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Jeff Hornacek | Guard

Team: Phoenix Suns
Age / DOB:  (52) / 5/3/1963
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 190
College: Iowa State
Drafted: 1986 / Rd. 2 (22) / PHO
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The Wizards have interest in Jeff Hornacek as their coach.
Well this would be odd. The Suns traded away Markieff Morris because he had an issue with the front office and Hornacek, so that would likely affect his status with the team. It sounds like Scott Brooks is the favorite. Apr 14 - 12:23 AM

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Suns fire Jeff Hornacek as head coach.

The move was first reported on Sunday evening, and it's now official. The Suns' official statement includes no quotes from any front office personnel, doesn't thank Hornacek for his contributions and is exactly five sentences long. You stay classy, Phoenix.
Feb 1 - 9:21 AM

The Suns have fired head coach Jeff Hornacek.

Hornacek was skating on thin ice ever since his top assistants, Mike Longabardi and Jerry Sichting, were fired on Dec. 28 -- the team has gone 2-14 since that point and it's not a shock to see the Suns move in another direction. Whoever takes the reins will undoubtedly emphasize player development, which bodes well for the rest-of-season outlook of youngsters like Devin Booker, Alex Len and T.J Warren.
Feb 1 - 3:07 AM

Coach Jeff Hornacek said he's tried to shorten the rotation.

He also admitted that "maybe" it is easier on player to have consistent roles. The Suns have some of the messiest rotations in the NBA and they are constantly changing their starting lineup. Whatever the case, Devin Booker should be heavily involved.
Jan 11 - 5:34 PM

The Suns are hesitant to fire Jeff Hornacek, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Despite there already being "internal discussions" about whether or not to keep the head coach around, Phoenix's brass doesn't want to make a move because they reportedly "truly like Hornacek." If accurate, that is a truly embarrassing rationale and the leadership in Phoenix is even worse than we thought.
Source: ESPN
Jan 5 - 5:55 PM

The Suns officially promoted Nate Bjorkgren and Earl Watson on Monday.

With the move, former assistants Mike Longabardi and Jerry Sichting have been shown the door. It's strange enough to fire a coach's top assistants midseason while leaving the head coach in charge, but it's even weirder when the team tries to spin it as a way that allows Jeff Hornacek another shot at survival. We don't like Hornacek's chances of surviving the season in Phoenix.
Source: NBA.com
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 12:09:00 PM

The Suns are expected to promote Nate Bjorkgren and Earl Watson to assistant coaches, while firing current assistants Mike Longabardi and Jerry Sichting.

The move could be designed to "[give] Jeff Hornacek one more chance to turn this team around," according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Hornacek faces a difficult task on a team that features a disgruntled former starter recently suspended for throwing a towel at him during a game (Markieff Morris), a star player out for approximately six weeks following meniscus surgery (Eric Bledsoe), and a gaggle of promising young players who are still developing. Stay tuned.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 12:36:00 AM

Due to the Suns recent 5-15 nosedive, Jeff Hornacek's job in Phoenix is reportedly "under immediate threat."

Suns' owner Robert Sarver and GM Ryan McDonough reportedly held individual meetings with the Suns players and assistant coaches on Sunday, in an attempt to gain a better understanding of the team's recent downward spiral. While management is reportedly hesitant to fire Hornacek, these kinds of meetings are never a positive sign and there's no denying that Phoenix has really underperformed this season. Should Horancek get the axe, assistant coach Mike Longabardi will likely step up as the interim head coach.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 02:18:00 PM

The Suns are looking to move up in the draft, presumably to target Frank Kaminsky.

He apparently isn't going to make it past nine, so the Suns would likely have to deal with the Pistons at eight or the seven spot with the Nuggets. Stay tuned.
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 08:13:00 PM

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said the Suns trading their first-round pick is something they're "more open to than in the past."

"At some point, there is a saturation point for young players as you try to put together a team that is capable of competing and making the playoffs in the Western Conference," McDonough said. "I think it [trading the pick] is something we're more open to than in the past but, at the same time, we like the players that we think will be there at 13." The Suns have made five first-round picks in the last two seasons and have the 13th pick this year. They don't really have a glaring weakness on their roster, so there are a lot of possibilities.
Wed, May 27, 2015 02:50:00 PM

Suns' coach Jeff Hornacek is not expecting to use a three-guard lineup of Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, and Isaiah Thomas very often.

"Probably not very often [will we use a three-guard lineup]. Maybe if we're down... big we might throw it out there." With Dragic, and Bledsoe expected to see starters minutes, IT3 seems to be the odd man out in this situation. Isaiah was very good last year as a starting point guard for the Kings, but as a sixth man in a crowded rotation in Phoenix, it's not likely he'll be able to return to last season's averages of 20.3 points, 6.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 04:40:00 PM

Coach Jeff Hornacek said "no spots are guaranteed" on the Suns this season.

"If somebody came back from the summer and is a better player, they could take your spot," Hornacek said. Of course, this is coach-speak 101 and doesn't mean much. The Suns are likely going to start Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris and Miles Plumlee, but some guys could slide around. Isaiah Thomas is a starting-caliber point guard, T.J. Warren looked phenomenal at summer league while P.J. Tucker will be suspended for the first three games, and Miles Plumlee is not totally untouchable in the starting lineup ahead of Alex Len.
Source: NBA.com
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 10:58:00 PM

Jeff Hornacek said that he wants the Suns to score over 102.9 points per game this year.

"Over 102.9, we would hope we can get there," Hornacek said of how many points he would like his team to score. "If we can get there I think that's a good start for us in our first year." That would be quite a raise. They had the third-lowest scoring in the Western Conference with 95.5 points, which is extremely low considering they ranked ninth in pace in the NBA. Of course, they were one of the most inefficient offenses in the NBA, ranking dead last in the Western Conference in true shooting percentage. The Suns should push the ball with two athletic guards and a somewhat smaller lineup now that Luis Scola is in Indiana. Bledsoe will get most of the attention in your draft, but there could be a few Suns that can emerge as value picks as your draft progresses.

The Suns will play the Warriors in the first-ever Las Vegas Summer League championship game on Monday.

Phoenix advanced after Markieff Morris' tough game-winning drive to beat the Heat on Sunday. P.J. Tucker, who could start at SF this season, led his team with 19 points and looked two steps ahead of the competition all night. If nothing else, it's worth noting that coach Jeff Hornacek had the Suns running at every possible opportunity -- an upbeat offense should be good news for Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Marcin Gortat, in addition to Tucker and the Morris brothers.
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 03:15:00 AM

Jeff Hornacek will coach the Suns' entrant in the Las Vegas summer league.

For one, it's a smart decision for a first-time head coach, but, more importantly, it'll be an important teaching moment for a franchise basically starting over from the ground up. With the Suns rebuilding and full of young players the team needs to evaluate, Hornacek will get a chance to see what he has in some of his less-experienced players before training camp even opens.
Source: NBA.com
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 02:40:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Eric Bledsoe
2Ronnie Price
3Archie Goodwin
SG1Brandon Knight
2Devin Booker
3John Jenkins
SF1P.J. Tucker
2T.J. Warren
3Chase Budinger
PF1Jon Leuer
2Mirza Teletovic
3Cory Jefferson
C1Tyson Chandler
2Alex Len
3Alan Williams