Sixers coaching candidate: Jeff Hornacek

Sixers coaching candidate: Jeff Hornacek

May 7, 2013, 10:15 am
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Jeff Hornacek has been an assistant with the Utah Jazz for the past two seasons. (USA Today Images)

Note: Over the next couple of weeks we will break down the pool of candidates to become the Sixers' new head coach. Click here for our analysis of Mike Malone.

Jeff Hornacek

College: Iowa State

Playing career: Phoenix, Philadelphia, Utah (1986-2000). All-Star in 1991, two-time three-point champion, reached NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998 with Utah.

Coaching: Assistant with Utah for past two seasons

Résumé: The sharp-shooting guard famously acquired by the Sixers in the trade for Charles Barkley, Hornacek was one of the best shooters ever to play in the NBA. As a coach, Hornacek interviewed for the opening in Chicago before Tom Thibedeau was hired and could be a candidate for the coaching vacancy in Phoenix, too.

Potential fit with Sixers

John Finger: If there is one thing Hornacek knows a lot about, it’s being on a bad team in Philadelphia. Traded for Charles Barkley, Hornacek’s teams with the Sixers won 51 games in two seasons. That experience might be something to draw upon if Hornacek were to coach the Sixers. So too would his two trips to the NBA Finals with the Utah Jazz.

John Gonzalez: He spent two seasons with the Sixers after being traded to Philadelphia in the deal that sent Charles Barkley to Phoenix. And he has reportedly remained friends with general manager Tony DiLeo over the years. Hornacek has wanted to be a head coach for a long time. But does he want to coach this particular team? I think that's going to be a major question for some of the top-tier candidates. If you're sought after, and you have options, would the Sixers really be your first choice?

Dei Lynam: Hornacek has the credentials that make for a good hire when taking a chance on a first-time NBA head coach. The one hurdle he would have if he became the Sixers' head coach would be the perception he did not like Philadelphia when he was traded here as a player from Phoenix in the 1992 trade that sent Charles Barkley to the Suns. That said, Hornecek’s dad was a high school basketball coach and Hornecek always believed he, too, would be a coach. He is a fresh name that would bring fresh ideas.