With 11 years of NBA front office experience, ESPN NBA analyst Tom Penn is a basketball operations expert focused on advanced analytics, the salary cap, the NBA Draft, player trades and collective bargaining issues. He joined ESPN in 2010 and contributes regularly to SportsCenter, NBA Coast to Coast and other news and information programming. He also provides extensive analysis during ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the NBA Draft.
Prior to joining ESPN, Penn spent four seasons in Portland as vice president of basketball operations and assistant general manager of the Trail Blazers where he negotiated player contracts, structured player trades, evaluated talent and managed day-to-day basketball operations.
From 2000 through 2007, Penn served as assistant general manager and legal counsel of the Memphis Grizzlies where he worked closely with legendary NBA executive Jerry West in player and team related matters.
After graduating from the University of Illinois law school in 1993, Penn worked as a criminal defense attorney. From 1994-1999, Penn simultaneously developed his expertise in professional basketball. Penn began representing basketball players as a player agent in 1994, and in 1995 he founded a company that organized and performed professional basketball tours of Europe designed to help American players showcase their skills for European teams.
Penn graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame in 1990.