2022 NBA Coach of the Year Predictions, Betting Odds, Picks

  • Get the most recent 2022 NBA Coach of the Year odds!
  • Check out predictions for who will win the 2022 NBA Coach of the Year Award!
  • View stats and trends that will help you beat the sportsbooks!

The NBA is back to an 82-game schedule, only benefitting the chances of this year’s crop for Coach of the Year! Rosters change and grow as the season carries on. A coach’s ability to manage their team’s success through the regular season is what the Coach of the Year Award celebrates.

2022 NBA Coach of the Year Odds

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook.

Coach Team Odds
Monty Williams Phoenix Suns -2000
BET NOW
JB Bickerstaff Cleveland Cavaliers +1000
BET NOW
Erik Spoelstra Miami Heat +700
BET NOW
Taylor Jenkins Memphis Grizzlies +800
BET NOW
Billy Donovan Chicago Bulls +3000
BET NOW
Steve Kerr Golden State Warriors +4000
BET NOW
Ime Udoka Boston Celtics +1500
BET NOW
Doc Rivers Philadelphia 76ers +6500
BET NOW
Quin Snyder Utah Jazz +8000
BET NOW
Chris Finch Minnesota Timberwolves +8000
BET NOW
Michael Malone Denver Nuggets +7000
BET NOW

Bet on 2022 NBA Coach of the Year Here!

2022 NBA Coach of the Year

For the last two seasons, preceding the COVID-19 pandemic altered schedule, the NBA Coach of the Year has been named at the annual NBA Awards show. The show is expected to be held in late June after the NBA Playoffs.

The winner of the 2022 NBA Coach of the Year award will be the 59th winner in NBA history. The first-ever NBA Coach of the Year award was given in 1963.

The criteria that define a Coach of the Year winner is wide but is mostly defined by a team’s improved record.

Let’s answer some important questions about the Coach of the Year award!

Who Is the Favorite to Win NBA Coach of the Year in 2022?

Monty Williams – Phoenix Suns

Team Year (Projected) Record Off Rtg Def Rtg Pace
PHO 20-21 51-21 (2nd in West) 117.2 (5th) 111.3 (9th) 97.2 (26th)
PHO 21-22 50-12 (over 62 games) 114.2 (3rd) 106.0 (3rd) 99.4 (9th)


Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams is the clear front-runner to be Coach of the Year for the 2021-2022 NBA season. After a disappointing trip to the NBA Finals last season, Williams has his team firing on all cylinders in 2022.

Through the first three-quarters of the NBA season, Williams has his team at 50-12 and 1st in the Western Conference and overall. Ranked third in offensive and defensive rating, it seems the Suns head coach has Phoenix in Championship form.

With just under 20 games left in the season, with Chris Paul out for an extended period of time, don’t be surprised to see the Suns lose some games. That doesn’t undo the work Williams put in to get Phoenix where they are.

Who Was the 2021 NBA Coach of the Year?


New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau won the 2021 NBA Coach of the Year award. It was the second time that Thibodeau presented the award, the first being in 2015.

Thibodeau led the 2021 New York Knicks to a 41-31 record, good enough for 4th in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks’ record improved by 20 wins while improving their defence from 23rd in the league to 3rd best overall.

Thibodeau just edged out Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns for the award, collecting 351 total points to Williams’ 340. Thibodeau actually earned fewer first place votes than Williams, it was second and third place votes that made the difference.

When Will the NBA Coach of the Year Be Announced?

The NBA Coach of the Year winner is expected to be named in mid-to-late June, at the NBA Awards. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the NBA to adjust their schedule over the last two seasons, cancelling the last two NBA Awards.

There is no set date for when the winner will be announced, but you can expect it to be after the conclusion of the NBA Playoffs.

NBA Coach of the Year by Year

Season Coach Nationality Team
2021 Tom Thibodeau (2) United States New York Knicks (3)
2020 Nick Nurse United States Toronto Raptors (3)
2019 Mike Budenholzer (2) United States Milwaukee Bucks (3)
2018 Dwane Casey United States Toronto Raptors (2)
2017 Mike D’Antoni United States/Italy Houston Rockets (3)
2016 Steve Kerr United States Golden State Warriors (3)
2015 Mike Budenholzer United States Atlanta Hawks (6)
2014 Gregg Popovich (3) United States San Antonio Spurs (3)
2013 George Karl United States Denver Nuggets (2)
2012 Gregg Popovich (2) United States San Antonio Spurs (2)
2011 Tom Thibodeau United States Chicago Bulls (4)
2010 Scott Brooks United States Oklahoma City Thunder
2009 Mike Brown United States Cleveland Cavaliers (2)
2008 Byron Scott United States New Orleans Hornets
2007 Sam Mitchell United States Toronto Raptors
2006 Avery Johnson United States Dallas Mavericks
2005 Mike D’Antoni United States/Italy Phoenix Suns (2)
2004 Hubie Brown (2) United States Memphis Grizzlies
2003 Gregg Popovich United States San Antonio Spurs
2002 Rick Carlisle United States Detroit Pistons (2)
2001 Larry Brown United States Philadelphia 76ers (2)
2000 Doc Rivers United States Orlando Magic
1999 Mike Dunleavy United States Portland Trail Blazers (2)
1998 Larry Bird United States Indiana Pacers (2)
1997 Pat Riley (3) United States Miami Heat
1996 Phil Jackson United States Chicago Bulls (3)
1995 Del Harris United States Los Angeles Lakers (3)
1994 Lenny Wilkens United States Atlanta Hawks (3)
1993 Pat Riley (2) United States New York Knicks (2)
1992 Don Nelson (3) United States Golden State Warriors (2)
1991 Don Chaney United States Houston Rockets (2)
1990 Pat Riley United States Los Angeles Lakers (2)
1989 Cotton Fitzsimmons (2) United States Phoenix Suns
1988 Doug Moe United States Denver Nuggets
1987 Mike Schuler United States Portland Trail Blazers
1986 Mike Fratello United States Atlanta Hawks (4)
1985 Don Nelson (2) United States Milwaukee Bucks (2)
1984 Frank Layden United States Utah Jazz
1983 Don Nelson United States Milwaukee Bucks
1982 Gene Shue (2) United States Washington Bullets (2)
1981 Jack McKinney United States Indiana Pacers
1980 Bill Fitch (2) United States Boston Celtics (3)
1979 Cotton Fitzsimmons United States Kansas City Kings (2)
1978 Hubie Brown United States Atlanta Hawks (3)
1977 Tom Nissalke United States Houston Rockets
1976 Bill Fitch United States Cleveland Cavaliers
1975 Phil Johnson United States Kansas City-Omaha Kings
1974 Ray Scott United States Detroit Pistons
1973 Tom Heinsohn United States Boston Celtics (2)
1972 Bill Sharman United States Los Angeles Lakers
1971 Dick Motta United States Chicago Bulls (2)
1970 Red Holzman United States New York Knicks
1969 Gene Shue United States Baltimore Bullets
1968 Richie Guerin United States St. Louis Hawks (2)
1967 Johnny Kerr United States Chicago Bulls
1966 Dolph Schayes United States Philadelphia 76ers
1965 Red Auerbach United States Boston Celtics
1964 Alex Hannum United States San Francisco Warriors
1963 Harry Gallatin United States St. Louis Hawks

Who Selects the NBA Coach of the Year Winner?

The NBA Coach of the Year is selected at the end of the regular season by a panel of sportswriters from the United States and Canada. Each member of the voting panel casts a vote for their first, second, and third place selections – each vote is worth five, three, and one point, respectively.

The coach who receives the highest point total, regardless of first-place votes, is named the NBA Coach of the Year!

Does the NBA Coach of the Year Receive a Prize?

The NBA Coach of the Year is presented the Red Auerbach Trophy. The trophy is named in honor of the legendary Boston Celtics coach who led his team to nine NBA championships between 1956 and 1966.

Who Has Won NBA Coach of the Year Multiple Times?

Times Won Coach Team Years
3 Don Nelson Milwaukee Bucks (2), Golden State Warriors 1983, 1985, 1992
Pat Riley Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat 1990, 1993, 1997
Gregg Popovich San Antonio Spurs 2003, 2012, 2014
2 Gene Shue Baltimore Bullets, Washington Bullets 1969, 1982
Bill Fitch Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics 1976, 1980
Hubie Brown Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies 1978, 2004
Cotton Fitzsimmons Kansas City Kings, Phoenix Suns 1979, 1989
Mike D’Antoni Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets 2005, 2017
Mike Budenholzer Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks 2015, 2019
Tom Thibodeau Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks 2011, 2021

How Many NBA Coach of the Year Winners are in the Basketball Hall of Fame?

The NBA Coach of the Year Award tends to signify a coach who will go on to enjoy a long NBA career. With enough sustained success, great coaches will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. There have been 12 NBA Coach of the Year winners who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame:

  • Larry Brown
  • Pat Riley
  • Phil Jackson
  • Lenny Wilkens
  • Don Nelson
  • Cotton Fitzsimmons
  • Bill Fitch
  • Tom Heinsohn
  • Bill Sharman
  • Red Holzman
  • Red Auerbach
  • Alex Hannum

Has a Non-American Coach Ever Won Coach of the Year?

Every winner of the NBA Coach of the Year Award has been American. However, two-time Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni, although born in the United States, holds dual citizenship between the United States and Italy.

Which Team Has Produced the Most Coach of the Year Winners?

The team that has produced the most NBA Coach of the Year Winners have been the Atlanta Hawks, as well as its former iteration the St. Louis Hawks. The six winners for the Atlanta Hawks were:

  • 2015: Mike Budenholzer
  • 1994: Lenny Wilkens
  • 1986: Mike Fratello
  • 1978: Hubie Brown
  • 1968: Richie Guerin
  • 1963: Harry Gallatin

Which Team Has Never Produced a Coach of the Year Winner?

In current NBA history, there are only three teams that have not produced an NBA Coach of the Year winner:

  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • LA Clippers

2022 sees Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch (+8000) and Tyronn Lue (+10000) in the running to earn their team’s first Coach of the Year Award.

Bet on NBA Here!


More NBA Predictions & Odds

Dallas Mavericks vs Golden State Warriors Predictions, Odds, Picks
Dallas Mavericks vs Golden State Warriors Predictions, Odds, Picks
Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks look to level the series against Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals! …
20 May | 02:26 | Christian Jope
Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Predictions, Odds, Picks
Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat Predictions, Odds, Picks
Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics look to level the series against Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat! …
19 May | 02:34 | Christian Jope
Best NBA Promo Codes & Betting Bonuses NBA 2022
Best NBA Promo Codes & Betting Bonuses NBA 2022
All the best sportsbook bonus offers and promo codes for the NBA all in one place! Check out our weekly updated list to get started.
18 May | 03:01 | Evan Henningsen

Christian Jope

Expert on NBA

Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

Email: [email protected]