As the 2002 NBA Draft wound down, agent Bill Duffy stood in the back of the Theater at Madison Square Garden, his hands full of various NBA team hats, with a look of exhaustion painted across his face. He exhaled with a wide smile, knowing that over the past three hours, he'd just seen his client roster bulge, adding five first-round picks (including Jay Williams, Drew Gooden and Kareem Rush) to a client stable at his BDA Sports Agency that already included several NBA vets, including All-Stars Steve Nash and Antonio Davis.

"I've always had an interest in the business side,” Duffy says a few days after the draft. "I knew everything about sports—batting averages, arena deals, ownership—when I was five years old.”