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The Top 14 NBA Agents Every Basketball Fan Should Know 

Aaron Hager
Updated January 17, 2020 192 votes 36 voters 14 items

List Rules Vote up the agents you most want representing you.

Most of what people know about sports agencies and agents comes from Jerry Maguire, but the real world of the top sports agents in the game is full of high-pressure deals and big-money negotionations. The most powerful sports agents are always out there, wheeling and dealing and getting the best contracts for their clients.

The success of a sports agent can be measured in dollar signs, and with the salary cap in basketball, only the very best NBA agents are able to get the max contracts and lengthy megadeals for their clients. Rich Paul's Klutch Sports Group has one of the best client rosters of any agency, headlined by LeBron James, as well as Anthony Davis and John Wall. Meanwhile, Jeff Schwartz's Excel Sports Management handles the careers of stars like Nikola Jokic, Kevin Love, and Khris Middleton. You also can't count out Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, which represents clients across the spectrum of sports and has a number of NBA stars on its client list.

So check out this list of the most powerful agents in the NBA, and vote up the one you would want to have making your deals for you. Who is the best agent for a basketball player to have in his corner?

Jeff A. Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top 14 NBA Agents Every Basketball Fan Should Know
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Jeff A. Schwartz

Agency: Excel Sports Management

Contract totals: $1.8 billion
Commissions: $72.5 million

Top clients: Nikola Jokic, Kevin Love, Jamal Murray, Khris Middleton

A powerful agent?
Leon Rose is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top 14 NBA Agents Every Basketball Fan Should Know
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Leon Rose

Agency: Creative Artists Agency

Contract totals: $948.9 million
Commissions: $38 million

Top clients: Joel Embiid, Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns

A powerful agent?
Rich Paul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top 14 NBA Agents Every Basketball Fan Should Know
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Rich Paul

Agency: Klutch Sports Group

Contract totals: $814 million
Commissions: $32.6 million

Top clients: John Wall, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Tristan Thompson

A powerful agent?
Mark Bartelstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top 14 NBA Agents Every Basketball Fan Should Know
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Mark Bartelstein

Agency: Priority Sports & Entertainment

Contract totals: $868.2 million
Commissions: $34.7 million

Top clients: Gordon Hayward, Kyle Lowry, Bradley Beal, Tim Hardaway Jr.

A powerful agent?