Schwartz listed as NBA’s most powerful agent

Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management is the NBA’s top earning agent and represents more All-Stars than any other, according to a recent report from HoopsHype.

Per the website, Schwartz represents 41 total players and seven of his clients carry max contracts.

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Among Schwartz’s clientele: Kevin Love (Cleveland); C.J. McCollum (Portland); Andre Drummond (Detroit); Hassan Whiteside (Miami); Harrison Barnes (Dallas); LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio); and Isaiah Thomas (Boston).

Rounding out the top five NBA agents, respectively, are Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports, Bill Duffy of BDA Sports Management, Jeff Austin of Octagon Athlete Representation and Leon Rose of Creative Arts Agency.

(Creative Arts Agency also represents some of the nation’s top sportswriters, including ESPN NBA insider¬†Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Stein, formerly of ESPN.)

Meanwhile, Klutch Sports’ Rich Paul is seventh on the list. Paul is based in Cleveland and represents Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, as well as Cavs center Tristan Thompson and shooting guard J.R. Smith. Other notables represented by Paul: John Wall (Washington); Eric Bledsoe (Phoenix); and Ben Simmons (Philadelphia).

Former NBA point guard B.J. Armstrong, now with the Wasserman agency, is 24th on the list. Armstrong’s clients include Golden State forward Draymond Green, Cleveland point guard Derrick Rose, and Phoenix rookie forward Josh Jackson, who has been mentioned in trade rumors¬†involving Cavs All-Star Kyrie Irving.