Jeff Hornacek Through the Years
May 27, 2013
Phoenix Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek gets reintroduced to Phoenix at his Tuesday press conference.
President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby, Coach Hornacek and General Manager Ryan McDonough share a laugh.
"I want these guys to push the ball up the court," Hornacek said of his offensive style.
Hornacek gets acquainted with Jude LaCava and Fox 10 News.
The Phoenix Suns named former Sun and 14-year NBA player Jeff Hornacek the 16th head coach in franchise history on May 28, 2013.
Hornacek returns to Phoenix, where he began his NBA career 27 years ago.
The Suns selected Hornacek out of Iowa State in the second round (46th pick) of the 1986 NBA Draft.
At 6-3, Hornacek originally entered the NBA as a point guard.
Following the Suns' blockbuster trade with Cleveland in 1988, Hornacek moved to the shooting guard position, alongside Kevin Johnson.
"Horny" puts up one of his patented running floaters through the lane.
In 1991-92, Hornacek led the Suns in scoring (20.1 ppg) and represented Phoenix in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game.
The Phoenix favorite scored 11 points and handed out three assists in 24 minutes of All-Star play.
Hornacek spent six of his 16 NBA seasons in a Suns uniform.
The Suns traded Hornacek, along with forward Tim Perry and center Andrew Lang to Philadelphia in 1992 for All-Star forward Charles Barkley.
Even after his trade in 1992, Hornacek and his family continued to call Phoenix home.
Midway through the 1993-94 season, Hornacek was traded to Utah, where he teamed up with future Hall-of-Famers John Stockton and Karl Malone.
After playing for Cotton Fitzsimmons in Phoenix, Hornacek played for another coaching legend in Jerry Sloan in Utah.
Hornacek captured the NBA's three-point shootout title during All-Star Weekend in both 1998 and 2000.
Utah twice reached the NBA Finals, where they met the Chicago Bulls in 1997 and 1998.
Hornacek retired following the 1999-2000 season and had his No. 14 retired by the Jazz shortly after.
Upon retiring, Hornacek spent several years with the Jazz as a shooting coach.
Hornacek moved to the Jazz bench as a full-time assistant coach in February 2011, following Sloan's retirement.