2) Nate McMillan
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.