The players, the coaches and the teams’ management staff get all the media attention and the love from the fans in the NBA. Of course they are the stars of the business, the people that keep the league alive and running. But in order for all them to work, there are some other professionals who stay under the scope in most cases, but still have a significant work to do. Those are the agents. Let’s see who the Top Sports Agents in the NBA are. We ranked them according to their salaries, which are based on the contracts of the players they manage.
Top Clients: Derrick Rose, Joe Johnson, Russell Westbrook and Pau Gasol
Tellem is on the top of the list, as the salaries and endorsement deals of the players he handles are make the largest total. Tellem manages some of the biggest names in the league, like Derrick Rose, Joe Johnson, Russell Westbrook and Pau Gasol. He is Vice Chairman of the Wasserman Media Group and also manages baseball players. He is well respected around the league and surely one of the most successful agents of modern times.
Top Clients: Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Al Jefferson, Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler
Schwartz lies on No.2. With Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Al Jefferson, Kevin Love and Tyson Chandler as his top 5 players salary-wise, he is considered as a powerful agent and has helped several players emerge in the NBA. He is the President and Founder of Excel Sports Management, which offers full management services. He has been in the business since 1992 and has managed the careers of superstar tennis players, too.
Top Clients: Dwight Howard, Amar’e Stoudemire, Nene, Kevin Martin and Shawn Marion
Fegan comes next, at the third seed. He has big names in his clientele, including the Superman Dwight Howard, Amar’e Stoudemire, Nene, Kevin Martin and Shawn Marion. He also has several young rising stars under his management, including John Wall, Ricky Rubio, Iman Shumpert and DeMarcus Cousins. His company is named Relativity Sports. Happy Walters is also an agent of the company.
Top Clients: Kobe Bryant, Carlos Boozer, Andre Iguodala, James Harden and Gerald Wallace
Pelinka is fourth in our list. He manages superstar Kobe Bryant and also Carlos Boozer, Andre Iguodala, James Harden and Gerald Wallace. He is a lawyer in profession and also former college basketball player. He is also President and CEO at The Landmark Sports Agency. He also has some young players who recently entered the league under his management, like Dion Waiters, Andre Drummond and Derrick Williams.
Top Clients: Kevin Garnett, Brendan Heywood, Andrew Blatche, Ersan Ilyasova, Kyle Lowry and Omer Asik
Miler has Kevin Garnett, Brendan Heywood, Andrew Blatche, Ersan Ilyasova, Kyle Lowry and Omer Asik under his management, alongside several other veteran and young players. His company is ASM Sports, which offers a complete package of player management and public relations.
Top Client: Kevin Durant
Just recently, the New Jersey Nets minority owner and music industry mogul Jay-Z has been officially licensed as an NBA agent. He started his player management career very strong, with Kevin Durant being his first client. He was also approved by the MLB as an agent. Several other star players are rumored to follow Durant and deal with Jay-Z to be their agent.