Nate McMillan Biography
Nathaniel McMillan is a popular American basketball coach and former player currently serving as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. He has coached several teams including the Seattle SuperSonics from 2000 to 2005, the Portland Trail Blazers from 2005 to 2012 as well as the Indiana Pacers from 2016 to 2020.
McMillan spent his whole 12-year NBA playing career with the SuperSonics and later worked as an assistant coach for one-and-a-half years and as head coach for nearly five years.
Nate McMillan Age
Nate McMillan was born on August 3, 1964, in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America. He is 59 years old.
Nate McMillan Height
McMillan is a man of tall stature and stands at a height of 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m).
Nate McMillan Family
He was born to his caring and supportive mother, Jeanette Tyson, and his father in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America. He was raised alongside his three siblings, although he has not disclosed the names of his father and siblings.
Nate McMillan Wife
He is happily married to his lovely wife Michelle McMillan. She was born on August 14, 1964, in North Carolina. She played basketball at Hickory High School located in North Carolina. The adorable couple has been together for more than 3 decades and they are blessed with two pretty children.
Nate McMillan Children
He is a proud father of two lovely children named Jamelle McMillan and Brittany McMillan.
Nate McMillan Education
He enrolled at Enloe Magnet High School. Later he joined Chowan College from 1982-1984 before transferring to North Carolina State University where he graduated in 1986.
Nate McMillan Salary
He receives an average salary of $3 million annually.
Nate McMillan Net Worth
Nate Mcmillan has over the years managed to garner a hefty fortune and has an estimated net worth of $8 million.
Nate McMillan Career
He was recruited by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 30th pick in the 1986 NBA draft. Mcmillan spent his whole NBA career in Seattle. Throughout his 12-year playing career, he put up career averages of 5.9 points, 1.9 steals, and 6.1 assists. Mcmillan still shares the NBA rookie record for assists (with Ernie DiGregorio) in a single game with 25.
He worked as the main starting point guard for the SuperSonics from the time he succeeded Danny Young midway through the 1986-87 season, until he was replaced by future NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton at the start of the 1990-91 season, then a rookie as well as the number two pick in the 1990 draft. He was popular for his incredible defense, leading the NBA in steals per game for the 1993–94 season and being detailed to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons respectively. He was also famous for his balanced play, which resulted in four career triple-doubles.
He helped the SuperSonics reach the NBA Finals against the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in the 1995–96 season, becoming the only team to beat the Bulls thrice that season (two times in the playoffs and once in the regular season). The SuperSonics retired his number 10 jersey. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, McMillan was also known to be one-third of the “Big Mac” trio of the SuperSonics, the others being Derrick McKey and Xavier McDaniel.
Upon retiring in 1998, he stayed in Seattle as an assistant under Paul Westphal and held this position until 2000 when the Sonics fired Westphal and named McMillan the interim coach. McMillan earned a winning record of 38–29 as interim head coach although the team missed the playoffs during his first year. In the 2001–02 season, he was hired as head coach leading the club to the playoffs.
He Sonics had mediocre records the next two years, going 40–42 and 37–45. McMillan led the team to a 52–30 record in the regular season in the 2004–05 season. The team progressed to the Western Conference Semifinals, where they lost to the San Antonio Spurs.
On July 6, 2005, McMillan left Seattle after spending 19 years in Seattle as a player and coach to become the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. He ruptured his right Achilles tendon on December 5, 2009, while scrimmaging with the Trail Blazers during practice. McMillan coached most of the season in a protective boot after surgery. He coached the Blazers up to March 15, 2012.
On July 1, 2013, he was hired as an assistant coach by the Indiana Pacers for the 2013–14 season, replacing Brian Shaw, who took the head coaching role with the Denver Nuggets. In May 2016, was promoted to replace Vogel as the Pacers’ coach after former head coach Frank Vogel’s contract was not extended.
In his first year as head coach, the team experienced unrest surrounding the displeasure and eventual departure of All-Star Paul George, who was traded in June 2017 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Indiana announced that they had extended McMillan’s contract on August 12, 2020. However, on August 26, 2020, McMillan was then fired after the Pacers were swept in the first round of the playoffs for the second year in a row.
On 11th November 2020, he was hired by the Atlanta Hawks as an assistant coach under Lloyd Pierce. He was named interim head coach after the firing of Pierce on March 1, 2021. After his promotion, Atlanta quickly went on an eight-game winning streak, starting with a victory over the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat on 2nd March 2021. He led the Hawks to their first-ever win in the Conference Finals, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 116–113 in Game 1. The Hawks would however lose the series in six games.
McMillan served as an assistant coach for the US national team under Mike Krzyzewski in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in the 2006 FIBA World Championship winning gold and bronze medals, respectively. McMillan is also a member of the National Junior College Basketball Hall of Fame for his All-American performance at Chowan. Moreover, he was an assistant coach under Krzyzewski for the US national team during the 2012 London Summer Olympics.