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Nate McMillan | Guard

Team: Indiana Pacers
Age / DOB:  (52) / 8/3/1964
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 200
College: North Carolina State
Drafted: 1986 / Rd. 2 (6) / OKC
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Pacers coach Nate McMillan plans to deploy a nine-man rotation this season, though he said that exceptional performances could force him to use 10 players.
The nine players with assured roles are Jeff Teague, Monta Ellis, Paul George, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner, Aaron Brooks, Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Miles and Al Jefferson. Barring an injury or two among that group, most fantasy owners can safely ignore players like Glenn Robinson III and Lavoy Allen on draft day. Sep 28 - 9:42 PM
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Coach Nate McMillan said the Pacers have built a roster to run at a faster pace.

Pacers picking up pace? Sounds fitting. Anyway, McMillan's teams have typically been extremely slow. In his 12 seasons as a head coach, his teams ranked at an average of 24.9, and he ranked in the bottom three in seven of those 12 seasons. Fantasy owners should plan on the Pacers turning in some valuable fantasy output.
Sep 26 - 5:49 PM

Pacers coach Nate McMillan said that he wants the team to play at a faster pace next season.

"We want to try to play up tempo and faster," McMillan said. "We want to try and score more points and the focus will be defensively being better. Two years ago, we were a much better defensive team. I want to get back to us defending. Getting stops should be able to create opportunities to score more." McMillan has been a fan of traditional lineups in the past and the previous teams that he coached were always near the bottom of the league in terms of pace, so he definitely has his work cut out for him.
Jun 11 - 12:47 PM

Larry Bird said that he expects Nate McMillan to hold all of his players accountable.

"I think [in] our practice habits; I think respecting one another little more," Bird said when asked how the Pacers can improve under McMillan. "There’s a lot that goes into it but everyone has got to be held accountable, not just one or two guys. Everyone on the team, they’re all important. You don’t have team unless you have everyone pulling together and I think the coach is the guy who sets the tone for it and you treat everyone basically the same."
May 18 - 9:52 AM

The Pacers introduced Nate McMillan as their head coach on Monday.

McMillan, who has served as an assistant with Indiana since 2013, will be taking over for Frank Vogel on a three-year contract. Although he accepts the job with plenty of experience in the role, McMillan will be under a microscope considering the circumstances of Vogel's departure.
Source: NBA.com
May 16 - 12:41 PM

The Pacers are finalizing a deal to promote assistant Nate McMillan to head coach.

It's an interesting move for the Pacers after they decided not to bring back Frank Vogel. McMillan has plenty of head-coaching experience with the Seattle Sonics in 2000-05 and the Blazers from 2005-12. He's also been an assistant with the Pacers since 2013. President Larry Bird seems to want more pace, so McMillan likely had that part of the game in his pitch to get this job. Interestingly, McMillan's teams ranked in the bottom three for pace seven times in his 12 seasons.
May 14 - 9:22 PM

Nate McMillan is expected to interview with the Kings now that the Pacers season has concluded, according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.

This confirms a previous report that the Kings had requested permission to speak with McMillan once Indy's season came to a close. Although he won't be discussed or dissected as much as some other candidates in the mix, McMillan would be a very interesting choice for a Sacramento franchise in desperate need of a coach capable of growing with the team while connecting with DeMarcus Cousins.
May 2 - 9:43 AM

The Sacramento Kings have requested permission to interview Pacers assistant Nate McMillan once Indiana's season is over.

McMillan's Pacers will try to overcome a 3-2 deficit on Friday, but McMillan could be free to interview as soon as Saturday morning. The Kings have also been linked to a plethora of coaches for their vacant head coach position, so McMillan will have to stand out above a large crowd.
Apr 28 - 10:34 AM

Pacers assistant Nate McMillan has reportedly been contacted by the Lakers and Cavaliers about their vacant head coaching positions.

The report by CSNNW.com states that "two NBA teams with head coach openings" reached out to McMillan, and the only teams without a head coach are the Lakers and Cavs. The 49-year-old McMillan has head coaching experience with the Supersonics and Trail Blazers, and it wouldn't be shocking to see him take the reins of a franchise in the near future, but in spite of teams' apparent interest he doesn't have any interviews scheduled.
Source: CSNNW.com
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 09:53:00 AM

Nate McMillan is finalizing a deal to become the lead assistant on Frank Vogel's coaching staff, league sources tell Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

McMillian interviewed with several teams with head coaching vacancies this summer but eventually came up empty. He'll take the place of Brian Shaw, who was hired as head coach of the Nuggets, with the hopes of landing a head coaching gig next summer.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 12:32:00 PM

Nate McMillan met with Pacers coach Frank Vogel about joining Indiana's coaching staff.

"We’re going to look at a lot of different types of assistant coaches, but certainly I think it’s important to have a former player or two on your bench to share some of the experiences that our guys are going through," Vogel said. McMillan will get some consideration for the assistant job, but he's not a frontrunner at the moment.
Wed, Jun 26, 2013 09:19:00 AM

The Clippers are trying to set up an interview with Nate McMillan next week, according to the Los Angeles Times.

McMillan was supposed to meet with the Clippers last week but the meeting was cancelled. The Times reported at the time that McMillan might no longer be under consideration, but it appears the Clips might be moving on from their fascination with Doc Rivers to more realistic options. Brian Shaw, Byron Scott and Lionel Hollins have already impressed the team in interviews, according to the Times.
Sat, Jun 15, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Nate McMillan's interview with the Clippers has been canceled and he might no longer be under consideration for their head coach job, according to the Los Angeles Times.

An executive told the Times the team's interest in McMillan was lukewarm to begin with, so it makes sense for them to move on. The Nuggets are reportedly interested in McMillan, who is an assistant for the Thunder. The former Blazers coach was also one of two finalists for the Pistons job, which eventually went to Maurice Cheeks.
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 05:31:00 PM

The Nuggets are interested in Nate McMillan and Alvin Gentry to fill their coaching vacancy, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The Nuggets will also be looking at Lionel Hollins and Brian Shaw, but they might not be able to present a case like the Nets and Clippers can. On the other hand, the Nuggets do have some young talent and earned the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs. McMillan spent some time as an assistant for Team USA after his stint in Portland while Alvin Gentry was basically dealt a bad hand in Phoenix earlier this season.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 07:19:00 PM

The Pistons will make either Nate McMillan or Maurice Cheeks their new head coach, sources told the Detroit News.

The two were reported as finalists a while back, so this is a confirmation of what we already know. It's possible the Pistons could make their hire as soon as this week, but we've been hearing that for a while. It doesn't sound like Phil Jackson's "advisory role" in the coaching search played a huge part in locating the final candidates.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 09:09:00 AM