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Jeff Hornacek
Shooting guard
Born May 3, 1963 (1963-05-03) (age 46)
Elmhurst, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
High school Lyons Township
College Iowa State
Draft 2nd round, 46th overall, 1986
Phoenix Suns
Pro career 1986–2000
Former teams Phoenix Suns (1986–1992)
Philadelphia 76ers (1992–1994)
Utah Jazz (1994–2000)
Awards NBA All-Star (1992)
All-Star Three-point Shootout Champion (1998, 2000)
All-Star 2Ball Champion (2000)

Jeffrey John Hornacek (pronounced /ˈhɔrnəsɛk/; born May 3, 1963 in Elmhurst, Illinois) is a retired American basketball player who played at the shooting guard position in the NBA from 19862000.


Elementary and high school

He attended Komarek elementary school in North Riverside, Illinois, and Gurrie Middle School and Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Cook County, Illinois.


Redshirted at Iowa State University (ISU) in 1981, he was a campus walk-on from 1982–1986, the son of a high school basketball coach became an all-conference player in the Big Eight Conference, playing for legendary coach Johnny Orr. As a point guard he guided the Cyclones to the Sweet 16 of the 1986 NCAA tournament. His shining moment came at the Metrodome in Minneapolis when, after first hitting a shot to tie the game and send it to overtime, Jeff hit the game winning shot in overtime, a 26-ft jumper at the buzzer, to give ISU its first NCAA tournament victory since 1944, beating Miami University, March 14 1986, 81-79. Two days later, he led the Cyclones to the NCAA Tournament "Sweet Sixteen," in a 72-69 upset of second seed Michigan. Orr, who left Michigan to coach at Iowa State, called it the greatest victory of his career. Hornacek left ISU with a Big-8 record of 665 career assists, still an Iowa State school record, and 1,313 career points.

NBA career

He was the 22nd pick in the second round (46th overall) of the 1986 NBA Draft, by the Phoenix Suns. He became a star for the Suns, but after his sixth and most productive season in 1991–92, he was traded (along with Andrew Lang and Tim Perry) to the Philadelphia 76ers for Charles Barkley. With Hersey Hawkins, the Sixers' leading scorer, in the shooting guard position, Hornacek was assigned point guard responsibilities. Although he had a career high 6.9 assists per game in his only complete season with the Sixers (1992–93 season), his stint as a point guard was not a success (26 wins, 56 losses). Midway through the 1993–94 season (February 24) he was traded to the Utah Jazz (for Jeff Malone) where he could return to his natural shooting guard position alongside John Stockton. Hornacek was also one of the best on offense in the NBA in moving without the ball, something essential for a shooting guard. He was an instrumental part of the Jazz's drive to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, where the Jazz lost to the Chicago Bulls both times. He remained with the Jazz until knee problems forced his retirement in 2000. On November 23 1994, he set a then-NBA record with eight consecutive three-pointers in a single game without a miss against the Seattle SuperSonics. That same season, he also tied an NBA record 11 consecutive three-pointers without a miss, from December 30, 1994 through January 11 1995.

One of the best free throw shooters in the league, once making 67 in a row (November 12, 1999 – January 6, 2000), one of his most well-known mannerisms was stroking the side of his face three times before every free-throw attempt. That was his way of saying hello to his three children during the game.[1] He holds a career free throw percentage of 87.7, 12th highest in NBA history.[2]

Hornacek won the NBA three-point competition twice, and along with Natalie Williams, star of the Utah Starzz, won the All-Star 2-Ball Challenge.

Retirement and post NBA

Hornacek's #14 jersey was retired by the Utah Jazz, for whom he played from 1994 to 2000, and helped get them to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998. Coach Jerry Sloan and Jazz announcer "Hot Rod" Hundley referred to Hornacek affectionately as "Horny".[3]

He was hired for the 2007–08 season by the Jazz to be as a special assistant coach and to help Andrei Kirilenko and others with their shooting.[4][5] In May 2008 Hornacek interviewed for a coaching position with the Chicago Bulls, meeting with general manager John Paxson. He put off seeking a coaching position until his children were older so the extensive travel would not put excess pressure on his family.[5]


  • Height: 6' 4"
  • Weight: 190 lb
  • High school: Lyons Township (La Grange, Illinois)
  • Iowa state records:
    • Career assists: 665
    • Career steals: 211
    • Career complete games: 30
    • Season assists: 219 (1985-1986; 2nd w/198 1983-1984)
    • Season, assists per-game average: 6.83 (1984; 2nd w/6.63 - 1986)
  • NBA Totals:
    • Games: 1,077
    • Minutes played: 33,959
    • Points: 15,659 (14.5 per game)
    • Assists: 5,281 (4.9 per game)
    • Steals: 1,536 (1.43 per game)


  • June 17 1986: Selected by the Phoenix Suns as the 22nd pick in the 2nd round (46th pick overall) of the 1986 NBA Draft.
  • June 17 1992: Traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Charles Barkley by the Phoenix Suns along with Andrew Lang and Tim Perry.
  • February 24 1994: Traded to the Utah Jazz for Jeff Malone and a 1994 first-round draft choice, by the Philadelphia 76ers with Sean Green and a 1995 or 1996 second-round draft choice.
  • May 16 2000: Announced at the beginning of the season that it would be his last. After the Jazz lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in game five (Portland won the series 4 games to 1) of the Western Conference semifinals, Hornacek retired.


  1. ^ "Changing teams: Hornacek will trade NBA for family". - CNN/Sports Illustrated. - ( - Wednesday, April 26, 2000.
  2. ^ "Career Leaders and Records for Free Throw %". - Basketball-Reference. - Retrieved on 2007-08-23
  3. ^ Jeff Hornacek. - NBA.
  4. ^ "Kirilenko plays best game of the season: Hornacek credited for big improvement in shooting prowess". - Deseret Morning News. - January 26, 2008. - Retrieved: 2008-06-16
  5. ^ a b Hanley, Brian. - "Hornacek was 'player-coach'". - Chicago Sun-Times. - May 26, 2008. - Retrieved: 2008-06-16

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