In the off-season 2022-2023, certain coaching changes took place in the NBA clubs. So, Will Hardy was appointed the new coach of Utah, Steve Clifford headed Charlotte, and Darwin Ham replaced Frank Vogel as head coach of the Lakers. The Sacramento Kings also found a new mentor in Mike Brown. As always, bets on long-term events are popular among basketball fans and forecasters at and many try to predict who will become the coach of the year in the new season of the National Basketball Association. Let’s put aside the odds and leave only our understanding of basketball. Let’s look at promising coaches who can compete for the best coach award in the 2022-2023 season.

Taylor Jenkins (Memphis Grizzlies)

Bookmakers put this specialist in 5th place in their quotes among all coaches. However, we have a slightly different opinion. Memphis has become one of the most progressive teams in the NBA. Last season, the team finished second in the Western Conference (56 wins, 26 losses). Without belittling the talent of the team’s young players, it was Jenkins who helped Memphis to strengthen against the backdrop of a large number of injuries. If the Grizzlies can take the next step, which many believe, they will solidify as title contenders. In this case, Jenkins and star guard Ja Morant will certainly get a lot of attention, and the coach could well claim the award of the best specialist of the season.

Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors)

If we consider the quotes of bookmakers, then the specialist from Toronto is already in 12th place in the list of contenders. But is it really so bad? The Toronto Raptors rocked the league in the 2021–22 season with a 48–34 record. The team that many expected to be at the bottom of the standings were suddenly in 5th place and looked like they could really go far in the playoff bracket. However, they didn’t, but at the same time, the head coach managed to reveal the talent of Scotty Barnes, who became the rookie of the year. Nurse always instills a defensive mindset in his teams, and if he can elevate the Raptors to one of the best defensive teams in the league, as well as reach the top half of the standings, there’s no doubt that Nurse could be manager of the year.

Monty Williams (Phinnix Suns)

Monty Williams coached the Phoenix Suns last season and won the 2022 Coach of the Year award with a league-leading 64-18 record. It was the highlight of the Suns season because after that they went through a lot of embarrassment in the playoffs, went through a lot of drama off the field, and fell out of favor with NBA fans. If Williams can solidify the team as a championship contender, deal with his ego, help the Finnix turn this dark page in franchise history, he may very well return to his former victorious state and win the prestigious award again.

JB Bickerstaff (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Bookmakers quote this specialist very highly (2nd place among applicants), since Cleveland really looks like the most progressive team in the National Basketball Association. The Cavaliers have a lot of young players who can solve problems, with Utah’s Donovan Mitchell coming in the offseason. Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff will need to manage another young star in the team’s roster and take it to the playoffs. While the expectations are incredibly high, if Bickerstaff can meet or even exceed them, he should win the best coach of the year award without any problems.