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McMillan visiting the Oregon National Guard
August 3, 1964 |
Raleigh, North Carolina
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (196 cm)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||William G. Enloe
(Raleigh, North Carolina)
NC State (1984–1986)
|NBA draft||1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30th overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|Pro playing career||1986–1998|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|2005–2012||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2013–present||Indiana Pacers (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||4,733 (5.9 ppg)|
|Assists||4,893 (6.1 apg)|
|Steals||1,544 (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
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 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.
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. 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.
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
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.
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 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. 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.
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 %|
|SEA||2000–01||67||38||29||.567||5th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|SEA||2001–02||82||45||37||.549||4th in Pacific||5||2||3||.400||Lost in First Round|
|SEA||2002–03||82||40||42||.488||5th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|SEA||2003–04||82||37||45||.451||5th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|SEA||2004–05||82||52||30||.634||1st in Northwest||11||6||5||.545||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|POR||2005–06||82||21||61||.256||5th in Northwest||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|POR||2006–07||82||32||50||.390||3rd in Northwest||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|POR||2007–08||82||41||41||.500||3rd in Northwest||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|POR||2008–09||82||54||28||.659||1st in Northwest||6||2||4||.333||Lost in First Round|
|POR||2009–10||82||50||32||.610||3rd in Northwest||6||2||4||.333||Lost in First Round|
|POR||2010–11||82||48||34||.585||3rd in Northwest||6||2||4||.333||Lost in First Round|
- List of National Basketball Association career steals leaders
- List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game
- 2006 USA Basketball
- "Blazers' injuries, ailments continue to pile up". The Oregonian. December 8, 2009. Retrieved April 24, 2010.
- Tokito, Mike (March 15, 2012). "Trail Blazers fire Nate McMillan as coach; assistant Kaleb Canales will finish season as interim coach". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
- Indiana Pacers hire Nate McMillan as associate head coach