Nate McMillan

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Nate McMillan
Nate McMillan with Oregon National Guard cropped.jpg
McMillan visiting the Oregon National Guard
Indiana Pacers
Assistant coach
Personal information
Born(1964-08-03) August 3, 1964 (age 50)
Raleigh, North Carolina
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolWilliam G. Enloe
(Raleigh, North Carolina)
CollegeChowan (1982–1984)
NC State (1984–1986)
NBA draft1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Pro career1986–1998
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
Number10
Coaching career2000–present
Career history
As player:
19861998Seattle SuperSonics
As coach:
20002005Seattle SuperSonics
20052012Portland Trail Blazers
2013–presentIndiana Pacers (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points4,733 (5.9 ppg)
Assists4,893 (6.1 apg)
Steals1,544 (1.9 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Nate McMillan
Nate McMillan with Oregon National Guard cropped.jpg
McMillan visiting the Oregon National Guard
Indiana Pacers
Assistant coach
Personal information
Born(1964-08-03) August 3, 1964 (age 50)
Raleigh, North Carolina
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolWilliam G. Enloe
(Raleigh, North Carolina)
CollegeChowan (1982–1984)
NC State (1984–1986)
NBA draft1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Pro career1986–1998
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
Number10
Coaching career2000–present
Career history
As player:
19861998Seattle SuperSonics
As coach:
20002005Seattle SuperSonics
20052012Portland Trail Blazers
2013–presentIndiana Pacers (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points4,733 (5.9 ppg)
Assists4,893 (6.1 apg)
Steals1,544 (1.9 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Nathaniel "Nate" McMillan (born August 3, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player. He coached the Seattle SuperSonics from 2000 to 2005, and the Portland Trail Blazers from 2005 to 2012.

Early life and college career[edit]

McMillan grew up in the heart of North Carolina's basketball country and attended Raleigh's William G. Enloe High School, where he went unnoticed by major college scouts. After a brief basketball career at Chowan College in Murfreesboro, North Carolina,[citation needed][1] he returned to Raleigh to play for Jim Valvano at North Carolina State University, before entering the NBA. McMillan helped lead NC State to a first place tie in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season in 1985, and the Elite Eight in both the 1985 and 1986 NCAA Championship Tournaments.

NBA career[edit]

McMillan was drafted by the Sonics with the 30th pick in the 1986 draft. He would spend his entire NBA career in Seattle. During his 12-year playing career, McMillan put up career averages of 5.9 points, 6.1 assists and 1.9 steals. He still shares (with Ernie DiGregorio) the NBA rookie record for assists in a single game with 25. McMillan played as the starting point guard position for the Sonics for most of his career.[2] McMillan was known for his superb defense, leading the NBA in steals per game for the 1993-94 season and being named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. McMillan was also known for his balanced play, which led to four career triple-doubles. Known as "Mr. Sonic" for his 19 years of service to the team, his #10 jersey was retired by the Sonics. He was also known to be one third of the "Big Mac" team of the Seattle SuperSonics in the late 80's and early 90's, the others being Xavier McDaniel and Derrick McKey.

Coaching career[edit]

Seattle SuperSonics[edit]

After retiring in 1998, McMillan stayed with the Seattle franchise, earning a place as an assistant coach. He held this role until 2000, when he was named interim coach of the Sonics. Although the team missed the playoffs during his first year as coach, he provided a major turnaround after the franchise got off to a miserable start that year, and he was hired as head coach for the next 2001-02 campaign. McMillan led the clubs to the playoffs in his second year before back-to-back mediocre seasons. In his final year as Sonics coach, McMillan led the team to a Northwest Division title in 2005.

Portland Trail Blazers[edit]

After 19 years with the Seattle organization, McMillan left Seattle on July 7, 2005 to become the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. He took over a team riddled with cap problems and off-the-court drama, but steadily calmed the waters in Portland.

USA[edit]

McMillan was an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski for the US national team in the 2006 FIBA World Championship and in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning bronze and gold medals, respectively.[3] He is also a member of the National Junior College Basketball Hall of Fame, due to his All-American performance at Chowan.

On December 5, 2009, McMillan ruptured his right Achilles tendon while scrimmaging with the Trail Blazers during practice.[4] McMillian coached much of the season in a protective boot after surgery and led the team to 50 wins in spite of a historic number of injuries to his key players.

On March 15, 2012, McMillan was fired as the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers.[5]

McMillan again served as an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski for the US national team during the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

Indiana Pacers[edit]

On July 1, 2013, McMillan was hired by the Indiana Pacers as an assistant coach for the 2013–14 season.[6] He replaced Brian Shaw, who accepted the head coaching position with the Denver Nuggets.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]

Legend
Regular seasonGGames coachedWGames wonLGames lostW–L %Win-loss %
Post seasonPGPlayoff gamesPWPlayoff winsPLPlayoff lossesPW–L %Playoff win-loss %
TeamYearGWLW–L%FinishPGPWPLPW–L%Result
SEA2000–01673829.5675th in PacificMissed Playoffs
SEA2001–02824537.5494th in Pacific523.400Lost in First Round
SEA2002–03824042.4885th in PacificMissed Playoffs
SEA2003–04823745.4515th in PacificMissed Playoffs
SEA2004–05825230.6341st in Northwest1165.545Lost in Conf. Semifinals
POR2005–06822161.2565th in NorthwestMissed Playoffs
POR2006–07823250.3903rd in NorthwestMissed Playoffs
POR2007–08824141.5003rd in NorthwestMissed Playoffs
POR2008–09825428.6591st in Northwest624.333Lost in First Round
POR2009–10825032.6103rd in Northwest624.333Lost in First Round
POR2010–11824834.5853rd in Northwest624.333Lost in First Round
POR2011–12432023.465(fired)
Career930478452.514341420.412

Personal life[edit]

McMillan's son Jamelle McMillan played as a guard for the Arizona State Sun Devils.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

8. ^http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/mcmilna01.html

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