Is Jeff Hornacek on the hot seat in Phoenix this season?
Jeff Hornacek has only been the head coach of the Suns for two seasons. But after failing to make the playoffs in each of his campaigns, might he be on the hot seat?
Honestly, this seems completely ridiculous. Hornacek has little control in player personnel matters, and when you jettison guys like Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas mid-season as you did a year ago, the lackluster results have to be expected.
Hornacek isn't the problem in Phoenix. A lack of commitment to the talent in place on the roster is, and if GM Ryan McDonough can't put a plan in place that will result in long-term success, he's the one who should be worried about job security over a head coach who is simply playing the cards he's been dealt.
Two years ago, Hornacek was a Coach of the Year candidate for taking a team that was supposed to be one of the league’s very works and making them into almost a playoff team. Last season was another near-miss. This season, the Suns are once again on the bubble of being a playoff team — there’s a chance they could grab the eighth seed in the Western Conference, if a lot goes right. Hornacek deserves a lot of credit for their sooner-than-expected success. The only reason he’s on this list is the potential for a chemistry disaster on this roster. Between Markieff Morris‘ situation and another attempt at a two-point guard lineup (this time with Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight), there’s a lot that could go wrong, and if the Suns fall out of playoff contention. Hornacek could find himself in a little hot water. But that’s unlikely.