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Hammon Underdog on NBA Coaching Odds

Hammon Underdog on NBA Coaching Odds

The Milwaukee Bucks made yet another early exit from the NBA playoffs this spring, falling in seven games to the Boston Celtics. The Bucks’ disappointing postseason performance marks their ninth straight playoff series loss since 2001.

And that has raised speculation about who will take over the reins as the club’s head coach next season, with former WNBA star Becky Hammon emerging as a +325 bet to get the nod, and become the first female head coach in NBA history.

The Bucks are coming off yet another tumultuous campaign, stumbling to a 23-22 start that led to the firing of head coach Jason Kidd. Long-time assistant coach Joe Prunty was subsequently handed the interim coaching tag by the club, and made a strong case to earn his first full-time gig as an NBA head coach by leading the Bucks to a respectable 21-16 record down the stretch, and their highest win total since 2010.

However, Milwaukee’s dismal performance in NBA postseason action over the past two decades has taken its toll on those charged with the task of being the Bucks’ head coach. The club has churned through eight head coaches since George Karl, the last bench boss to lead the Bucks to a playoff series win, was fired following the 2002/03 NBA campaign.

But desperate times may call for desperate measures, and the Bucks could do a lot worse in their search for a head coach than Hammon, who has accomplished the feat of making the seamless transition from legendary presence on the court to successful coach.

Hammon went undrafted after earning All-American honors in three straight seasons of NCAA action with the Colorado State Rams, which included one trip to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen, but quickly emerged as a star after being signed by the WNBA’s New York Liberty.

 

Hammon was a Six-Time WNBA All-Star

The native of Rapid City, South Dakota would go on to be named as a WNBA All-Star on six occasions during a 15-year playing career that also featured seven seasons with the San Antonio Stars. Hammon quickly transitioned to coaching after her playing days ended in 2014, and has received accolades for her performance working under Gregg Popovich as an assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs.

However, despite owning credentials that would be the envy of most NBA coaching candidates, the odds on Becky Hammon coaching in the NBA next season are currently not in her favor, with the former Olympian pegged as a -550 bet to not be in the coach’s box for the Bucks for the first game of the 2018/19 NBA season.

Whoever takes over the reins in Milwaukee next season will be inheriting a tough task. While the Bucks are coming off their strongest regular-season performance since going 46-36 during the 2009/10 NBA season, they have generated a dismal 14-32 win/loss record in eight straight opening-round playoff series losses.

In addition to their middling performances on the hardwood, the Bucks also proved to be a massive disappointment to bettors this season, stumbling to a mediocre 35-44-3 record against the spread, including a 13-26-2 ATS mark on home hardwood.

 

*Odds as of May 11, 2018

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