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Breaking Down The 2010 NBA Draft

I’m not getting involved in the trades hoopla.  Here is the breakdown according to the team that drafted the player, before any trades were made.  BDA Sports – 7 clients selected.  Priority Sports and ASM Sports each with 6 clients selected.

First Round

  1. John Wall (Washington Wizards) – Dan Fegan (Lagardère) – Washington D.C. is getting used to having 1st overall picks.  Last year it was Strasburg.  This year, it is Harper and Wall.  This is the first draft for new NBA mover, Lagardère, which recently acquired Blue Entertainment Sports Television (BEST).  Nice way to make a splash with a #1 overall pick.
  2. Evan Turner (Philadelphia 76ers) – David Falk – David Falk’s biggest draft client since re-launching his agency, FAME, back in 2007.  Falk is best known for his representation of Michael Jordan.
  3. Derrick Favors (New Jersey Nets) – Wallace Prather – Prather represents NBA players Josh Smith, Randolph Morris, Javaris Crittenton, and Anthony Morrow.
  4. Wesley Johnson (Minnesota Timberwolves) – Rob Pelinka – Pelinka represents quite a few players, but none more popular than Kobe Bryant.
  5. DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings) – John Greig – A huge win for Greig. His other client is Pops Mensah-Bonsu.
  6. Ekpe Udoh (Golden State Warriors) – Chris Grier Luchey – The music on his website really pumps me up. Interestingly designed, as well.
  7. Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons) – David Falk – 2nd David Falk client off of the board. Falk doesn’t spend much time recruiting these days, yet he still gets 2 clients drafted in the top 7.
  8. Al-Farouq Aminu (Los Angeles Clippers) – Raymond Brothers – My man Justin Herzig swore by him before he ever set foot on Wake Forest’s campus.
  9. Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz) – Mark Bartelstein (Priority Sports) – I don’t see this as a reach. Nice pick by the Jazz.
  10. Paul George (Indiana Pacers) – Aaron Mintz (Priority Sports) – 2 in a row off the board for Priority Sports. Tied with Falk for 2 clients taken in the top 10.
  11. Cole Aldrich (New Orleans Hornets) – Jeff Schwartz (Excel Sports Management) – Schwartz represents the #1 pick from last year’s draft – Blake Griffin.
  12. Xavier Henry (Memphis Grizzlies) – Arn Tellem (Wasserman Media Group) – I had the privilege of watching Henry play AAU ball for the Okalhoma based Athletes First team.  He is truly something special.
  13. Ed Davis (Toronto Raptors) – Rob Pelinka – Pelinka’s 2nd client off the board.  Remember this post regarding Davis?
  14. Patrick Patterson (Houston Rockets) – Odell McCants – This is McCants’ coming out party.  Patterson is the 3rd UK player selected thus far.
  15. Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks) – Happy WaltersHere is our Agent Spotlight on Walters.
  16. Luke Babbitt (Minnesota Timberwolves) – Bill Duffy (BDA Sports) – BDA Sports represents stars like Steve Nash and Rajon Rondo.
  17. Kevin Seraphin (Chicago Bulls) – Bouna Ndiaye (Comsport) – An agency that seems to strictly represent players born overseas.
  18. Eric Bledsoe (Oklahoma City Thunder) – Leon Rose (CAA) – Definitely something to celebrate, although the real celebration will come once CAA finishes deals for Wade, Bosh, and LeBron this offseason.
  19. Avery Bradley (Boston Celtics) – Mitchell Butler (Lagardère) – I have never heard of Mitchell Butler, but word is that he is working close with Dan Fegan for Bradley.
  20. James Anderson (San Antonio Spurs) – Andy Miller (ASM Sports)
  21. Craig Brackins (Oklahoma City Thunder) – Andy Miller (ASM Sports)
  22. Elliot Williams (Portland Trail Blazers) – Thad Foucher  (Wasserman Media Group)
  23. Trevor Booker (Minnesota Timberwolves) – Andy Miller (ASM Sports)
  24. Damion James (Atlanta Hawks) – Mark Bartelstein (Priority Sports)
  25. Dominique Jones (Memphis Grizzlies) – Mike Hodges – Name you may not know. Also represents Kyle Weaver.
  26. Quincy Pondexter (Oklahoma City Thunder) – Arn Tellem (Wasserman Media Group)
  27. Jordan Crawford (New Jersey Nets) – Aaron Mintz (Priority Sports)
  28. Greivis Vasquez (Memphis Grizzlies) – Herb Rudoy (Interperformances)
  29. Daniel Orton (Orlando Magic) – Raymond Brothers
  30. Lazar Hayward (Washington Wizards) – Jeff Schwartz (Excel Sports Management)

Second Round

  1. Tibor Pleiss (New Jersey Nets) – Rade Filipovich (BDA Sports)
  2. Dexter Pittman (Miami Heat) – Reggie Brown (Priority Sports)
  3. Hassan Whiteside (Sacramento Kings) – Andre Buck
  4. Armon Johnson (Portland Trail Blazers) – Michael Lindeman (Excel Sports Management)
  5. Nemanja Bjelica (Washington Wizards) – Herb Rudoy (Interperformances)
  6. Terrico White (Detroit Pistons) – Bill Duffy (BDA Sports)
  7. Darington Hobson (Milwaukee Bucks) – Mike Hodges
  8. Andy Rautins (New York Knicks) – Bill Duffy (BDA Sports)
  9. Landry Fields (New York Knicks) – Chris Emens (Octagon)
  10. Lance Stephenson (Indiana Pacers) – Alberto EbanksDug this up.
  11. Jarvis Varnado (Miami Heat) – Kevin Bradbury (BDA Sports)
  12. Da’Sean Butler (Miami Heat) – Richard Katz
  13. Devin Ebanks (Los Angeles Lakers) – Andy Miller (ASM Sports)
  14. Jerome Jordan (Milwaukee Bucks) – Todd Ramasar (BDA Sports)
  15. Paulao Prestes (Minnesota Timberwolves) – Unknown
  16. Gani Lawal (Phoenix Suns) – Andy Miller (ASM Sports)
  17. Tiny Gallon (Milwaukee Bucks) – Marc Cornstein (Pinnacle Management)
  18. Latavious Williams (Miami Heat) – Tony Dutt
  19. Ryan Richards (San Antonio) – Herb Rudoy (Interperformances)
  20. Solomon Alabi (Dallas Mavericks) – Bill Duffy (BDA Sports)
  21. Magnum Rolle (Oklahoma City Thunder) – Fletcher Cockrell – Served a 2 year NCAA probation? Wrote a book.
  22. Luke Harangody (Boston Celtics) – Mark Bartelstein (Priority Sports)
  23. Pape Sy (Atlanta Hawks) – Levy Pascal
  24. Willie Warren (Los Angeles Clippers) – Kim Grillier
  25. Jeremy Evans (Utah Jazz) – Mike Naiditch (Naiditch EntertainmenT)
  26. Hamady Ndiaye (Minnesota Timberwolves) – Keith Glass
  27. Ryan Reid (Indiana Pacers) – Unknown
  28. Derrick Caracter (Los Angeles Lakers) – Happy Walters
  29. Stanley Robinson (Orlando Magic) – Andy Miller (ASM Sports)
  30. Dwayne Collins (Phoenix Suns) – Mitch Frankel – Known as a football agent with Impact Sports.

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.

One reply on “Breaking Down The 2010 NBA Draft”

It’s definitely good to see Ed Davis signing with Rob Pelinka of The Landmark Sports Agency instead of confiding in the services of the shady PTA Sports Management. I think Ed Davis will be a solid player in the NBA due to his strength and athleticism but he will definitely need some time. Hopefully he keeps his head on his shoulders and builds a strong work ethic. I think signing with Pelinka will help him reach his potential and have a successful career in the NBA, as Pelinka has managed elite clients like Kobe Bryant and Carlos Boozer. We’ll see how it pans out.

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