Raptors' Casey and Suns' Hornacek named Coaches of the Month
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jan 2, 2014
The Toronto Raptors' Dwane Casey and the Phoenix Suns' Jeff Hornacek today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in December. The NBA named Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek the Western Conference Coach of the Month for December, and it’s fitting that it comes the day his team takes on the Memphis Grizzlies. Hornacek guided the Suns to a 10-3 record, including wins over the Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers. Casey led the Raptors to an 8-6 record, including road wins over the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder. The Raptors had five players account for double-digit scoring averages on the month, and closed December winning seven of their final nine games. The Suns, who rank eighth in the NBA in scoring at 103.7 ppg, eclipsed the 100-point plateau in 10 of their final 11 December contests. It’s just an interesting case of how much star power affects the league and how sometimes, it’s more beneficial to have the right pieces rather than a forced model built around one or even two players.