Competitive teams that have become good through trade or free agency (think Miami Heat/Boston Celtics), lack the bonding and experience of a team forced to face the early adversity of losing before becoming a winning team.
Look at the Thunder. They reflected a 3-29 record to begin their first season in OKC, and now, with minor roster changes, are contending for a championship.
Utah fell apart last season, beginning with a 6-18 record under then-interim head coach Ty Corbin, but shrugged it off, learned from their mistakes and pushed themselves into the 2012 playoffs this year.
Both teams are at different stages of development, but you can't deny the eerie similarities.
Neither Salt Lake City or Oklahoma City is a free agent (or trade) destination. Both cities are fairly small and have a mellow atmosphere with little nightlife.
This causes their respective teams to take a different approach to building a team—through the draft. A better approach, I might add.
Building through the draft, you can form a roster that develops together and strives for a collective goal without distraction; moreover, ego and personality clashes are far less common.
This isn't true for teams such as the Lakers, Celtics and Heat, who seem to always have some kind of issue regarding players, coaches and/or staff involvement.
Of course, I'm not saying that teams need to be built entirely from the draft—more likely just their core. Trading is a valuable tool that needs to be used by all teams to fill their needs and enhance their performance.
However, bringing together powerhouses through trade and free agency will always be a shortcut to doing so through the NBA draft.
The Thunder's core of drafted players include Kevin Durant (2007, second overall), James Harden (2009, third overall), Russell Westbrook (2008, fourth overall) and Serge Ibaka (2008, 24th overall).
The Jazz's core of drafted players include Enes Kanter (2011, third overall), Gordon Hayward (2010, ninth overall) and Alec Burks (2011, 12th overall). Utah still owns a top-six protected pick from Golden State in next year's draft.