Boston Celtics coach, Brad Stevens has best the Coach of the Year odds 2019 but former winner Mike Budenholzer has a huge chance to win it instead!
Last season’s NBA coach of the year was dramatic! Dwayne Casey won the award but was fired by the Toronto Raptors after they were defeated in the second round playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Online sportsbook sites in the USA report that the coach even spoke about getting fired during his award acceptance speech.
Dwane Casey beat out finalists like Utah Jazz coach, Quin Snyder and Boston Celtics Coach, Brad Stevens. Dwane Casey is now the coach of the Detroit Pistons and would be looking to win it again in regular season. His previous team, Toronto Raptors finished as the number 1 seeded team and had a 59-23 record under his guidance. There have been shifting tides in the NBA though and Brad Stevens, the coach of the Boston Celtics, has the best NBA Coach of the year odds 2019.
Is 2019 the year for Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics?
According to online sportsbook news sites in the USA, Brad Stevens took over the Boston Celtics after Doc Rivers left in 2013. As early as his second season as coach he was already voted 4th for the NBA’s Coach of the Year Award.
From the onset, Stevens looks calm and collected but his players have noted that he is fiercely competitive and hard working. He always expects the best from his players together as a unit rather than individual skill. His coaching style is built around solid basketball fundamentals and teamwork which typically forces the opponents to make mistakes. Brad Stevens odds are 3.50
The Celtics are the team that has won the most NBA championships and they would be looking to Stevens to revive the past glory. He now has a star-studded team with Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Shane Larkin, Al Horford and Daniel Theis. Last season, despite having multiple players injured, the Celtics did great. Perhaps, if not for the injuries, they would have definitely been in the Finals. So if these players are healthy, there will be nothing in their way.
The fact is that Cleveland Cavaliers losing LeBron James to the LA Lakers in the west, has the Eastern Conference wide open and relatively easy for Brad Stevens’ Boston Celtics to capitalize on and make it to the NBA finals once again.
Can Mike Budenholzer win it again with the Milwaukee Bucks?
Mike Budenholzer is one of the few coaches currently practising that has already won this award and he might get enough votes to win it again. He won it in the 2014-2015 basketball season with Atlanta Hawks. So what makes him such a great coach?
Mike Budenholzer used to be the assistant coach of the 3-time coach of the the year, Gregg Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs. He surely learnt a lot from Gregg Popovich. In that 2014-2015 season, he guided the Hawks to a record 60 wins and their furthest playoff run in 48 years!
If Mike Budenholzer guided that Atlanta Hawks team that far then he can surely lead this talent-laden young group of players at the Milwaukee Bucks to success. With exciting player like Khris Middleton, Tony Snell, Brogdon, Brook Lopez and of course MVP candidate, Giannis Antetokounmpo, they can surely win the Eastern Conference. The odds for Mike Budenholzer are 5.50.
Coaches you should keep an eye on!
Quin Snyder has odds of 8.00. Last season was definitely an indication of how good the Utah Jazz is. They are such a dangerously talented young team in Western Conference and they have one of the most strategically perceptive coaches in the league. Snyder finished third in the Coach of the Year race last season. With players like Thabo Sefolosha, Ricky Rubio, Grayson and Rodney Hood playing their best and with so much chemistry, they are surely to do well this season.
Nick Nurse has odds of 7.00 and he was the one who took over after unforeseen firing of the 2017-2018 Coach of the Year Dwane Casey form the Toronto Raptors. This season under Nick Nurse’s guidance, the Toronto will be looking to Kawhi Leonard as the answer to improving their gameplay. There are even rumours, he might be the next MVP.
|Mike Budenholzer (Bucks coach, won it in 2015)||5.50|
Nurse greatly improved the Raptors’ offensive play earning them the 2nd-best record in the league at 59-23 last season while Dwane Casey had given then the defensive edge. The anticipation is high for the Raptors match or surpass their win total from next season and that is why Nick Nurse has such good odd for Coach of the Year.
Michael Malone has odds of 6.00. His team Denver Nuggets agreed a contract extension though they have had a playoffs drought. But in under Malone’s guidance, the Nuggets have gone from 33 wins in 2015-2016, to 40 in 2016-2017 and 46 last season when they finished a spot out of the playoffs. The coach has helped develop a vigorous team that is based on the partnerships between Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris. Maybe Michael Malone and his Denver Nuggets team can make it far this year!
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