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Positioning in the 2012 NBA Draft

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When all else fails, try using some logic with a twenty or twenty one year old.  Logic might just sink in and have a profound effect on a possible draftee.

If you’re an agent reading this with a client who has declared himself eligible for the 2012 NBA draft, your client undoubtedly has a lot of emotions running through his mind.  He may even say to you, “I don’t care where I get drafted, I just want to get in and show them what I can do.”  At that point, you may want to advise your client of something else.  He and his family should care about the position he might be drafted, and you’ll do everything in your power to obtain a higher draft slot, as well as pointing out the following:

Take for example the perspective between being drafted at the number six position versus the number seven position.  The player and his family should note that, intangibles aside, the difference in first year salary alone is $222,500.00.  Yes, every player in his right mind wants that much more money, figuring how much more he can then spend.  However, it may possibly have much more meaning to him if you advise him it’s not just the $222,500.00, but rather more like a $400,709.00 difference.  Advising him if he took that $222,500.00, invested it at just 4%, in 15 years it will be worth over $400,000.00.  Training your clients to think future, and not just today’s dollars, may go a long way toward binding the relationship you have with that client.

Should you feel you need more examples related to your specific client, please feel free to contact me.

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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.