' chances of bringing home the Coach of the Year award.

The latest: Joe Mazzulla is leading the most dominant team in the NBA in Boston after an offseason of upheaval, but the success of Mike Brown's team is more unexpected. Michael Malone and Jacque Vaughn are also viable candidates to bring home this award.

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.

CoachOdds (Jan. 26)Odds (Jan. 18)
Mike Brown+200+800
Joe Mazzulla+200+250
Taylor Jenkins+300+450
Michael Malone+450+500
Jacque Vaughn+500+300
Willie Green+900+500
J.B. Bickerstaff+1,600+1,000
Will Hardy+2,000+2,000
Doc Rivers+2,000N/A
Rick Carlisle+2,500+800

Odds as of 3:45 p.m. on 01/26/2023.

Best NBA Coach of the Year odds

The favourites: Mazzulla and Brown (+200)

This award is often given to the coach whose team has the best regular season, and Mazzulla is on track to be that guy.

The Celtics have the best record in the NBA right now, and it's tough to find a weakness in a team with a multi-faceted attack and the ability to lock down opponents at every position.

Boston has been particularly effective on offence, putting up 117.6 points per game — the fourth-highest total in the NBA.

Mazzulla's biggest obstacle may be the fact that this Boston team was expected to be excellent and you could argue that he hasn't meaningfully exceeded expectations.

On the other hand, Mazzulla took over under difficult conditions in the wake of Ime Udoka's sudden departure and he deserves credit for helping the Celtics weather the storm.

Joe Mazzulla has led the Celtics to an excellent record. Photo by Ron Schwane/AP.

Brown's Coach of the Year case differs from Mazzulla's because he's leading a team that entered the season with minimal expectations to a memorable campaign.

The Kings have established themselves as one of the best teams in the Western Conference thanks to an NBA-best offence (119.7 points/game) led by De'Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis.

Sacramento is well on its way to making the playoffs for the first time since 2005-06, and if Brown is widely credited for that reversal of fortune he's likely to win this award.

Other NBA Coach of the Year choices

Best value: Malone (+450)

These are generous odds for a coach leading a team to the best record in its conference.

Malone has a tough time getting credit for the Nuggets' success at times due to Nikola Jokic's brilliance, but he deserves praise for how he's navigated a surprisingly difficult situation in Denver.

Jamal Murray hasn't been quite himself since returning from a knee injury and Michael Porter Jr. has been in and out of the lineup, forcing Malone to cobble to make consistent adjustments all season long.

Malone should also be acknowledged for leading a team that lacks true stoppers to the 11th-best scoring defence in the NBA. He is clearly getting through to a team that is looking like a true contender.

Coach to watch: Vaughn (+500)

The Nets were 2-5 when Steve Nash was fired, but they're 27-13 under Vaughn.

Not only is Vaughn driving on-court success, but he's also suppressing off-court drama. That is a Herculean task when you've got Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons and Kevin Durant on your roster. Somehow, Brooklyn has gone from a total mess to a dangerous club under Vaughn's watch.

Vaughn's biggest obstacle is the current absence of Durant, which has his team sliding in the standings. The Nets still have a relatively firm grip on a playoff spot, but they need their superstar back relatively soon if they are going to produce a good enough record to earn their bench boss this award.

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