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Jeff Hornacek is hopeful that the Suns can average 103 points per game next season

Aug 2, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

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Jeff Hornacek has said from the very beginning of his tenure as new head coach of the Suns that he will be running an uptempo offense.

We now have a bit of quantification in terms of what that actually means.

In a lengthy interview with Jim Coughenour of Bright Side of the Sun, Hornacek discussed some of the offensive principles he hopes to install, and also mentioned a threshold of where he’d like to see his team in terms of offensive production.

My lead in was that last season there were five teams (Denver, Houston, OKC, SA and Miami) that scored at least 102.9 points per game. Given that, I asked for a one word response on whether the Suns scoring average for the 2013-14 season would be higher or lower than 102.9 points per game…

Coach Hornacek’s one word reply:

“What did we average last year?  (It was 95.2 by the way) Over 102.9, we would hope we can get there. If we can get there I think that’s a good start for us in our first year. So, hopefully, I would say yes.”

Hornacek was obviously only responding to the question that was asked, but that level of improvement will be no small task.

Some of the personnel in place should help — a backcourt featuring Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic can certainly push the pace, and the Morris twins, P.J. Tucker, and first round draft pick Archie Goodwin all showed no signs of trouble playing uptempo basketball during the team’s Summer League experience in Las Vegas.

It’s worth reminding that the Suns played quickly last season — the team finished ninth in the league in pace — but didn’t do it effectively, and finished 29th out of 30 teams in offensive efficiency (points scored per 100 possessions).

We won’t hold Hornacek to this number, because (as he said in the same piece) defense is important in being able to get out and run as frequently as he would like, and just how well the team will be able to defend remains to be seen. But since offense has been Hornacek’s selling point from the very start, it’s not a surprise that his goal is to get his team into the top five in that category by the end of his first season on the bench.

  1. hildezero - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    I don’t know about that, but I do see the Suns averaging at least 100 points per game, I mean, let’s not forget… These ARE the Phoenix Suns.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      if you give up more points then you score you will lose most of the time.

  2. nman087 - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Good thing they fired Gentry to get a more defensive oriented coach in place

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      the best defense is to cross your fingers and score more.

  3. saint1997 - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Trade Dragic for an athletic 3 and D wing (I doubt you could get Shumpert but you could try), pair him next to Eric and Archie and maybe you have a shot

  4. hildezero - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Your first comment was stupid.

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