Sure, the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns were both non-playoff teams in the Western Conference last season -- but there's more to it than that. And I don't just mean their time zone or their historically similar home jersey colors of purple and white. For one, well, they've both had a lot of the same players play for both franchises. Here's the list of people who have played for Phoenix and New Orleans / Utah (as far as I can tell):
|3||Brooks Thompson||13||Jay Humphries||23|
|4||Chris Morris||14||Jeff Cook||24||Randy Livingston|
|5||Danny Manning||15||25||Rich Kelley|
|9||Gail Goodrich||19||Mel Counts||29||Tom Gugliotta|
Please note, the list also includes player assets that did not play for both teams, but were involved in trades and at least for a few hours were a Jazzman or Sunshine. (???) And yes, I did this mostly by memory for the Jazz part after cross referencing it against the All-Time Suns roster. And yes (part deux) these two teams are really consanguineous.