J.B. Bickerstaff Now Sits Alongside Other NBA COY Favorites

  • J.B. Bickerstaff has +400 odds to win the Coach of the Year award.
  • Monty Williams also has a +400 betting line to win COY honors.
  • Steve Kerr is the final option at +400 to round out the top three choices.

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Cavaliers have been one of the biggest surprises of the NBA season. In response, J.B. Bickerstaff has emerged among the Coach of the Year favorites.

2022 NBA COY Odds

  • J.B. Bickerstaff (CLE) +400
  • Monty Williams (PHO) +400
  • Steve Kerr (GSW) +400
  • Billy Donovan (CHI) +800
  • Steve Nash (BKN) +1500
  • Erik Spoelstra (MIA) +1600
  • Quin Snyder (UTA) +1600
  • James Borrego (CHA) +2200
  • Doc Rivers (PHI) +2500

J.B. Bickerstaff (+400)

The Cavaliers, sitting with the fifth-best record in the Eastern Conference are at 20-13. Aside from the respectable placement in the standings, online sportsbooks are seemingly acknowledging the overachievement aspect of the team.

The opening day Cavaliers roster was the seventh-youngest in the NBA and the team just wasn’t expected to be able to compete with the rest of the conference.

The team has won seven of their last eight games and is fresh off of a 45-point win over the Toronto Raptors. It seems as if the reason why Bickerstaff isn’t a bigger favorite is that there’s still a lot of season left to go.

Monty Williams (+400)

The Phoenix Suns are among the best of the best in the NBA this season. With a 26-6 record the Suns are on their way to becoming a top seed in the Western Conference for the second consecutive year.

NBA betting sites have responded by making Monty Williams a co-favorite to win Coach of the Year.

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Over the last couple of seasons, there may not be a more impressive coaching job than what Williams has done, however, it’s a one-season award. As long as the team continues to compete at the highest level, which they likely will, Williams’ name isn’t going anywhere in this conversation.

Steve Kerr (+400)

Steve Kerr’s name is seemingly always in the Coach of the Year conversation as the Golden State Warriors have been so good for so long, but he’s only won the award on one occasion, the 73-9 season.

As someone who has the fourth-highest win percentage as a head coach, many would assume he has more than one COY award, but he does not.

Since the Warriors have the best record in the NBA, he could be on his way to winning his second Coach of the Year award. With one of the MVP frontrunners on his team, there probably isn't a safer bet than Kerr as he's practically guaranteed to be one of the finalists.