Hawks: Nate McMillan deservedly named NBA Coach of the Month for March

Nate McMillan

Nate McMillan has been named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for March.

McMillan has now coached 13 games as Atlanta’s interim head coach, going 9-4 in those matchups, including an eight-game win streak. Under him, the Hawks have meshed in every phase of the game — better team basketball on both ends of the court, increased focus, and consistent fourth-quarter play.

McMillan has insisted on getting back to team-first basketball, where his predecessor Lloyd Pierce preferred a free-flowing offense. The deliberate attempt to run more plays has resulted in more opportunities for John Collins and Bogdan Bogdanovic, which I talked about in an earlier article. The Hawks are moving the ball more and playing old-school basketball, getting everyone involved and meshing as a team. McMillan is an experienced coach and will surely get everything he can out of this team; barring any injuries; the Hawks could make a surprisingly deep playoff run.

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