John Hollinger of ESPN.com has put together a ranking system to evaluate the best franchises in the NBA. In his rankings, he has listed the Utah Jazz as the 7th most successful franchise in the NBA.
The franchises listed ahead of the Jazz were the LA Lakers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, and Philadelphia 76ers.
Considering the fact that the Jazz have never won an NBA Championship and rank as high as they do, it's a remarkable honor, and evidence of a winning franchise that sets apart the Utah Jazz from other organizations in the league. I hope that our string of continual success will persist into the future... hopefully garnering us a championship (one-0f-these-days).
My favorite line from John Hollinger's summary analysis regarding the Utah Jazz went something like this... capturing Draft Guru's "Ultimate Jazz Fantasy":
"In the early 1980s, Utah had arguably the greatest draft run in league history. The Jazz took Dominique Wilkins third in 1982 before trading him to Atlanta (oops; how's that for a "what-if" scenario?)..." Can you imagine Dominique playing alongside Stockton and Malone? Spectacular!