Nate McMillan epitomized what it meant to be a team player and a member of the Seattle SuperSonics. Known as "Mr. Sonic," Nate spent his entire 12-year career with Seattle and retired as the Sonics' all-time leader in assists and steals. His 12 years as a player ranks second only to Fred Brown in number of years of service in the history of the franchise. Nate ranks in the Sonics' all-time top 10 in 10 different categories.
McMillan has appeared in more playoff games than any other Sonic in history.
One of the top defensive players in the NBA, Nate 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 vs. the LA Clippers, Nate 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-year career the Sonics qualified for the postseason 11 times, and he has appeared in more playoff games, 98, than anyone in team history.
McMillan's No. 10 was retired on Mar. 24, 1999 during a game vs. the Washington Wizards. After two seasons as a Sonics assistant coach, Nate became head coach on Nov. 27, 2000.