Investment Banks as NBA Players

In honor of the NBA Finals, it's time we compared the investment banks to NBA Players:

Goldman Sachs = LeBron James

Qatalyst = Steph Curry

Morgan Stanley = Nikola Jokic

Centerview Partners = Jayson Tatum

Evercore = Kawhi Leonard

Wells Fargo = Joel Embiid

JPMorgan = Damian Lillard

PJT = Kevin Durant

UBS = Luka Doncic

Deutsche Bank = Ja Morant

Houlihan Lokey = Anthony Davis

Baird = Giannis Antetokounmpo

William Blair = DeMar DeRozan

Citi = Kyrie Irving

Raymond James = Jimmy Butler

Piper Sandler = Anthony Edwards

Brown Gibbons Lang = Draymond Green

Nomura = Jeremy Lin

FT Partners = Klay Thompson

Barclays = Jamal Murray

Truist = Trae Young

Stephens = Austin Reaves

BNP Paribas = Franz Wagner

RBC = Pascal Siakam 

To be fair, RJ is the only widely known bank headquartered in Florida

What about this list:

  1. LeBron James - Goldman Sachs: LeBron James, like Goldman Sachs, is arguably one of the most recognized names in his field. Both are associated with high performance, remarkable consistency, and have a long history of success. Their influence extends beyond their primary fields, shaping culture and policy.

  2. Kevin Durant - J.P. Morgan Chase: Both Durant and J.P. Morgan Chase are known for their versatility and ability to adapt. Durant's exceptional skills make him a threat from virtually anywhere on the court, just as J.P. Morgan Chase's diversified services make it a strong player in various financial sectors.

  3. Stephen Curry - Morgan Stanley: Stephen Curry revolutionized the game with his shooting, much like Morgan Stanley has often been at the forefront of financial innovation. Both are highly respected and have a knack for setting new trends in their respective fields.

  4. Giannis Antetokounmpo - Barclays: Like Barclays, Antetokounmpo (a.k.a. the "Greek Freak") brings an international flavor to a largely US-centric industry. They both have shown resilience and the ability to compete at the highest level, even when the odds are stacked against them.

  5. Kawhi Leonard - UBS: Both Leonard and UBS are known for their effectiveness and quiet proficiency. Leonard's understated personality and focus on results mirror UBS's reputation for being discreet yet reliable.

  6. Luka Dončić - Deutsche Bank: Luka, like Deutsche Bank, represents a strong European influence within a largely American-dominated field. Both have had their ups and downs, but their talent and potential are undeniable.

  7. Devin Booker - Credit Suisse: Booker and Credit Suisse are younger compared to their peers, but they both have a strong foundation and the potential to become even more influential in the coming years.

  8. Zion Williamson - Jefferies Group: As a relative newcomer to the field, both Zion and Jefferies Group have been rapidly gaining recognition and respect. They are known for their energy, innovation, and potential to disrupt the status quo. Jefferies, though smaller than its Wall Street peers, has been growing its influence in the investment banking sector, much like Zion has been making a name for himself in the NBA.

  9. CJ McCollum - BNP Paribas: Not necessarily the first name that comes to mind when you think of superstars/banks, but they have been consistently solid and reliable, performing at a high level and providing value.

  10. De'Aaron Fox - RBC Capital Markets: While not as internationally recognized as others on this list, both Fox and RBC Capital Markets excel in their niches and have the capacity to surprise the bigger names with their performance and growth.

I dont understand why ppl post comments using chat GPT. Like whats the point?

I would think Jimmy Butler and Jefferies make a lot of sense. Both have a reputation for being super scrappy and punching above their weight. Can rub people the wrong way (see shitty culture in the HC group and how the Timberwolves speak about Jimmy). At the end of the day are you taking Butler over Giannis or Doncic or Durant or Jokic? Nah, but they can still get you more than what you expected. Just my 2¢

I feel like I could get a better output if I asked ChatGPT to do this.

I would argue JPM should be Lebron James because its like the best overall bank, if you take commercial banking into account and its systemic importance to the banking network. Furthermore, you could measure systemic importance by plus minus. Lebron's plus minus is much higher than Jordans for example.  Goldman should be like MJ. As Goldman's rival, MS would probably have to be Kobe. Also this prestige list clearly suffers from recency bias. For EB's that have a niche sector where they are the best in, I think you need to find a player who is insanely good at one aspect and average in others. So like Qatalyst would have to be like Steph Curry, as a sharp shooter.  SVB could be like  Lonzo Ball, had a bright future but ultimately fell off into irrelevance. Al Horford could be credit suisse, had pretty good stats, made all star 5 times, but now is a former shell of himself and has gone through a reorg to be used as a three point shooter to spread the floor.  Patrick Beverley would be FT Partners. 

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Career Advancement Opportunities

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  • Lazard Freres (++) 99.6%
  • Lincoln International (==) 99.1%
  • Jefferies & Company 02 98.7%
  • William Blair 12 98.2%
  • Financial Technology Partners 02 97.8%

Overall Employee Satisfaction

September 2023 Investment Banking

  • William Blair 04 99.6%
  • Lincoln International 11 99.1%
  • Canaccord Genuity 18 98.7%
  • Jefferies & Company 07 98.2%
  • Stephens Inc 11 97.8%

Professional Growth Opportunities

September 2023 Investment Banking

  • Lincoln International 01 99.6%
  • Lazard Freres 17 99.1%
  • Jefferies & Company 02 98.7%
  • Financial Technology Partners 06 98.2%
  • UBS AG 15 97.8%

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  • Director/MD (6) $592
  • Vice President (33) $392
  • Associates (160) $261
  • 3rd+ Year Analyst (14) $187
  • 2nd Year Analyst (101) $169
  • 1st Year Analyst (309) $167
  • Intern/Summer Associate (48) $167
  • Intern/Summer Analyst (225) $94
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