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The Top NBA Agents Every Basketball Fan Should Know

List RulesVote 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?

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  • 1

    Rich Paul

    70
    18

    Agency: Klutch Sports Management

    2021-22 salary totals: $390,213,719

    Top clients: John Wall, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons

  • 2

    Jeff A. Schwartz

    61
    24

    Agency: Excel Sports Management

    2021-22 salary totals: $450,394,008

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

  • 3

    Mark Bartelstein

    47
    23

    Agency: Priority Sports & Entertainment

    2021-22 salary totals: $267,141,977

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

  • 4

    Jay-Z

    39
    27

    Agency: Roc Nation Sports

    2021-22 salary totals: $200-400 million (est.)

    Top clients: Kyrie Irving, LaMelo Ball, Rudy Gay

    Every Athlete Signed To Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, Ranked#25 of 50 50 Most Popular Music Artists of 2010#523 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

  • 5

    Bill Duffy

    17
    3

    Agency: BDA Sports Management

    2021-22 salary totals: $150,555,140

    Top clients: Luka Doncic, Goran Dragic, Nikola Vucevic, Deandre Ayton

  • 6

    Thad Foucher

    14
    1

    Agency: Wasserman

    2021-22 salary totals: $118,434,430

    Top clients: Russell Westbrook, Evan Mobley, Norman Powell, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

  • 7

    Aaron Goodwin

    26
    20

    Agency: Goodwin Management Group

    2021-22 salary totals: $67,476,707

    Top clients: Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Gary Payton II

  • 8

    Aaron Mintz

    20
    14

    Agency: CAA

    2021-22 salary totals: $213,323,074

    Top clients: Paul George, Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell

  • 9

    Bouna Ndiaye

    11
    4

    Agency: Comsport

    2021-22 salary totals: $66,265,740

    Top clients: Nicolas Batum, Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier

  • 10

    Austin Brown

    11
    7

    Agency: CAA

    2021-22 salary totals: $267,921,614

    Top clients: Zion Williamson, Donovan Mitchell, Jaren Jackson Jr., Kyle Kuzma

  • 11

    Steven Heumann

    8
    6

    Agency: CAA

    2021-22 salary totals: $179,788,400

    Top clients: Andrew Wiggins, Chris Paul, Mike Conley

  • 12

    Rich Kleiman

    4
    0

    Agency: Roc Nation

    2021-22 salary totals: $40,918,900

    Top clients: Kevin Durant (only)

  • 13

    Ty Sullivan

    3
    0

    Agency: CAA

    2021-22 salary totals: $145,971,248

    Top clients: Malcolm Brogdon, T.J. Warren, Devonte Graham

  • 14

    Mike Lindeman

    3
    0

    Agency: Excel Sports Management

    2021-22 salary totals: $140,405,455

    Top clients: DeAndre Jordan, Ivica Zubac, Tyler Herro

  • 15

    Jason Ranne

    3
    0

    Agency: Wasserman

    2021-22 salary totals: $104,667,629

    Top clients: Bojan Bogdanovic, Clint Capela, Bogdan Bogdanovic

  • 16

    Greg Lawrence

    3
    0

    Agency: Wasserman

    2021-22 salary totals: $76,743,676

    Top clients: Klay Thompson, Domantas Sabonis, Alex Caruso

  • 17

    Jessica Holtz

    3
    0

    Agency: CAA

    2021-22 salary totals: $63,301,200

    Top clients: Devin Booker, Karl Anthony Towns

  • 18

    Darren Matsubara

    4
    4

    Agency: Wasserman

    2021-22 salary totals: $87,439,885

    Top clients: Steven Adams, Brook Lopez, Jalen Suggs

  • 19

    Chris Gaston

    1
    0

    Agency: Family First Sports Firm

    2021-22 salary totals: $28,566,129

    Top clients: De'Aaron Fox

  • 20

    Jason Glushon

    1
    0

    Agency: Glushon Sports Management

    2021-22 salary totals: $156,322,691

    Top clients: Jrue Holiday, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford

  • 21

    Alex Saratsis

    1
    0

    Agency: Octagon Athlete Representation

    2021-22 salary totals: $120,685,337

    Top clients: Bam Adebayo, Alec Burks, Josh Giddey

  • 22

    Andrew Morrison

    1
    0

    Agency: CAA

    2021-22 salary totals: $111,321,339

    Top clients: Andrew Wiggins, Robert Covington, Jonas Valanciunas, Jalen Green

  • 23

    Mitch Nathan

    1
    0

    Agency: CAA

    2021-22 salary totals: $95,007,084

    Top clients: Karl Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, Obi Toppin, Grayson Allen

  • 24

    Andy Shiffman

    1
    0

    Agency: Priority Sports & Entertainment

    2021-22 salary totals: $73,156,466

    Top clients: Doug McDermott, Joe Ingles, Kevin Huerter

  • 25

    Sean Kennedy

    1
    0

    Agency: Excel Sports Management

    2021-22 salary totals: $72,175,280

    Top clients: John Collins, Ricky Rubio, Alperen Sengun