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2011 NBA Draft Listing Of Players Selected And Their Agents

Other than a couple kids from Kentucky (Josh Harrellson and DeAndre Liggins), the following is a comprehensive list of players selected along with their agents of record.  Do not pay too much attention to the teams listed, as a lot will change based on trades.  Based on the information that is listed below, BDA Sports, Octagon, and Creative Artists Agency each had 5 clients selected.  Priority Sports and ASM Sports each had 4 clients selected.  The real winner was Wasserman Media Group, with involvement in the representation of 7 player selected.  30 players were selected from the 6 agencies listed above, accounting for exactly half of the entire draft.

First Round

  1. Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) – Jeff Wechsler (24-7 Sports Management) – This is the first client of Wechsler’s to be drafted #1 overall.  However, Wechsler is no stranger to having 1st round clients.  He represents Larry Hughes, D.J. White, Quentin Richardson, Mike Sweetney, and used to represent Penny Hardaway – all of whom were selected in the 1st round.
  2. Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves) – Rob Pelinka (Landmark Sports Agency) – Pelinka has a lot of talented clients, none larger than Kobe Bryant.  However, he also represents names like Carlos Boozer, Wesley Johnson, James Harden, Derek Fisher, and Andre Iguodala.
  3. Enes Kanter (Utah Jazz) – Max Ergul – Not much info on Max Ergul; however, he does represent former Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova.
  4. Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers) – Leon Rose (Creative Artist Agency) – Leon Rose and CAA happen to represent another former #4 overall pick named Chris Paul.  The agency also represents LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade.
  5. Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto Raptors) – Sarunas Broga (East Players) w/CAA – All of Broga’s clients listed on his FIBA page were born in Lithuania.
  6. Jan Veseley (Washington Wizards) – Aleksandar Raskovic w/Arn Tellem – Raskovic is said to be working with Wasserman Media Group to represent Veseley in negotiations.
  7. Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Bobcats via trade) – Igor Crespo (Xpheres Basketball Management) – 6th international player taken in the 1st 7 picks of the draft.
  8. Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons) – Arn Tellem (Wasserman Media Group) – I wonder if Knight will get along with Tracy McGrady, who is also a Tellem client.
  9. Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats) – Jeff Schwartz (Excel Sports Management) – This is the same company that recently hired Casey Close and is quickly developing a very powerful baseball division.
  10. Jimmer Fredette (Sacramento Kings via trade) – Jeff Austin (Octagon) – The crew at Octagon did a tremendous job boosting the marketability of an already marketable Fredette.  Let’s see what they can do with him once he is in the NBA.
  11. Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) – Bill Duffy (BDA Sports) – I had heard back in march that Thompson was a priority for BDA Sports.
  12. Alec Burks (Utah Jazz) – Andy Miller (ASM Sports) – Along with Andy Miller, Justin Zanik and Andrew Vye represent players at ASM Sports.
  13. Markieff Morris (Phoenix Suns) – Tony Dutt (Rival Sports Group LLC)I covered the interesting story about Markieff and his brother signing with Dutt and how a man named Jason Martin may have played a big role.
  14. Marcus Morris (Houston Rockets) – Tony Dutt (Rival Sports Group LLC) – Just read the linked story above.
  15. Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs via trade) – Brian Elfus (Impact Sports Management) – Late 2010, Elfus became a part of Impact Sports Management, which has a history of representing a multitude of football players.
  16. Nikola Vucevic (Philadelphia 76ers) – Rade Filipovich (BDA Sports)
  17. Iman Shumpert (New York Knicks) – Happy Walters (Rogue Sports) – Shumpert joins another Happy Walters client in New York – Amar’e Stoudemire.
  18. Chris Singleton (Washington Wizards) – Bill Duffy (BDA Sports) – 3 BDA Sports clients taken in the top 18 picks of the draft.
  19. Tobias Harris (Milwaukee Bucks via trade) – Henry Thomas (Creative Artists Agency)
  20. Donatas Motiejunas (Houston Rockets via trade) – Herb Rudoy (Interperformances) – The agency also represents Manu Ginobili and other foreign born players in the NBA.
  21. Nolan Smith (Portland Trailblazers) – Joel Bell (Bell Management International)
  22. Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets) – Thad Foucher (Wasserman Media Group)
  23. Nikola Mirotic (Chicago Bulls via trade) – Igor Crespo (Xpheres Basketball Management)
  24. Reggie Jackson (Oklahoma City Thunder) – Aaron Mintz (Priority Sports)
  25. MarShon Brooks (New Jersey Nets via trade) – Seth Cohen (Original Creative Representation)
  26. Jordan Hamilton (Portland Trailblazers via trade) – Lee Melchionni (Wasserman Media Group)
  27. JaJuan Johnson (Boston Celtics via trade) – Kevin Bradbury (BDA Sports)
  28. Norris Cole (Miami Heat via trade) – Joel Bell (Bell Management International)
  29. Cory Joseph (San Antonio Spurs) – Leon Rose (Creative Artists Agency)
  30. Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls) – Happy Walters (Rogue Sports)

Second Round

  1. Bojan Bogdanovic (Minnesota Timberwolves via trade) – Marc Cornstein (Pinnacle Management)
  2. Justin Harper (Orlando Magic via trade) – Lance Young (Octagon)
  3. Kyle Singler (Detroit Pistons) – Greg Lawrence (Wasserman Media Group)
  4. Shelvin Mack (Washington Wizards) – Doug Neustadt (The Neustadt Group)
  5. Tyler Honeycutt (Sacramento Kings) Tony Dutt (Rival Sports Group LLC)
  6. Jordan Williams (New Jersey Nets) – Andy Miller (ASM Sports)
  7. Trey Thompkins (Los Angeles Clippers) – Arn Tellem (Wasserman Media Group)
  8. Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets) – Mark Bartelstein (Priority Sports) – Go Gators!
  9. Jeremy Tyler (Charlotte Bobcats) – Makhtar Ndiaye (Wasserman Media Group)
  10. Jon Leuer (Milwaukee Bucks) – Mark Bartelstein (Priority Sports)
  11. Darius Morris (Los Angeles Lakers) – Brian Dyke (Shibumi Sports)
  12. Davis Bertans (San Antonio Spurs via trade) – Marc Fleisher (Entersport)
  13. Malcolm Lee (Chicago Bulls) – Brian Elfus (Impact Sports Management)
  14. Charles Jenkins (Golden State Warriors) – Michael Lindeman (Excel Sports Management)
  15. Josh Harrellson (New York Knicks via trade) – Merle Scott (United Worldwide Sports and Entertainment)
  16. Andrew Goudelock (Los Angeles Lakers) – Austin Walton (Walton Sports Management Group)
  17. Travis Leslie (Los Angeles Clippers) – Andrew Vye (ASM Sports)
  18. Keith Benson (Atlanta Hawks) – Leon Rose (Creative Artists Agency)
  19. Josh Selby (Memphis Grizzlies) – Andy Miller (ASM Sports)
  20. Lavoy Allen (Philadelphia 76ers) – Happy Walters (Rogue Sports)
  21. Jon Diebler (Portland Trailblazers) –  Lance Young (Octagon)
  22. Vernon Macklin (Detroit Piston) – Lance Young (Octagon)
  23. DeAndre Liggins (Orlando Magic) – Unknown
  24. Milan Macvan (Cleveland Cavaliers) – David Bauman (DB Hoops)
  25. E’Twaun Moore (Boston Celtics) – Mark Bartelstein (Priority Sports)
  26. Chukwudiebere Maduabum (Los Angeles Lakers) – Ugo Udezue (BDA Sports)
  27. Tanguy Ngombo (Dallas Mavericks) – Bill McCandless (Court Side)
  28. Ater Majok (Los Angeles Lakers) – Michael Lelchitski (SIG Sports)
  29. Adam Hanga (San Antonio Spurs) – Alex Saratsis (Octagon)
  30. Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings) – Byron Irvin/Dan Fegan (Lagardere Unlimited)

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.

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