The Best NBA Teams to Never Win an NBA Title

6. 1997-98 Utah Jazz

Record and standing: 62-20, 1st in Midwest Division
Hall of Famer(s): Karl Malone, John Stockton
Scoring leader: Karl Malone (27.0 PPG)
Rebounds leader: Karl Malone (10.3 RPG)
Assists leader: John Stockton (8.5 APG)
Round Eliminated: NBA Finals

The competition in the Western Conference during the 1997-98 season was incredible, especially on the front lines. Utah's Karl Malone posted an outstanding season despite having to go against the likes of Shaq (Lakers) and an in-his-prime Vin Baker (Seattle) and the twin towers of Tim Duncan and David Robinson (Spurs) on a nightly basis. Even though John Stockton missed the first 18 games of the season with a knee injury, the Jazz still managed to post the West's best record and storm into the Finals by winning eight of their last nine playoff games against the Spurs and Lakers. From there, though, there's really only one thing anyone remembers about how the rest of Utah's season went: Michael Jordan's "Final Shot."

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