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BDA, CAA, Octagon And Wasserman Land 2 Top-10 Picks Each In The 2019 NBA Draft

BDA, CAA, Wasserman Other Agencies Excel In 2019 NBA Draft

Top Agencies of the 2019 NBA Draft

  1. CAA – 8 picks
  2. Priority Sports – 7 picks
  3. Wasserman/BDA Sports/Octagon – 6 picks


  • 4 agencies (CAA, BDA Sports, Wasserman and Octagon) represented 8 of the first 10 picks in the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • CAA became the 1st agency with 2 clients selected — #1 overall Zion Williamson and #7 overall Coby White.
  • Seth Cohen of SAC Sports was the one non-big agent/agency to be featured in the NBA lottery, with client Cameron Johnson being selected #11 overall.

The first three picks of the draft went according to plan, as most draft pundits had predicted the picks since the end of the college basketball season. Zion Williamson, represented by Austin Brown and Lisa Joseph-Metelus of Creative Artists Agency, was selected first overall by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Murray State standout guard, Ja Morant, represented by Jim Tanner of Tandem Sports & Entertainment, was selected 2nd overall by the the Memphis Grizzlies. Williamson’s Duke teammate RJ Barrett was selected No. 3 overall by the New York Knicks. Barrett is represented by Bill Duffy of BDA Sports.

Things got interesting at No. 4 overall. The Pelicans, which acquired the No. 4 pick from the Lakers in the Anthony Davis trade, then traded the pick to the Atlanta Hawks within the hour leading up to the draft. The Hawks then used the pick on National Champion and Virgina forward DeAndre Hunter. Hunter is represented by Thad Foucher and Joe Smith of Wasserman.

There were several other trades on draft night, which caused a lot more drama compared to the 2018 NBA Draft. The Minnesota Timberwolves traded up to the No. 6 pick and selected Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver in a deal with the Phoenix Suns. The Suns received the No. 11 pick and Dario Saric.

The Boston Celtics selected Washington’s Mattise Thybulle at No. 20 and traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 24 and No. 33 pick in this draft. The Celtics then traded the No. 24 pick and Aron Baynes to the Suns, who selected Ty Jerome. The Suns sent the Celtics a 2020 first-round pick via the Bucks.

The Grizzlies traded up to pick No. 21 with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and selected Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke. The Brooklyn Nets traded the No. 27 pick to the Los Angeles Clippers who selected Florida State’s Mfiondu Kabengele. The Cleveland Cavaliers traded up to the last pick of the first round from the Detroit Pistons, and selected Kevin Porter Jr No. 30 overall.

CAA Sports led the draft again with eight clients selected, followed by Priority Sports, with seven players taken. Wasserman, BDA Sports and Octagon had the third most players selected with six each.

A full-recap of the draft with each player’s agency is listed below:

*The team listed is who technically drafted the player but may not be the team they play for due to trades.

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By Josh Goldberg

Josh is a recent graduate of Florida International University's College of Law. He works at a law firm with the Franchise Law, Innovation & Technology, and Sports & Entertainment Law groups. He is the founder of Light Social Digital Media & Marketing - a content creation and branding agency for athletes.

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