Embassy Suites by Hilton Las Vegas July 2023

2023 Basketball Career Conference

Taking place as Vegas becomes the heart of the basketball universe during Basketball Exposure Camps and Summer League Games!

What is the SMWW Basketball Career Conference?

The SMWW day-long career conference offers unique panel discussions and question-answer periods designed to start or advance your career in the business of basketball. The day will be split up into diverse speaker panels; including agency, scouting, analytics and coaching, player development, and sports career strategies. The Welcome Reception and Networking Lunch offer attendees to network within the business side of basketball.

Who Should Attend the 2023 Basketball Career Conference?

This conference is designed for individuals who have always dreamed of working in basketball. Aspiring agents, executives, scouts, sales reps, marketers, analysts – all will learn a bevy of insider information to help set them apart. Attendees include business professionals hoping to break into sports, sports agents looking to network, college students trying to get a foot in the door, basketball fans interested in changing careers, and many more satisfied participants. We do require attendees to be over age 18.

Why should you attend the SMWW Basketball Career Conference?

  • Develop authentic connections with basketball industry experts in a small intimate environment
  • Gain insight into the latest trends in scouting, agency, coaching, and analytics
  • Discover who is hiring and what you need to know to get hired
  • Receive career guidance from basketball insiders
  • Connect with other basketball career-minded individuals
  • Learn strategies to catapult your basketball career to the next level
  • Ask questions of basketball executives, scouts, media, and more

Be a part of the highest quality discussions regarding basketball careers and industry insights – this is the event to help sharpen your skills! All participants are encouraged to ask questions and interact with leaders in professional and collegiate basketball.

What is the NBA Summer League* & Basketball Exposure Camps?

*SMWW's Career Conference is not affiliated or any way connected with NBA, or NBA Summer League Games, or NBA G-League

The NBA Summer League takes place after the NBA Draft.  Summer League is your first chance to see all of the NBA’s top draft picks take the court! The rosters feature mostly young players under the age of 25 who are new to the NBA or have been in the league for only a year or two. This year, the NBA Summer League is in Las Vegas July 7-17th, 2022. Las Vegas Summer League features all 30 teams, with each one playing five games. The annual event gives rookies, G League players, and other fringe-NBA players a chance to show their worth at the NBA level. The games are played on two gyms on the University of Nevada Las Vegas Campus in the Thomas & Mack Center. Two gyms are attached and you can walk back and forth between the courts to see both games being played. While the 2022 NBA draft has yet to take place, players like Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren will likely be selected and, in turn, compete in Summer League action. You can register to be the first to know about tickets sales here. People attending the games include league executives, team owners, general managers, team scouts, coaches, agents, media, current and former NBA players from around the world...and FANS! Las Vegas becomes a basketball mecca with so many team representatives from around the world therefore Basketball Exposure Camps are very active in July in Las Vegas. Simply put, if you work in basketball, you are in Vegas in July! 

Note: NBA Summer League tickets can be purchased at the door or online at nbatickets.com. Tickets go on sale in May 18, 2022. (We suggest buying online and in advance to avoid standing in line, in the heat!). Tickets are not included with the SMWW Basketball Career Conference. You do not need to attend the SMWW Basketball Career Conference to gain entry into the NBA Summer League Games. 

If you'd like to book a hotel room through our discount block of rooms, please follow this link!

*SMWW's Career Conference is not affiliated or any way connected with NBA, or NBA Summer League Games, or NBA G-League


2022 Featured Speakers
*Speakers are subject to change.

Dean Oliver
NBA Analytics Pioneer
Dei Lynam
Veteran Sports Announcer
Carl Berman
NetScouts Managing Partner
Joel Corry
Former NFL & NBA Agent and Salary Cap Expert
Jan Wieland
Blacktop Management CEO and Founder
Bret Kanis
NBA Agent and Sports Attorney
Rick Sund
Former NBA GM
Larry Riley
Former Golden State Warriors GM
Irv Roland
Utah Jazz Asst. Coach
Lynn Lashbrook
President & Founder of SMWW. Certified Sports Agent. Former NCAA Athletic Director.

2022 SMWW Basketball Career Conference Agenda

(​Speakers and times are not guaranteed.)

Sunday, July 10th
5-7pm SMWW Welcome Reception

Embassy Suites by Hilton Coconuts Sports Lounge

Monday, July 11th
SMWW Basketball Career Conference

Embassy Suites by Hilton Conference room

7am - for those staying at the Embassy Suites, Breakfast is included
8:00 am Registration Opens (Coffee & Bagels for those not staying in the hotel)

8:30 am Basketball Agency: Recruiting, signing and managing professional basketball players at all levels of the game.
Jan Wieland, FIBA Agent & SMWW Faculty
 Bret Kanis, NBA Agent & SMWW Faculty
 Joel Corry, CBS Sports "Agents Take" Writer & SMWW Faculty

9:30 am Basketball Analytics: Coaching games and running practices with analytics
NBA Analytics Pioneer & Washington Wizards Asst. Coach  Dean Oliver & SMWW Faculty

10:15am Coffee Break

10:30am Basketball Scouting: finding the diamonds in the rough
Rick Sund, former Detroit Pistons and Seattle Sonics GM & SMWW Faculty
Carl Berman, NetScouts Managing Partner & SMWW Faculty

11:30am The Life of an NBA Broadcaster
Dei Lynam - NBA Broadcaster & SMWW Faculty

12:15pm Basketball Player Development, turning minor league players into NBA Stars
Larry Riley, former Golden State Warriors GM Larry Riley & SMWW Faculty
Irv Roland, Utah Jazz Asst. Coach & SMWW Faculty

1:00 pm Life of an NBA Coach - Toronto Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse

1:30 pm Networking lunch

3:00 pm- 10pm Attend the Summer League Games at UNLV - see 8 NBA Teams play in one day! (Note: Summer League tickets not included with registration)
Thomas & Mack and Cox Pavillion on UNLV Campus

Please Note: SMWW's Career Conference is not affiliated or in any way connected with the NBA, the NBA Summer League Games, or the NBA G-League.

Where is the SMWW Basketball Career Conference?

Embassy Suites by Hilton Las Vegas
4315 University Center Drive Las Vegas, Nevada 89119 USA
This is less than a half-mile from UNLV and Thomas & Mack Center and the Las Vegas Strip and McCarran International Airport are only five minutes away!
Where should you stay? Stay at the Embassy Suites and use the SMWW Discount code for booking rooms for $139 a night plus tax and no resort fee! 

Click here to book your rooms at $139 plus tax and no resort fee.


I learned so much at the SMWW Basketball Career Conference, it was a great experience and an amazing opportunity to network. Being able to interact with professional personnel and team decision-makers inspiring and educational. I feel the knowledge I acquired will lead directly to a sports career. Thank you, SMWW!
- Tara Iguidbashian, University of San Diego


Thank you! We will let you know as soon as conference dates are announced!