When Gregg Popovich took over the Spurs in the mid-90s, he sought to create a formula of small market success similar to the Jazz.

“The success that we’ve had and Utah’s had is really satisfying because it has come in small markets,” said Popovich of the two teams, “and people really appreciate it. The fans in both places are unbelievable, and basically demand that we do things a certain way I think.”

The Jazz were perennial contenders built around All-Stars in Karl Malone and John Stockton, and a supporting cast of high quality role players.