The Phoenix Suns were supposed to be “tanking” in 2013 as the Suns’ roster looked more like a D-League team than an NBA one. By trading away Marcin Gortat earlier this season, Phoenix really put itself in a tough spot in terms of post play. However, the Suns still have managed to play better than teams with much more talent. In fact, the Chicago Bulls, Memphis Grizzlies and Denver Nuggets all have a worse record than the Suns this season.
That statistic may come as a surprise to you, but Phoenix has improved just about every step of the way with a 21-16 record after the first 47 games. And the man behind the scenes in Phoenix is someone who is definitely under appreciated within the NBA realm. First-year head coach Jeff Hornacek wasn’t a popular pick when given the Suns’ job this offseason due to his inexperience, but he sure has turned that negative into a positive.
Due to the youth on the Suns’ roster, it was crucial for Phoenix to hire a hip coach, who could easily relate to the budding stars in the desert. Well, the youth movement has worked well as Miles Plumlee, Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic have all put together fantastic seasons under Hornacek. Furthermore, it’s incredibly rare to see a rookie head coach master one of the NBA’s youngest teams. With that being said, no coach in the NBA has done more with less than Hornacek.