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The NBA season is just around the corner and much like every other seasonal award, you can officially place your bets on Coach of the Year.
Unlike the NFL where the Coach of the Year is usually a coach that took a bad team and made the playoffs the next year, the NBA often rewards the coach of the best team in the regular season with the award.
The odds reflect that accordingly.
Somehow Brad Stevens hasn't won a Coach of the Year award yet, but with the Celtics predicted to be the best team in the East it may finally be his time. Meanwhile, 2018 Coach of the Year Dwayne Casey's replacement has nearly the same odds as Stevens. No franchise has ever had back-to-back Coach of the Year winners, mostly because you generally don't fire the coach of the year right after he wins the award.
Last year, Dwayne Casey won Coach of the Year as the No. 1 seed in the East with 59 wins. The year before, Mike D'Antoni was only the No. 3 seed but the Rockets jumped from 41-41 to 55-27 in his first year as head coach. The two years before that were Steve Kerr and the 73-win Warriors and Mike Budenhoizer and the 60-win Hawks.
Going back 10 years the breakdown of Coach of the Year is seven No. 1 seed coaches, two No. 3 seed coaches and in 2009 Scott Brooks won as a No. 8 seed after turning around the Oklahoma City Thunder. This means that despite winning three of the last four titles, Steve Kerr is still very much in play for Coach of the Year, as is Mike D'Antoni.
History says whoever you're going to choose, pick a coach whose team will be one of the best in the NBA in 2018-19.
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