Dragic: Nobody Counted On Us To Win

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It’s no secret the Suns are defying league-wide expectations this year. From pundits pegging Phoenix at the bottom of the league to Head Coach Jeff Hornacek admitting to being “a little surprised”, they’ve created quite the turnaround of opinions just seven weeks into the season.

And yes, they’re enjoying the process.

“We’re playing on house money, man,” Channing Frye said. “Nobody gives a crap about us.”

It’s a blunt assessment, but it’s fair enough. Most national publications had the Suns pegged 29th in their preseason power rankings. With nine new players on shorter contracts and a slew of upcoming draft picks, many saw Phoenix as a team planning for the future.

Too late, opponents have realized they’re playing for now after expecting the opposite.

At least, that's what the Suns players themselves have noticed.

“Teams coming in early thought it was going to be a cakewalk [against us],” Eric Bledsoe said.

Instead the Suns have walked over their last five opponents and six spots up the over the past two weeks. As a result they have the league’s attention, which will likely intensify when they take on the Spurs tonight, a poetic matchup considering it would be these two teams playing in a seven-game series if the playoffs started today.

But while the Suns are more than happy to defy unflattering predictions, they’re intent on not feeling content and allowing a letdown as a result. Indeed, they've been able to play loose and free just Hornacek had hoped they would.

“Nobody counted on us to win coming into the season,” Goran Dragic said. “Now [that] we’re winning some games, we’re not going to look at it ourselves and start thinking about it.”