2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11

Nate McMillan

(As of 1/23/13)
 

Serving 2006-09 and 2010-12 as an assistant coach for USA Basketball's Men's National Teams, former Portland Trail Blazers head coach and former NBA standout Nate McMillan helped resurrect the USA Basketball Men's National Team program.

All together, as a member of the USA National Team program McMillan has aided the U.S. to a remarkable 62-1 record and gold medal finishes at the 2012 London Olympic Games, 2010 FIBA World Championship, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.

Most recently, McMillan assisted the U.S. to an 8-0 record and gold medal performance at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Two years earlier, again with McMillan a member of the USA coaching staff, the USA finished a perfect 9-0 to earn the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championship. It was the USA’s first World Championship since 1994.

He was also an assistant coach for the USA National Team program from 2006-08 and helped the program to a striking 36-1 overall win-loss record.

The USA squad culminated the quadrennium by finishing 8-0 to reclaim the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the USA’s first gold in a major international competition since 2000. With McMillan assisting on the sidelines the USA National Team also won gold at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship with a 10-0 record to qualify the U.S. men for the 2008 Olympic Games. In the program’s first year, the U.S. captured the bronze medal with an 8-1 record at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.

Relieved of his Portland coaching duties on March 15, 2012, McMillan in his six-plus seasons as the Trail Blazers’ head coach compiled a 266-269 regular season win-loss record, while advancing teams to the NBA playoffs three times.

Overall, as a NBA head coach in 12 regular seasons he compiled a 478-452 win-loss mark (.516 winning percentage).

McMillan was named head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers on July 7, 2005, after serving as head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics for five seasons and compiling a record of 212-183 (.537 winning percentage).

In his third season, 2007-08, he led his team too a 41-41 record, Portland’s most wins since 2003-04 when they also collected 41.

In his fourth and fifth seasons in Portland he directed his teams to back-to-back 50 win or better records, collecting 54 win in 2008-09 and 50 in 2009-10, while posting 48 wins in 2010-11.

McMillan became the 15th youngest coach in NBA history to reach 400 wins with a March 12, 2010, victory at Sacramento. Fifteen days later, he earned his 191st win in Portland and passed Mike Dunleavy for third all-time among Portland head coaches.

Having spent his entire 12-year playing career with Seattle, McMillan was named the Sonics interim head coach on Nov. 27, 2000, after serving as assistant coach to Paul Westphal for the previous two seasons.

As the 12th head coach in the Seattle's history, and the youngest in the NBA at the time of his naming, he directed Seattle to a 38-29 record in the 2000-01 season. The Sonics removed the interim status from McMillan's title on Jan. 5, 2001, and signed him to a four-year contract on March 27. He led the Sonics to their most successful month in March as the team won 10 of 11 games.

In McMillan's first full NBA campaign as a head coach, he guided Seattle to a 45-37 regular season record and the seventh seed in the 2002 Western Conference Playoffs.

In 2004-05, McMillan led the Sonics to a 52-30 record, the league's sixth best record, and the Northwest Division Championship. He advanced his squad to the Western Conference semifinals before falling to the eventual champion, San Antonio, in six games.

As a player, McMillan was originally selected by the Sonics out of North Carolina State University with the 30th overall pick in the second round of the 1986 NBA Draft.

Spending his entire professional playing career in Seattle, he became affectionately known in the Seattle community as "Mr. Sonic." McMillan retired from his NBA playing days after the 1997-98 season and ranked as Seattle's all-time leader in assists (4893) and steals (1544). He now ranks second in both categories and ranks in the Sonics all-time top-10 in eight other statistical columns.

One of the top defensive players during his NBA career, McMillan was named to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team in 1994 and 1995. He led the league in steals in 1993-94, averaging a career-high 2.96 per game. On Feb. 23, 1987, versus the Los Angeles Clippers, McMillan tied the single-game rookie assist record when he handed out a career-high 25 – a record he still shares with Ernie DiGregorio.

In his 12 seasons with Seattle the team qualified for the postseason 11 times, and McMillan appeared in more playoff games (98) than anyone in team history. His dozen years as a Sonics player also ranks second only to Fred Brown in number of seasons served with the franchise.

On March 24, 1999, McMillan had his Sonics' number 10 jersey retired. He is just the fifth Sonics player in the history of the franchise to have his number retired, joining team legends Fred Brown, Jack Sikma, Lenny Wilkens and Gus Williams.

On March 19, 2001, the National Junior College Men's Basketball Coaches Association inducted McMillan into their Hall of Fame as a player. McMillan played for Chowan College in Murfreesboro, N.C., from 1982-83 to 1983-84, where he led the team to the 1984 NJCAA National Tournament and was named NJCAA All-American. He played his next two seasons for North Carolina State University.

Nate and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Jamelle and Brittany.

 
 
 
USA Basketball Coaching Record:
Team Position
Record
Pct. Record /Finish
2012 U.S. Olympic Team Assistant Coach

8-0

1.000

Gold Medal
2012 USA National Team Assistant Coach

5-0

1.000

N/A
2010 USA World Championship Team Assistant Coach

9-0

1.000

Gold Medal
2010 USA National Team Assistant Coach

4-0

1.000

N/A
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Assistant Coach

8-0

1.000

Gold Medal
2008 USA Senior National Team Assistant Coach

5-0

1.000

N/A
2007 USA Olympic Qualifying Team Assistant Coach
10-0

1.000

Gold Medal
2006 USA World Championship Team Assistant Coach
8-1

.889

Bronze Medal
2006 USA Senior National Team Assistant Coach
5-0

1.000

N/A
Totals 5 International Competitions
62-1
.984
4 Gold Medals
1 Bronze Medal



NBA Head Coaching Record:

Year NBA Team
Regular Season Record
Playoffs Record
Post Season / Notes
2011-12 Portland Trail Blazers
20-23
2010-11 Portland Trail Blazers
48-34
2-4
Western Conference First Round
2009-10 Portland Trail Blazers
50-32
2-4
Western Conference First Round
2008-09 Portland Trail Blazers
54-28
2-4
Western Conference First Round
2007-08 Portland Trail Blazers
41-41
-
-
2006-07 Portland Treail Blazers
32-50
-
-
2005-06 Portland Trail Blazers
21-61
-
-
2004-05 Seattle SuperSonics
52-30
6- 5
Western Conference Semifinals / Northwest Division Champions
2003-04 Seattle Supersonics
37-45
-
-
2002-03 Seattle SuperSonics
40-42
-
-
2001-02 Seattle SuperSonics
45-37
2- 3
-
2000-01 Seattle SuperSonics
38-29
-
-

 

Overall NBA Career Record (includes Regular Season and Playoff records): 492-472 (.510%) 12 Years
NBA Regular Season Career Record: 478-452 (.516%) 12 Years
NBA Playoffs Record: 14-20 (.420%) 5 Playoffs