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Jeff Hornacek a Good Fit for Phoenix Suns

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COMMENTARY | Utah Jazz assistant coach Jeff Hornacek could soon have a "head" in his title.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Hornacek recently met with the Phoenix Suns and has emerged as the leading candidate for their head coaching position.

This, of course, is bad news for Jazz fans and great news for Suns supporters.

Hornacek, whose No. 14 hangs in the rafters at EnergySolutions Arena, obviously knows how to play the game. But he can also teach it.

As an assistant with the Jazz, Horny has helped several players improve their shooting technique. In fact, thanks to Coach Hornacek, Alec Burks went from shooting 29.2 percent from behind the arc in college to 35.0 as a pro.

Likewise, Gordon Hayward was able to increase his 3-point shooting percentage from 34.6 in 2011-12 to 41.5 this past season.

"Having a great shooter like that work with me helped a lot," Hayward said. "Not just with mechanics, but with my confidence."

Confidence is probably the biggest reason Hornacek is the frontrunner for the Phoenix job.

With six first-round picks over the next three years, the Suns will need someone who can help them instill self-assurance in their rookies.

Another reason new general manager Ryan McDonough may bring Hornacek to Planet Orange is the fact that it was once a home for him.

Hornacek started his career in the desert, and thanks to six solid seasons in purple and orange -- he averaged 20.1 points, 5.1 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 1991-92 -- he's still a popular figure in the Phoenix area.

Jared Bray, a graduate of Brigham Young University's broadcast journalism program, has followed the Utah Jazz since 2008, when he covered the team as a sports correspondent for KBYU-TV's Daily News at Noon.

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