Winners of eight of their last nine games and 12 of their last 16, the Suns are on the verge of Las Vegas' preseason predictions less than two months into the season.
And while it's been anything but luck, Phoenix is coming up with lucky sevens. They sport the seventh-best record in the league heading into Christmas, have hit at least seven three-pointers per game over the last 19, and have come up sevens across the board in the various NBA Power Rankings.
Here's the run-down on where Phoenix stands and what the rankers themselves are saying.
ESPN.com - 7th
Marc Stein’s “committee of one” has seen enough of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe to admit they’re “clicking better than anyone ever imagined.”
That’s not necessarily true, since Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough and Head Coach Jeff Hornacek imagined exactly this before the season even started: the two guards forming a backcourt team capable of initiating or finishing plays with equal profiency and taking pressure off each other in the process.
With all that in mind, Stein pegged the Suns’ No. 7 in his rankings and finished by asking a pertinent question: “When do we stop referring to Hornacek & Co. as a desert mirage?”
NBA.com - 7th
John Schuhmann dropped the Suns a spot in his latest rankings thanks to Phoenix's only loss over the last nine games. That's how competitive the Western Conference -- which possesses eight of the top 10 records in the league -- has become.
Still, he doesn't hesitate to credit the impact of Goran Dragic, even when the Slovenian playmaker has an off-night, while also giving a shout-out to the "spacing from shooters Channing Frye and Marcus Morris."
"Goran Dragic shot 5-for-27 from outside the restricted area last week, but was still the key to the Suns' offense..."
"With a roster in flux, a first-year head coach calling the shots and a team that traded its starting center a day before the start of the season, the Suns are currently playoff-bound and the talk of the league."
USA Today - 7th
The Suns were bumped up a spot over at USA Today. Don't worry, though. The praise was as grudging as the move up.
"The strangest thing about their success is that it actually is starting to make sense."
CBSSports.com - 7th
Matt Moore likes the Suns enough to keep them at seventh.
He loves the Phoenix Head Coach Jeff Hornacek to jump him to first.
“Steve Clifford, Terry Stotts, both great choices but my pick for Coach of the Year early on, Non-Pop Division? Jeff Hornacek.”