Nate went to college at North Carolina State. He was named head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers on July 7, 2005. Nate joins the Trail Blazers after serving as Head Coach of the Seattle Supersonics since November 27, 2000, compiling a record of 212-183 (.537). In 2004-05, he led the Sonics to a 52-30 record and a Northwest Division Championship.
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 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. Known as "Mr. Sonic" for his 19 years of service to the team, his #10 jersey was retired by the Sonics.