When the Phoenix Suns decided to go with Jeff Hornacek as their new head coach, it prompted me to think of two things.
Is this the right fit for the Suns? Is Hornacek ready to be a NBA head coach? The answer to both of those questions would be yes. I think we will be seeing a very different Phoenix team when next season begins.
Hornacek is still relatively young and did get drafted by Phoenix to start his career, so he has a special connection to the place. The biggest factor for is what he can do for the young guards on the Suns right now.
There is no reason why we won’t see an even better season out of Goran Dragic and Jared Dudley next year. There have been a lot of people touting how good Hornacek is as a coach as well, even if some people will look at this move at being somewhat desperate because they couldn’t get a big name to come in.
I don’t look at it in that way at all. Hornacek was the right choice for the Suns at this time. The Suns were just 25-57 this season, and they won’t be that bad this coming year, where they should win at least 30 games.
It may not seem like a huge jump to gain five games in the standings, but it may be enough to get the team out of last place in the Pacific Division. That is all the Suns should hope for in Hornacek’s first season. It may be only baby steps, but they are steps in the right direction.