SBJ/July 1 - 7, 2002/Labor Agents

2002 NBA draft

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition

The 2002 NBA draft was the first among the last three drafts in which an independent agent was able to challenge SFX Basketball in representing first-round picks.

Bill Duffy, owner of Walnut Creek, Calif.-based BDA Sports, tied SFX Basketball for most first-round picks represented. Each had five.

SFX dominated the representation of young NBA players the last two years, with nine first-round picks in the 2000 draft and 10 in 2001. SFX's 10 picks last year was believed to be unprecedented in major league drafts.

Duffy this year not only tied SFX for the most picks overall but also represented more players taken in the top five spots. He had No. 2 pick Jay Williams and No. 4 pick Drew Gooden. SFX represented No. 3 pick Mike Dunleavy.

Three other independent agents represented two first-rounders each: Marc Fleisher represented No. 5 pick Nickoloz Tshkitsvili and No. 24 Nenad Krstic; Mark Bartelstein represented No. 19 Ryan Humphrey and No. 28 Dan Dickau; and Jeff Fried represented No. 17 pick Juan Dixon and co-represented No. 8 pick Chris Wilcox with Rock Newman.

— Liz Mullen

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