For years, John Stockton and Karl Malone toiled as the NBA’s ‘other’ best duo, with no rings to prove it. They’d finally get their chance in 1997. Teamed with another wily veteran in Jeff Hornacek and supported by a scrappy bench, Utah proceeded to tear off 64 wins. Malone won that year’s MVP and the Jazz seemed primed for their first championship. Unfortunately, their road to glory ended in the Finals at the hands of You Know Who.

Still, this was as sharp, disciplined and determined a unit as the league had in their day. Well, except for Those Other Guys.  No shame in that, right?