INDIANAPOLIS – One monumental Pacers decision for this shortened offseason has been crossed off the list.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pacers and McMillan have agreed on a contract extension. McMillan reportedly had a team option for next season, the final year on his original deal.
In 4 seasons as Pacers head coach, McMillan is 181-136 (.571 winning percentage), with a 3-12 record (.200) in the playoffs.
The Pacers have been a better than .500 team in each of the 4 seasons under McMillan.
Undoubtedly, the Pacers have overachieved in the regular season during the McMillan era.
Dealing with the departure of Paul George, a serious injury to Victor Oladipo and continued roster turnover, McMillan has kept the Pacers a consistent playoff team slotting in the No. 5-7 spot of the Eastern Conference.
Rumors of McMillan possibly be ousted by the Pacers picked up last week when ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy and Zach Lowe both mentioned him as someone who could get fired this offseason.
While what McMillan has gotten out of the Pacers in the regular season is definitely commendable, fair questions are there on his offensive mindset and his putrid playoff resume.
The Pacers are a bit archaic in their offensive approach, shying away from the three-point craze in today’s NBA.
In McMillan’s 16 years as head coach (5 in Seattle, 7 in Portland, 4 in Indiana), his teams have won just one playoff series. He is 17-32 (.347) all-time in the postseason, losing 8 of 9 series.
Some will see this move as the Pacers hoping to maintain a higher floor and not taking a risk on a more innovative coach, who has shown over a decade and a half what you are getting.
Others will say McMillan deserves a chance to lead a healthy roster after turning in solid regular season performances amidst some personnel chaos.
McMillan was originally hired as head coach of the Pacers in May 2016 after he was the associate head coach under Frank Vogel in the three previous seasons.
Outside of Justin Holiday, the Pacers have their main core in-tact for the 2020-21 season. Although a possible contract extension for Victor Oladipo (who is a free agent in 2021) remains a looming question.