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2009 NBA Draft: Breaking Down The First Round

After 60 picks and 100,000 trades, we now know who was selected in the 2009 NBA Draft and what teams they may be playing for in 2009.  I will let the other web sites debate over what teams were the winners and losers.  Here, our main concern is sorting out the agencies that were popping champagne vs. those leaving Madison Square Garden with their heads down.  This post will cover the first round.  A second round post will follow.

First Round

  1. Clippers – Blake Griffin PF/C – Agency: Excel Sports Management
  2. Grizzlies – Hasheem Thabeet C – Agency: BDA Sports
  3. Thunder – James Harden SG – Agency: Landmark Sports Agency
  4. Kings – Tyreke Evans PG/SG – Agency: Wasserman Media Group
  5. Timberwolves – Ricky Rubio PG – Agency: BEST
  6. Timberwolves – Jonny Flynn PG – Agency: CAA
  7. Warriors – Stephen Curry PG/SG – Agency: Octagon
  8. Knicks – Jordan Hill PF – Agency: BDA Sports
  9. Raptors – Demar DeRozan SG/SF – Agency: Goodwin Sports Management
  10. Bucks – Brandon Jennings PG – Agency: BDA Sports
  11. Nets – Terrence Williams SG/SF – Agency: Goodwin Sports Management
  12. Bobcats – Gerald Henderson SG – Agency: Wasserman Media Group
  13. Pacers – Tyler Hansbrough PF – Agency: Excel Sports Management
  14. Suns – Earl Clark SF/PF – Agency: BEST
  15. Pistons – Austin Daye SF/PF – Agency: BDA Sports
  16. Bulls – James Johnson SF/PF – Agency: Wasserman Media Group
  17. 76ers – Jrue Holiday PG/SG – Agency: BEST
  18. Timberwolves – Ty Lawson PG – Agency: Peake Management Group
  19. Hawks – Jeff Teague PG/SG – Agency: BDA Sports
  20. Jazz – Eric Maynor PG – Agency: ASM Sports
  21. Hornets – Darren Collison PG – Agency: BDA Sports
  22. Trailblazers – Victor Claver PF – Agency: Wasserman Media Group
  23. Kings – Omri Casspi SF/PF – Agency: CAA
  24. Mavericks – B.J. Mullens C – Agency: ASM Sports
  25. Thunder – Rodrigue Beaubois PG – Agency: Comsport
  26. Bulls – Taj Gibson PF – Agency: Priority Sports
  27. Grizzlies – DeMarre Carroll SF/PF – Agency: Priority Sports
  28. Timberwolves – Wayne Ellington SG – Agency: Wasserman Media Group
  29. Knicks – Toney Douglas PG/SG – Agency: FAME
  30. Cavaliers – Christian Eyenga SG/SF – Agency: ASM Sports


  • Leading up to the draft, I really liked that Goodwin Sports Management was doing to get its clients connected on social networks.  My man Nate Jones, a law student at UCLA, has been doing a great job helping out Aaron Goodwin and Co. on publicizing GSM client Twitter accounts and setting up Rookie Chronicles.
  • BDA Sports seems to have dodged any potential negative recruiting ramifications from the company’s involvement with the O.J. Mayo scandal.  Three BDA clients were taken in the top ten picks of the draft.  Four BDA clients went in the top fifteen.  Six in the top twenty-one!  Where WMG made the headlines last year, BDA definitely took over the 2009 draft.
  • Speaking of WMG, the company had three players taken in the top sixteen picks.  And BEST had three guys selected in the top seventeen picks.  WMG still dominated with five total draft picks in the first round.
  • The first Israeli player drafted was taken by the Kings.  The fairly new GM of the Kings is a friend, Jason Levien.  I am happy for him because I think Omri Casspi was a steal at the slot picked, and Levien is supporting the Jews!
  • One of my favorite players in the draft, Toney Douglas, was taken by a team who I think will really benefit from drafting him.  Knicks fans should be happy with that pick.
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Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.