Agents influence the NBA more than referees, coaches and general managers.
They control player movement, impacting which organizations land the sport's eight or nine biggest stars. They are constantly in the ear of just about every media member, flowing rumors and behind-the-scenes bits of information that sway the public opinion on a weekly basis.
Agents are in it for the money, sure, but they're also in it for the power. And in the never-ending tug of war between owners and players to try and grab as much control of the league as they can, agents sway the tide as much as anyone.
Knowing who represents which players can be a significant factor in predicting who ends up where and how much money they could be rewarded.
Whenever a player signs an unjustifiable contract, we always look at the team and criticize its primary decision-maker. Instead, try saying something nice about the player's representation.
Agents are engaged stakeholders in everything NBA. Here are the five most powerful; the guys who make it all come together.
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