The Pacers were the surprise darling of the the NBA last season as a team many projected to be near the top of the lottery finished with 48 wins and the 5th seed in the eastern conference.
Victor Oladipo flashed the star potential that made him the No.2 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and young players like Damontas Sabonis and role players like Bojan Bogdanovic stepped up across the board.
That is usually a sign of good coaching and the Pacers are rewarding their head coach Nate McMillan for their success.
McMillan had one guaranteed year left on his deal. Pacers won 48 games, earned 5th seed in East and took Cavs to seven games in first-round series. https://t.co/MPO8pK6hss
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 1, 2018
It has been a surprising turnaround for a coach like McMillan as his slower, plodding style and schemes as a coach make many around the league view him as somewhat of a dinosaur.
Many thought he wouldn’t get another head coaching gig after Portland and were surprised when he got the Indiana job after well-respected coach Frank Vogel was fired.
We will see if he can help the Pacers take another step forward this season.