How to Become an NBA Advance Scout


An NBA advance scout knows the inside of his suitcase better than any other item he owns. Most advance scouts spend more time on the road than they do at home, and more familiar to players and front office personnel on other NBA teams than they are to their employers. Knowing how to evaluate talent and finding the little things that can be used as information by your team to its advantage during a game are the most important skills an NBA advance scout can possess.

  • Play basketball as much as you can to develop skills and forge a background in the game. Play for your high school team, if possible, and in summer basketball leagues. Play college basketball, even at one of the lower collegiate divisions. Let your coaches know that you are interested in working with them so you can one day have the necessary skills to become an advance scout for an NBA team.

  • Earn a bachelor's degree in a sports-related discipline, such as physical education, sports administration or sports studies. Apply for internships with NBA teams or other professional basketball leagues, such as the American Basketball Association, Continental Basketball League or World Basketball Association Exposure League, to get exposure to how basketball teams work and to add experience to your resume.

  • Get coaching experience, which will help develop skills related to evaluating players. Start off by working as an assistant for an established coach -- usually for free -- at the junior high, high school, small college or club level. Use that time to develop your player evaluation skills, learning what strengths to look for in a player, such as ball handling or defensive rebounding.

  • Create a resume that lists all of your basketball experience, from playing to coaching to office work. Be prepared to relocate. Apply for any job openings in the administrative offices of an NBA team, as most professional sports teams hire from within when specific jobs like scouting positions open up. Do well at your job so the team considers you a valuable asset, and someone worthy of potential promotions.

  • Contact the team's director of scouting and offer your services as a "bird dog" scout -- someone who works with or for an established scout and files a report filled with specific information -- for example, details about a specific player that the scout requested. Employ all the skills you have learned while playing and coaching to evaluate talent. Create detailed reports filled with useful information that can help your team find players to draft or trade for, depending on your assigned task.

  • Establish contacts with the other NBA teams and stay abreast of any potential openings in their advance scouting departments. Apply whenever any openings occur. Secure permission from your current employers prior to seeking employment with another team. Obtain references from your current team, as well.

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