This last four months has been wild for McMillan. From bottom dwellers to two wins from NBA Finals, the loss of ‘Interim’ from his title was eminent. Monday, according to Woj himself, McMillan signed a four-year deal with the Hawks to become their longterm head coach.
Enter Nate McMillan
Heading into the All-Star break, the Hawks were 14-20 and 11th in the East. On March 1, they fired Head Coach Lloyd Pierce and named McMillan interim HC. Since that point, Hawks have been arguably the hottest team in the NBA. They went 27-11 the remainder of the year, won the Southeast Division, upset the Knicks in the first round, had a miracle comeback against the 76ers to win that series and pushed the Milwaukee Bucks to the bring in the Eastern Conference Finals. I can assure you, every single person in Atlanta would have accepted this team knocking on the Finals door back in March.
Every. Single. Statistical. Category has been improved under McMillan. The team not only is clicking on all cylinders production-wise, but 1000% believe in themselves. The swagger they played with in Madison Square Garden was intense. Then they backed it up in Philly and almost again in Milwaukee.
Road to Coaching
If you focus on regular seasons, Nate McMillan has quite impressive record. In his last seven full seasons behind the bench, every team is above .500 and in the playoffs. Prior to Atlanta, McMillan was the head coach of the Pacers, where his last three seasons were all 2nd in the Central and floating around 60% winning percentage.
The problem has always been the playoffs.
While McMillan has a .535 overall winning percentage in the regular season, that drops to .321 in the playoffs. Outside of this run by the Hawks, his teams have been bounced in the first round 8 of 10 tries.
Yet you look at his back-to-back 48-34 seasons, followed by 45-28 shortened season and now this crazy run with the Hawks and realize; maybe he finally has the postseason answer?
Trae Young loves him and wanted him to stay. When news of hiring broke, Young had three words to say,
“Let’s Work Coach!”
After spending two years at Chowan College, McMillan came home to Raleigh to play for Jim Valvano. In his first year back, he helped the Wolfpack grab a share of first in the ACC regular season. Both years, State made it to the Elite Eight. During his career, he spread the wealth across the stat sheet; 5.1 REBs, 6 ASTs, 2.2 STLs, 1 BLK, and 8.5 PTS.
Carlos Rodon Finishes 6th in 2022 National League Cy Young Award Voting
Earlier this week, the 2022 Cy Young Winners were announced, and former NC State All-American Pitcher Carlos Rodon came in 6th in the National League voting.
Sandy Alcantara, MIA: 30 (first-place votes) – 210 points
Max Fried, ATL: 10 (2nd), 7 (3rd), 5 (4th), 1 (5th) – 72 points
Julio Urías, LAD: 7 (2nd), 9 (3rd), 5 (4th), 1 (5th) – 66 points
Aaron Nola, PHI: 5 (2nd), 6 (3rd), 4 (4th), 2 (5th) – 48 points
Zac Gallen, ARI: 3 (2nd), 5 (3rd), 6 (4th), 6 (5th) – 45 points
Carlos Rodón, SF: 3 (2nd), 1 (3rd), 4 (4th), 7 (5th) – 30 points
Corbin Burnes, MIL: 1 (2nd), 2 (3rd), 1 (4th), 8 (5th) – 20 points
Yu Darvish, SD: 3 (4th), 1 (5th) – 7 points
Edwin Díaz, NYM: 1 (2nd), 2 (5th) – 6 points
Kyle Wright, ATL: 1 (4th), 1 (5th) – 3 points
Logan Webb, SF: 1 (4th) – 2 points
Ryan Helsley, STL: 1 (5th) – 1 point (MLB)
Rodon finished the 2022 season with a 14-8 record, a 2.88 ERA, 237 strikeouts (179 innings) and a WHIP of 1.03. In the National League, he ranked 6th in ERA, 2nd in K’s, 9th in WHIP and 9th in Wins.
In 2021, Rodon finished 5th in the Cy Young Award voting for the American League.
Rodon is now a Free Agent, and is set to become a very wealthy man after the past two seasons he’s put together.
Trea Turner Wins First Silver Slugger Award
Former NC State All-American Shortstop recently won the National League Silver Slugger Award for the Shortstop position, the first of his career.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 10, 2022
Silver Slugger, Trea Turner. pic.twitter.com/nyz1R6PtwJ
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 10, 2022
These guys know how to rake.
Here are your 2022 NL Silver Slugger winners! pic.twitter.com/J1ZO8LXrsv
— MLB (@MLB) November 11, 2022
Among Shortstops, Turner led the MLB in hits (194) while coming 2nd in Batting Average (.298), doubles (39) and RBI’s (100).
Turner also earned his 2nd All-Star appearance in 2022.
The Dodgers recently issued a Qualifying Offer to Turner, who is now a Free Agent, and as expected he declined it.
Turner is about to make boat loads of money.
Pack Pros: NFL Week 10 Report
This past weekend was the 10th week of the 2022 NFL season. Below is a breakdown of how the former NC State players on NFL rosters did.
Wide Receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling had 3 receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 27-17 win over the Jags.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling has his first Chiefs touchdown pic.twitter.com/2du6vUOnU0
— Chiefs Insight (@Chiefsinsight) November 13, 2022
What a one-handed CATCH by Marquez Valdes-Scantling 🔥pic.twitter.com/WYWyvCNzZ1
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) November 13, 2022
Punter AJ Cole averaged an insane 58.8 yards per punt (5 punts) in the Raiders’ 20-25 loss to the Colts.
WE HAVE A NEW PUNTER KING
Welcome back #Raiders AJ Cole to the top spot!
Folks, there are 8 weeks of season left, 3 punters battle it out for 2 all-pro spots (though don't count out new-look Hekker, he's-definitely-elite Dickson, or quickly-rising Camarda)
— Puntalytics (@ThePuntRunts) November 15, 2022
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett was 22 of 35 for 212 yards with a touchdown in the Browns’ 17-39 loss to the Dolphins. He also rushed the ball 7 times for 40 yards.
This goes down in Jacoby Brissett's personal Hall of Fame. The feel, the step up. the seed. pic.twitter.com/mC99aR47k5
— Cory (@realcorykinnan) November 15, 2022
Kevin Stefanski’s offense, w/ Jacoby Brissett is averaging the 5th most yards per game (375.9) and the 10th most points per game (24.1)
Meanwhile Joe Woods’ defense is giving up the 16th most yards per game (349.1) and giving up the 2nd…yes SECOND, most points per game (26.4)
— Brandon Wolf (@BrandonWolfCLE) November 14, 2022
Defensive Tackle Justin Jones had 3 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1 QB Hit in the Bears’ 30-31 loss to the Lions.
— Just🥶Acy🥶Dawg™️ (@Just_Acy) November 13, 2022
Linebacker Bradley Chubb had 3 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and 3 QB Hits in the Dolphins 39-17 win over the Browns.
Quarterback Russell Wilson was 21 of 42 for 286 yards and a touchdown (1 interception) in the Broncos’ 10-17 loss to the Titans.
Russell Wilson season-by-season Passer Rating ranks
2022 28th pic.twitter.com/Ruvustb8Wm
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) November 15, 2022
Running Back Nyheim Hines had 1 reception for 9 yards, and returned 3 punts for an average of 8.3 yards per return in the Bills’ 30-33 loss to the Vikings.
I asked McDermott about Nyheim Hines lack of involvement in the offense. Here's what he said. pic.twitter.com/n1yaHGK2hJ
— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) November 14, 2022
I'm a little surprised with how little Nyheim Hines has been involved in the offense. I know he's only been here a week and a half, but thought they would be more eager to get him on the field.
— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) November 13, 2022
Defensive Tackle Kentavius Street had 3 tackles in the Saints’ 10-20 loss to the Steelers.
Defensive End James Smith-Williams had 2 tackles in the Commanders’ 32-21 win over the Eagles.
Cornerback Nick McCloud had 1 tackle in the Giants’ 24-16 win over the Texans.
Punter Trenton Gill averaged 43 yards per punt on 3 punts in Chicago’s 30-31 loss to Detroit.
Guard Joe Thuney (Chiefs), Center Garrett Bradbury (Vikings) and Tackle Ikem Ekownu (Panthers) played 100% of the snaps for their teams.
Joe Thuney in 41 pass block snaps yesterday didn't allow a single pressure.
— Chiefs Hive (@chiefshive) November 14, 2022
Garrett Bradbury casually picking up Von Miller on a stunt pic.twitter.com/pK3L4OGGke
— Tyler Forness (@TheRealForno) November 14, 2022
Ikem Ekwonu vs Falcons:
• 19 pass blocking snaps
• 0 sacks allowed
The Panthers rookie tackle hasn’t allowed a single sack in 8 consecutive games 👀 pic.twitter.com/7f35F4FZWA
— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) November 11, 2022
Linebacker Germaine Pratt (Bengals)
Defensive Tackle BJ Hill (Bengals)
Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers (Pats)
Running Back Zonovan Knight (Jets)
Juston Burris (Panthers) – Concussion
Dereon Seabron Shines in G-League Debut
Former NC State All-ACC Guard Dereon Seabron made his debut in the NBA G-League on Sunday night for the Birmingham Squadron, the G-League Affiliate Team of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Seabron didn’t start, but you wouldn’t know it from his stats. In 32 minutes of play, Seabron had 24 points (10-16), 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals.
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Despite Seabron’s performance, Birmingham lost to Lakeland 122-130.