Nate McMillan inherited one of the NBA's youngest and least experienced teams when he took over as the Trail Blazers's 12th head coach. His youthful Trail Blazers, who averaged
just 24.5 years of age and three seasons of professional basketball experience, were thoroughly tested while navigating in a rugged Western Conference that was populated with teams boasting
eight of the league's 12 best records. Portland finished with a 21-61 season's mark, matching the second-lowest win total in franchise history and the fewest victories since 1972-73, the club's third year in the league.