NATHANIEL MCMILLAN (born August 3, 1964) is an American basketball
coach and former player who is currently the head coach for the
* 1 Early life and college career * 2 NBA career
* 3 Coaching career
* 4 Head coaching record * 5 Personal life * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links
EARLY LIFE AND COLLEGE CAREER
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 , he returned to
Raleigh to play for
Jim Valvano at North Carolina State , before
entering the NBA. McMillan helped lead NC State to a first place tie
Atlantic Coast Conference
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. 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 .
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).
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
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, 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.
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. The team advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals, where they lost to the San Antonio Spurs.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
After 19 years with the Seattle organization, McMillan left Seattle on July 6, 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. His hard-nosed coaching style earned him the nickname "sarge." McMillan coached the Blazers until 2012.
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. He
is also a member of the National Junior College
On December 5, 2009, McMillan ruptured his right Achilles tendon while scrimmaging with the Trail Blazers during practice. 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.
On March 15, 2012, McMillan was fired as the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers.
McMillan again served as an assistant coach under Krzyzewski for the US national team during the 2012 London Summer Olympics .
On July 1, 2013, McMillan was hired by the
HEAD COACHING RECORD
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
McMillan's son Jamelle McMillan played as a guard for the Arizona State Sun Devils and is currently an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans.
* List of
National Basketball Association
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* ^ http://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
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