NBA Coach Of The Year Odds 2024: Favorite Mark Daigneault Wins

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The 2024 NBA Coach of the Year Award has been won by OKC Thunders head coach, Mark Daigneault. Daigneault was favorite in the NBA Coach of the Year Odds for much of the season, despite some stiff competition.

The NBA Coach of the Year award is always hotly contested as the award does not always go to the team who won the most regular season games, or finished top of their division. It often goes to a coach who has achieved more with less: perhaps a coach who lost a star player early, or has been forced to work within tighter financial constraints and has achieved greatness regardless. 

NBA Coach of the Year odds 2024 are taking their final form following the conclusion of the regular season on Sunday.

This is one of the toughest years to separate COTY candidates as numerous coaches deserve consideration, whether that be because of their team’s achievements, how they performed relative to expectations, or their ability to overcome adversity.

Oklahoma City Thunder coach Mark Daigneault is the leader in odds to win NBA Coach of the Year, but six other candidates also received odds at major sportsbooks.

Here is one final look at the NBA Coach of the Year odds as of the start of the playoffs.

NBA Coach of the Year odds

Name Team Record Odds
Mark Daigneault Oklahoma City Thunder 57-25 -550
Chris Finch Minnesota Timberwolves 56-26 +650
Jamahl Mosley Orlando Magic 47-35 +1000
Joe Mazzulla Boston Celtics 64-18 +6000
Rick Carlisle Indiana Pacers 47-35 +15000
Ime Udoka Houston Rockets 41-41 +20000
Tom Thibodeau New York Knicks 50-32 +20000

Odds provided by bet365 – accurate as of April 17

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NBA Coach of the Year favorites

A tight race for the Western Conference regular-season title combined with the ebbs and flows of the Eastern Conference kept the NBA Coach of the Year odds in constant limbo throughout the regular season.

However, votes are now due, and these are the top candidates to win the award.

Mark Daigneault (-550)

Daigneault, the third-youngest coach in the NBA, helped the Thunder secure the first seed in a loaded Western Conference. They beat their preseason projected wins total by 12.5 and finished with the highest average point differential in the conference, ahead of even the defending champion Denver Nuggets.

OKC’s brilliant campaign came in spite of them having the second-youngest roster in the league and only one All-Star on the roster (two including Gordon Hayward, acquired on Feb. 9).

The Thunder also went 7-4 against the Nuggets, Timberwolves, and Los Angeles Clippers, the other top-four seeds in the West. They played a very deliberate style that prioritized defensive aggression, three-point shooting, and driving to the hoop, and were the best regular-season team not named the Boston Celtics.

Chris Finch (+650)

Finch was handed a piece of TNT with a lit fuse—but rather than implode, he created a marble masterpiece.

The Timberwolves’ coach totally remedied the issues that formed after the team paired Rudy Gobert with Karl-Anthony Towns a year ago, helping them climb from 10th to first in defensive rating. He also allowed Anthony Edwards to develop into one of the game’s 15 best players while having his squad in first in the conference for longer than any other team.

Finch also worked a masterclass by turning Naz Reid, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and others into integral components of the rotation. Although the Wolves finished short of the regular-season conference title, they were excellent against winning teams and tied for the second-best road record amongst playoff teams in the West.

Jamahl Mosley (+1000)

Orlando’s coach worked his magic this year, having the team as high as second and finishing fifth in the East. The team outperformed its projected win total by 9.5 and played tremendous basketball in numerous areas.

The Magic finished the year ranked third in defensive rating and fourth in rebound rate. They were also great at creating points off turnovers despite ranking 22nd in offensive efficiency and not having any established All-Stars (though Paolo Banchero made his first All-Star team during the season).

Mosley brought the best out of a young starting five that also included Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs and still found a way to assemble one of the most effective bench units in the league. The future is extremely bright in Orlando, and its coach is a huge reason why.

How to read Coach of the Year odds

The first part of reading NBA Coach of the Year odds involves identifying whether the odds are positive or negative.

Any odds value that is preceded by a “-” refers to negative odds, which means the bettor must put up the listed amount to win $100.

Let’s use Mark Daigneault as an example. He’s -550 in 2024 NBA Coach of the Year odds, which means a bettor must wager $550 to win $100.

Anyone with minus odds is usually (but not always) the favorite to win the award. If there are two candidates with negative odds, then the one with the lesser (lower) value is the favorite.

For example, let’s pretend these are the odds to win Coach of the Year:

  • Coach A: -140
  • Coach B: +7000
  • Coach C: -110

We know either Coach A or Coach C is the favorite since they have negative odds. Coach A has a lower value, which means they are the real favorite.

Conversely, any odds value that is preceded by a “+” refers to positive odds. Positive odds show how much a bettor will win with a $100 wager.

Referring back to the odds of winning 2024 NBA Coach of the Year, Tom Thibodeau is a +20000 candidate. That means that a $100 bet would win $20,000 if Thibodeau won the award.

Anyone receiving positive odds can be the favorite or an underdog.

If nobody has negative odds, then the candidate with the lowest positive-odds value is the favorite. If there is a negative-odds candidate, then all positive-odds candidates are underdogs.
Imagine these are the odds for the Coach of the Year:

  • Coach A: +700
  • Coach B: +350
  • Coach C: +1000

Coach B would be the favorite since they have the lowest positive-odds value and there are no negative-odds values.

NBA Coach of the Year betting trends

Nine of the last 13 NBA Coach of the Year winners won at least 71 percent of their games. Only the Boston Celtics’ Joe Mazzulla fits that criteria, though Daigneault won 69.5 percent.

That said, last year’s winner, Mike Brown of the Sacramento Kings, only won 58.5 percent of his games, the second-lowest amount during the same 13-year span.

Three active coaches won the Coach of the Year award more than once: Brown, Gregg Popovich, and Thibodeau.

Daigneault is a long-standing favorite and got a boost after OKC secured the first seed. Mosley climbed in odds while Mazzulla fell as Orlando impressed down the final stretch of the regular season.

The only coach to win the award the same year they won the NBA Finals was Popovich, who did so in 2002-03 and 2013-14. No Coach of the Year winner has made the Finals in the same season they won the award since the 2016-17 season when Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the infamous 3-1 comeback.

Previous NBA Coach of the Year winners

Season Coach Team
2022-23 Mike Brown Sacramento Kings
2021-22 Monty Williams Phoenix Suns
2020-21 Tom Thibodeau (2) New York Knicks
2019-20 Nick Nurse Toronto Raptors
2018-19 Mike Budenholzer (2) Milwaukee Bucks
2017-18 Dwane Casey Toronto Raptors
2016-17 Mike D’Antoni (2) Houston Rockets
2015-16 Steve Kerr Golden State Warriors
2014-15 Mike Budenholzer Atlanta Hawks
2013-14 Gregg Popovich (3) San Antonio Spurs
2012-13 George Karl Denver Nuggets
2011-12 Gregg Popovich (2) San Antonio Spurs
2010-11 Tom Thibodeau Chicago Bulls
2009-10 Scott Brooks Oklahoma City Thunder
2008-09 Mike Brown Cleveland Cavaliers
2007-08 Byron Scott New Orleans Hornets
2006-07 Sam Mitchell Toronto Raptors
2005-06 Avery Johnson Dallas Mavericks
2004-05 Mike D’Antoni Phoenix Suns
2003-04 Hubie Brown (2) Memphis Grizzlies
2002-03 Gregg Popovich San Antonio Spurs
2001-02 Rick Carlisle Detroit Pistons
2000-01 Larry Brown Philadelphia 76ers
1999-00 Doc Rivers Orlando Magic
1998-99 Mike Dunleavy Portland Trail Blazers
1997-98 Larry Bird Indiana Pacers
1996-97 Pat Riley (3) Miami Heat
1995-96 Phil Jackson Chicago Bulls
1994-95 Del Harris Los Angeles Lakers
1993-94 Lenny Wilkens Atlanta Hawks
1992-93 Pat Riley (2) New York Knicks
1991-92 Don Nelson (3) Golden State Warriors
1990-91 Don Chaney Houston Rockets
1989-90 Pat Riley Los Angeles Lakers
1988-89 Cotton Fitzimmons (2) Phoenix Suns
1987-88 Doug Moe Denver Nuggets
1986-87 Mike Schuler Portland Trail Blazers
1985-86 Mike Fratello Atlanta Hawks
1984-85 Don Nelson (2) Milwaukee Bucks
1983-84 Frank Layden Utah Jazz
1982-83 Don Nelson Milwaukee Bucks
1981-82 Gene Shue (2) Washington Bullets
1980-81 Jack McKinney Indiana Pacers
1979-80 Bill Fitch (2) Boston Celtics
1978-79 Cotton Fitzsimmons Kansas City Kings
1977-78 Hubie Brown Atlanta Hawks
1976-77 Tom Nissalke Houston Rockets
1975-76 Bill Fitch Cleveland Cavaliers
1974-75 Phil Johnson Kansas City-Omaha Kings
1973-74 Ray Scott Detroit Pistons
1972-73 Tom Heinsohn Boston Celtics
1971-72 Bill Sharman Los Angeles Lakers
1970-71 Dick Motta Chicago Bulls
1969-70 Red Holzman New York Knicks
1968-69 Gene Shue Baltimore Bullets
1967-68 Richie Guerin St. Louis Hawks
1966-67 Johnny Kerr Chicago Bulls
1965-66 Dolph Schayes Philadelphia 76ers
1964-65 Red Auerbach Boston Celtics
1963-64 Alex Hannum San Francisco Warriors
1962-63 Harry Gallatin St. Louis Hawks

The most recent Coach of the Year winners include Brown, Monty Williams, Thibodeau, Nick Nurse, and Mike Budenholzer.

Only six of the last 10 NBA Coach of the Year award winners are still employed as head coaches.

NBA Coach of the Year odds FAQs

Who is the NBA Coach of the Year favorite?

Oklahoma City Thunder coach Mark Daigneault is the leader in NBA Coach of the Year 2024 odds. His leadership helped one of the NBA’s youngest teams blossom into a Western Conference contender ahead of schedule. Daigneault will become the Thunder’s second Coach of the Year recipient if he wins, joining Scott Brooks in 2009-10.

Who won NBA Coach of the Year 2023?

Mike Brown of the Sacramento Kings won the NBA Coach of the Year in 2023. Sacramento only went 48-34, but they finished third in the West. Brown’s win was even more special since it was his first season in Sacramento.

When will the NBA Coach of the Year award be decided?

NBA Coach of the Year voting, along with votes for other awards, is due at the end of the regular season and will be announced during the playoffs. Voters can cast their submission at any point before the deadline, though many wait until the end of the season to send in their picks. This year’s winner is likely going to be a first-time recipient.

How is the NBA Coach of the Year award decided?

Voters can vote for three coaches on their Coach of the Year ballot. Each first-place vote is worth five points, each second-place vote is worth three points, and each third-place vote is worth one point. The winner is the coach with the most total points, regardless of who has the most first-place votes.

Who has won the most Coach of the Year awards?

Gregg Popovich, Pat Riley, and Don Nelson all won the Coach of the Year award three times. Riley was the only coach to win the award once with three separate teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers in 1990, New York Knicks in 1993, and Miami Heat in 1997. Eight coaches won the award twice, though only two of them are active (Thibodeau and Brown).

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