17 Facts About Nate McMillan


Nathaniel McMillan was born on August 3,1964 and is an American basketball coach and former player who previously served as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association.


Nate McMillan coached the Seattle SuperSonics from 2000 to 2005, the Portland Trail Blazers from 2005 to 2012, and the Indiana Pacers from 2016 to 2020.


Nate McMillan spent his entire 12-year NBA playing career with the SuperSonics, then served as an assistant coach for one-and-a-half years and as head coach for almost five years.


Nate McMillan helped lead NC State to a first-place tie in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season in 1985, and to the Elite Eight in both the 1985 and 1986 NCAA Championship Tournaments, where the Wolfpack lost to St John's and Kansas, respectively.


Nate McMillan was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 30th pick in the 1986 NBA draft.


Nate McMillan was known for his balanced play, which led to four career triple-doubles.


Nate McMillan was known to be one third of the "Big Mac" trio of the SuperSonics in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the others being Xavier McDaniel and Derrick McKey.

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Nate McMillan held this role until 2000 when the Sonics fired Westphal and made McMillan interim coach.


Nate McMillan took over a team riddled with cap problems and off-the-court drama, but steadily calmed the waters in Portland.


Nate 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.


Nate McMillan replaced Brian Shaw, who accepted the head coaching position with the Denver Nuggets.


In May 2016, after former head coach Frank Vogel's contract was not extended, Nate McMillan was promoted to replace Vogel as the Pacers' coach.


On March 1,2021, Nate McMillan was named interim head coach after the firing of Pierce.


Nate 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.


Nate McMillan is a member of the National Junior College Basketball Hall of Fame, due to his All-American performance at Chowan.


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


Nate McMillan's son Jamelle played as a guard for the Arizona State Sun Devils and was an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans from 2013 to 2020.