Utah Jazz Teams From 1990s Drawing Comparisons to Current Oklahoma City Thunder
With the way the Miami Heat are rolling and the Oklahoma City Thunder exited Thursday night, the comparisons to a team that didn’t even make the postseason only grow. The Utah Jazz‘s great run from the 1990s that was dwarfed in by the Chicago Bulls is drawing many comparisons to the current Thunder-Heat situation on Twitter.
It also came to head when recently fleshed out in a newspaper column.
“The two Hall-of-Famers and a great coach in Jerry Sloan made them one of the model franchises and took them to two NBA Finals (1996-97, 1997-98),” wrote Andy Newberry in the Times News Record of Wichita Falls, Texas. “Utah averaged 60 wins in a four-year stretch. But the Jazz couldn’t get past Michael Jordan once they got to the Finals, and while Jordan was dabbling in baseball, they weren’t able to win Hakeem Olajuwon’s Western Conference. So why am I writing about the Jazz today? I’m a little afraid that the Oklahoma City Thunder could become this era’s version of those Jazz.”
So is Kendrick Perkins the Greg Ostertag? Jeff Hornacek the Kevin Martin? I guess Russell Westbrook is John Stockton and Karl Malone is Kevin Durant. Fun game!
As for the Jazz’s current prospects, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are headed towards free agency and can probably only keep one of them. They just held pre-draft workouts for James Ennis and a few others this past weekend. The Jazz currently hold probable late-lottery selection, the 21st overall and the No. 16 pick in the second round.
Utah hopes these players make up a core that can keep the Thunder without an NBA title — though ideally with a few less comparisons to their lack of a title from their great runs in the 1990s.