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2009 NBA Draft: Breaking Down The Second Round

Were you able to digest our breakdown of the first round?  Agencies like ASM Sports and Priority Sports came on strong at the end of the first round.  Which agencies found their home in the second round?

Second Round

  1. Kings – Jeff Pendergraph PF/C – Agency: Ceruzzi Sports
  2. Wizards – Jermaine Taylor SG – Agency: REID Entertainment
  3. Trailblazers – Dante Cunningham PF – Agency: Bell Management International
  4. Nuggets – Sergio Llull PG/SG – Agency: ASM Sports
  5. Pistons – DaJuan Summers SF/PF – Agency: Wasserman Media Group
  6. Grizzlies – Sam Young SF/PF – Agency: Octagon
  7. Spurs – DeJuan Blair PF/C – Agency: Immortal Sports
  8. Trailblazers – Jon Brockman PF – Agency: Wasserman Media Group
  9. Pistons – Jonas Jerebko SF/PF – Agency: The Neustadt Group
  10. Bobcats – Derrick Brown PF – Agency: BDA Sports
  11. Bucks – Jodie Meeks SG – Agency: No Agent
  12. Lakers – Patrick Beverley PG/SG – Agency: Lee Basketball Services
  13. Heat – Marcus Thornton SG – Agency: Elfus & Siegel Management
  14. Pistons – Chase Budinger SG/SF – Agency: BDA Sports
  15. Timberwolves – Nick Calathes PG/SG – Agency: BEST
  16. Suns – Danny Green SG/SF – Agency: BDA Sports
  17. Timberwolves – Henk Norel PF – Agent: Peter de Bos
  18. Suns – Taylor Griffin SF/PF – Agency: Excel Sports Management
  19. Hawks – Sergey Gladyr SG – Agency: Comsport
  20. Jazz – Goran Suton PF/C – Agency: Wasserman Media Group
  21. Spurs – Jack McClinton PG/SG – Agency: Octagon
  22. Pacers – A.J. Price PG – Agency: Excel Sports Management
  23. Spurs – Nando De Colo PG/SG – Agency: CAA
  24. Bobcats – Robert Vaden SG/SF – Agency: ASM Sports
  25. Trailblazers – Patrick Mills PG – Agency: Goodwin Sports Management
  26. Mavericks – Ahmad Nivins PF – Agency: Elfus & Siegel Management
  27. Suns – Emir Preldzic SF – Agency: BeoBasket
  28. Celtics – Lester Hudson PG/SG – Agency: Octagon
  29. Lakers – Chinemelu Elonu PF/C – Agency: No Agent
  30. Heat – Robert Dozier PF – Agency: Immortal Sports


  • I’m not sure which company was more impressive this year: CAA in the NFL Draft or BDA Sports in the NBA Draft.  BDA Sports had a total of nine players selected, putting almost one-sixth of all drafted players in 2009 under Bill Duffy’s watch.  Their lowest pick was #46 overall.  Talk about utter domination by a single agency.
  • Then again, WMG came in a close 2nd.  The company had a total of eight clients selected in the draft.  Between BDA Sports and WMG, that’s roughly 1/3 of all drafted players in two companies.  How does one compete?
  • Don’t ask that question to Excel Sports Management, ASM Sports, BEST or Goodwin Sports Management.  The four companies, combined, represent sixteen of the remaining forty-three drafted players.  Octagon, Priority Sports, and CAA had their success as well.  It really is tough to compete.
  • Congrats to Elfus & Siegel Management who quietly had two clients selected in the second round.  The company has to be happy after last night.
  • Think Jodie Meeks got drafted higher than he thought he would?  Will he sign an agent?  Who will it be?  Any guesses who Chinemelu Elonu will pick for representation?
  • Who has the better name, Henk Norel or his agent, Peter de Bos?  Henk is nice, but you have to get extra credit for sneaking a “de” in there.

By Darren Heitner

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.