The Info List - Nate McMillan

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Nathaniel McMillan (born August 3, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player who is currently the head coach for the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
of the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA). He coached the Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
from 2000 to 2005, and the Portland Trail Blazers from 2005 to 2012.


1 Early life and college career 2 NBA
career 3 Coaching career

3.1 Seattle SuperSonics 3.2 Portland Trail Blazers 3.3 USA 3.4 Indiana Pacers

4 Head coaching record 5 Personal life 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

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 playing for two years at Chowan College
Chowan College
(then a two-year school) in Murfreesboro, North Carolina,[1][2] he returned to Raleigh to play for Jim Valvano
Jim Valvano
at North Carolina State, before entering the NBA. McMillan helped lead NC State to a first place tie in the Atlantic Coast Conference
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.[3] 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
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. In the 1995–96 season, McMillan helped the Sonics reach the NBA Finals against the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. McMillan's Sonics were the only team to beat the Bulls three times that season (once in the regular season and twice in the playoffs).[4] Known as "Mr. Sonic" for his 19 years of service to the team, his No. 10 jersey was retired by the Seattle SuperSonics. He was also known to be one third of the "Big Mac" team of the Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
in the late 80's and early 90's, the others being Xavier McDaniel and Derrick McKey.[citation needed] Coaching career[edit] Seattle SuperSonics[edit] After retiring in 1998, McMillan stayed in Seattle as an assistant under Paul Westphal. He held this role until 2000, when the Sonics fired Westphal and made McMillan interim coach. Although the team missed the playoffs during his first year, he earned a winning record of 38–29 as interim head coach. He was hired as head coach for the 2001–02 campaign and led the club to the playoffs.[5] As a result, he was named permanent head coach after the season. McMillan's Sonics had mediocre records the next two years, going 40–42 and 37–45. In the 2004–05 season, McMillan led the team to 52–30 record in the regular season.[5] The team advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals, where they lost to the San Antonio Spurs.[6] Portland Trail Blazers[edit] After 19 years in Seattle, McMillan left Seattle on July 6, 2005, to become the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers.[7] He took over a team riddled with cap problems and off-the-court drama, but steadily calmed the waters in Portland. His hard-nosed coaching style earned him the nickname "Sarge."[4] McMillan coached the Blazers until 2012.[8] USA[edit] McMillan was an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski
Mike Krzyzewski
for the US national team in the 2006 FIBA World Championship
2006 FIBA World Championship
and in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning bronze and gold medals, respectively.[9] 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
Achilles tendon
while scrimmaging with the Trail Blazers during practice.[10] McMillan 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.[citation needed] On March 15, 2012, McMillan was fired as the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers.[11] McMillan again served as an assistant coach under Krzyzewski for the US national team during the 2012 London Summer Olympics.[12] Indiana Pacers[edit] On July 1, 2013, McMillan was hired by the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
as an assistant coach for the 2013–14 season.[13] He replaced Brian Shaw, who accepted the head coaching position with the Denver Nuggets.[14] In May 2016, after former head coach Frank Vogel's contract was not extended, McMillan was promoted to replace Vogel as the Pacers' coach.[15] Head coaching record[edit]


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %

Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %

Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result

Seattle 2000–01 67 38 29 .567 5th in Pacific — — — — Missed Playoffs

Seattle 2001–02 82 45 37 .549 4th in Pacific 5 2 3 .400 Lost in First Round

Seattle 2002–03 82 40 42 .488 5th in Pacific — — — — Missed Playoffs

Seattle 2003–04 82 37 45 .451 5th in Pacific — — — — Missed Playoffs

Seattle 2004–05 82 52 30 .634 1st in Northwest 11 6 5 .545 Lost in Conference Semifinals

Portland 2005–06 82 21 61 .256 5th in Northwest — — — — Missed Playoffs

Portland 2006–07 82 32 50 .390 3rd in Northwest — — — — Missed Playoffs

Portland 2007–08 82 41 41 .500 3rd in Northwest — — — — Missed Playoffs

Portland 2008–09 82 54 28 .659 1st in Northwest 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round

Portland 2009–10 82 50 32 .610 3rd in Northwest 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round

Portland 2010–11 82 48 34 .585 3rd in Northwest 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round

Portland 2011–12 43 20 23 .465 (fired) — — — — —

Indiana 2016–17 82 42 40 .512 4th in Central 4 0 4 .000 Lost in First Round

Career 1012 520 492 .514

34 14 24 .368

Personal life[edit] McMillan's son Jamelle McMillan played as a guard for the Arizona State Sun Devils[16] and is currently an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans. See also[edit]

List of National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
career steals leaders List of National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
players with most assists in a game


^ "Nate McMillian". The Official Athletics Site of the Chowan University Hawks. Chowan University. Retrieved 31 January 2017.  ^ "Nate McMillan". NBA.  ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/mcmilna01.html ^ a b Buckner, Candace (16 May 2016). "Insider: 10 things to know about new Pacers coach Nate McMillan". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 20 May 2016.  ^ a b " Nate McMillan
Nate McMillan
Coaching Record". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 20 May 2016.  ^ "2004-2005 Seattle Supersonics". Pointafter.com. Retrieved 20 May 2016.  ^ "Trail Blazers hire Nate McMillan". Billings Gazette. July 6, 2005. Retrieved May 21, 2016.  ^ Buckner, Candace. " Nate McMillan
Nate McMillan
finalizing negotiations to be Pacers coach" (May 15, 2016). Indianapolis Star. Retrieved May 20, 2016.  ^ 2006 USA Basketball
Archived 2007-10-14 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Blazers' injuries, ailments continue to pile up". The Oregonian. December 8, 2009. Retrieved April 24, 2010.  ^ Tokito, Mike. "Trail Blazers fire Nate McMillan
Nate McMillan
as coach; assistant Kaleb Canales will finish season as interim coach". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 15, 2012.  ^ "USA Basketball: Nate McMillan". archive.usab.com. January 23, 2013. Archived from the original on January 30, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2018.  ^ Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
hire Nate McMillan
Nate McMillan
as associate head coach ^ http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/sports/pacers_and_nba/pacers-hire-nate-mcmillan ^ "Pacers Name Nate McMillan
Nate McMillan
Head Coach". NBA.com. May 16, 2016. Retrieved May 18, 2016.  ^ http://thesundevils.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/mcmillan_jamelle00.html

External links[edit]

Career NBA
stats as a player Career NBA
stats as a coach

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Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
current roster

0 Poythress 1 Stephenson 2 Collison 3 J. Young 4 Oladipo 5 Sumner (TW) 6 Joseph 11 Sabonis 15 Anigbogu 20 Booker 21 T. Young 22 Leaf 25 Jefferson 26 Moore (TW) 33 Turner 40 Robinson 44 Bogdanović

Head coach: McMillan Assistant coaches: Bayno Burke Jones McClure

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Current head coaches of the National Basketball

Eastern Conference


Brad Stevens
Brad Stevens
(Boston Celtics) Kenny Atkinson (Brooklyn Nets) Jeff Hornacek
Jeff Hornacek
(New York Knicks) Brett Brown
Brett Brown
(Philadelphia 76ers) Dwane Casey
Dwane Casey
(Toronto Raptors)


Fred Hoiberg
Fred Hoiberg
(Chicago Bulls) Tyronn Lue
Tyronn Lue
(Cleveland Cavaliers) Stan Van Gundy
Stan Van Gundy
(Detroit Pistons) Nate McMillan
Nate McMillan
(Indiana Pacers) Joe Prunty (Milwaukee Bucks)


Mike Budenholzer
Mike Budenholzer
(Atlanta Hawks) Steve Clifford
Steve Clifford
(Charlotte Hornets) Erik Spoelstra
Erik Spoelstra
(Miami Heat) Frank Vogel
Frank Vogel
(Orlando Magic) Scott Brooks
Scott Brooks
(Washington Wizards)

Western Conference


Michael Malone (Denver Nuggets) Tom Thibodeau
Tom Thibodeau
(Minnesota Timberwolves) Billy Donovan
Billy Donovan
(Oklahoma City Thunder) Terry Stotts
Terry Stotts
(Portland Trail Blazers) Quin Snyder
Quin Snyder
(Utah Jazz)


Steve Kerr
Steve Kerr
(Golden State Warriors) Doc Rivers
Doc Rivers
(Los Angeles Clippers) Luke Walton
Luke Walton
(Los Angeles Lakers) Jay Triano
Jay Triano
(Phoenix Suns) Dave Joerger
Dave Joerger
(Sacramento Kings)


Rick Carlisle
Rick Carlisle
(Dallas Mavericks) Mike D'Antoni
Mike D'Antoni
(Houston Rockets) J. B. Bickerstaff (Memphis Grizzlies) Alvin Gentry
Alvin Gentry
(New Orleans Pelicans) Gregg Popovich
Gregg Popovich
(San Antonio Spurs)

Nate McMillan—coaching teanures, awards and honors

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Oklahoma City Thunder head coaches

Al Bianchi (1967–1969) Lenny Wilkens
Lenny Wilkens
(1969–1972) Tom Nissalke (1972–1973) Bucky Buckwalter # (1973) Bill Russell
Bill Russell
(1973–1977) Bob Hopkins (1977) Lenny Wilkens
Lenny Wilkens
(1977–1985) Bernie Bickerstaff
Bernie Bickerstaff
(1985–1990) K. C. Jones
K. C. Jones
(1990–1992) Bob Kloppenburg # (1992) George Karl
George Karl
(1992–1998) Paul Westphal
Paul Westphal
(1998–2000) Nate McMillan
Nate McMillan
(2000–2005) Bob Weiss (2005–2006) Bob Hill
Bob Hill
(2006–2007) P. J. Carlesimo (2007–2008) Scott Brooks
Scott Brooks
(2008–2015) Billy Donovan
Billy Donovan
(2015– )

(#) denotes interim head coach.

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Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
head coaches

Rolland Todd (1970–1972) Stu Inman # (1972) Jack McCloskey
Jack McCloskey
(1972–1974) Lenny Wilkens
Lenny Wilkens
(1974–1976) Jack Ramsay (1976–1986) Mike Schuler (1986–1988) Rick Adelman
Rick Adelman
(1988–1994) P. J. Carlesimo (1994–1997) Mike Dunleavy (1997–2001) Maurice Cheeks
Maurice Cheeks
(2001–2005) Kevin Pritchard
Kevin Pritchard
# (2005) Nate McMillan
Nate McMillan
(2005–2012) Kaleb Canales # (2012) Terry Stotts
Terry Stotts
(2012– )

(#) denotes interim head coach.

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Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
head coaches

Larry Staverman
Larry Staverman
(1967–1968) Bobby Leonard
Bobby Leonard
(1968–1980) Jack McKinney (1980–1984) George Irvine (1984–1986) Jack Ramsay (1986–1988) Mel Daniels
Mel Daniels
(1988) George Irvine (1988–1989) Dick Versace (1989–1990) Bob Hill
Bob Hill
(1990–1993) Larry Brown (1993–1997) Larry Bird
Larry Bird
(1997–2000) Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas
(2000–2003) Rick Carlisle
Rick Carlisle
(2003–2007) Jim O'Brien (2007–2011) Frank Vogel
Frank Vogel
(2011–2016) Nate McMillan
Nate McMillan
(2016– )

(#) denotes interim head coach.

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1986 NBA

First round

Brad Daugherty Len Bias Chris Washburn Chuck Person Kenny Walker William Bedford Roy Tarpley Ron Harper Brad Sellers Johnny Dawkins John Salley John Williams Dwayne Washington Walter Berry Dell Curry Maurice Martin Harold Pressley Mark Alarie Billy Thompson Buck Johnson Anthony Jones Scott Skiles Ken Barlow Arvydas Sabonis

Second round

Mark Price Greg Dreiling Dennis Rodman Larry Krystkowiak Johnny Newman Nate McMillan Joe Ward Cedric Henderson Kevin Duckworth Johnny Rogers Milt Wagner Steve Mitchell Panagiotis Fasoulas Lemone Lampley Rafael Addison Gus Binelli Otis Smith Ron Kellogg Dave Feitl David Wingate Keith Smith Jeff Hornacek Michael Jackson

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season steals leaders

1974: Steele 1975: Barry 1976: Watts 1977: Buse 1978: Lee 1979: Carr 1980: Richardson 1981: Johnson 1982: Johnson 1983: Richardson 1984: Green 1985: Richardson 1986: Robertson 1987: Robertson 1988: Jordan 1989: Stockton 1990: Jordan 1991: Robertson 1992: Stockton 1993: Jordan 1994: McMillan 1995: Pippen 1996: Payton 1997: Blaylock 1998: Blaylock 1999: Gill 2000: Jones 2001: Iverson 2002: Iverson 2003: Iverson 2004: Davis 2005: Hughes 2006: Wallace 2007: Davis 2008: Paul 2009: Paul 2010: Rondo 2011: Paul 2012: Paul 2013: Paul 2014: Paul 2015: Leonard 2016: