Phoenix Suns: Top Five Coaching Candidates

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2) Nate McMillan 

Jan. 6, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Portland Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan during game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 102-77. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

McMillan has been around the game for awhile. As a player he played for the Seattle Supersonics from 1986-1998 and ultimately became the coach of the Sonics in 2000, but he was let go after five seasons.

McMillan’s most recent work was his six-year stint as head coach with the Portland Trail Blazers. During his first three seasons with the Blazers his team failed to make the playoffs, however after the 2007-2008 season, the Blazers made the playoffs for three straight seasons but after starting the 2011-2012 season with a 20-23 record, McMillan was fired.

Nate McMillan brings a lot to the table as a head coach. Much like Shaw, McMillan is one of the most respected people around the league and his tough-nosed defense coaching style is very similar to that of Tom Thibodeau’s.

McMillan has recorded 478 wins as a head coach and has won 14 playoff games. Unfortunately McMillan’s squads has only gotten out of the first round just once; McMillan’s Sonics lost in the western semi-finals in 2005 to the San Antonio Spurs in six games.

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Topics: Brian Shaw, Byron Scott, Elston Turner, Jeff Hornacek, Nate Mcmillan, NBA, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Suns Coach

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