10 NBA Players That Made More Money On The Court Than Michael Jordan
Like the launch of The last dance an ESPN documentary has shown, Michael Jordan was incredibly valuable to the Chicago Bulls. Not that we really needed the booster, but it can be easy to forget how the laughs of the Bulls were before Jordan’s arrival. As the documentary noted, a Chicago State exhibition football team drew a larger crowd than the Bulls’ games.
But Jordan changed the franchise. He helped lead the Bulls to six wins in eight seasons, grossing millions, if not billions, of dollars. However, when you look at all of his work, you notice that he was severely underpaid. Jordan earned $ 93.7 million in his NBA career, earning more than two-thirds of that salary in his last two seasons in Chicago.
Of course, Jordan did pretty well, amassing a net worth of $ 2.2 billion today. It’s still crazy to see some of the names before him in the list of the highest field winners. Here’s a look at 10 surprising players who have made more in the NBA than Michael Jordan.
Erick Dampier – $ 97,113,349
Erick Dampier has never averaged more than 12.3 points in a season. In fact, he only doubled the numbers on average in two of his 16 seasons. He was never part of a star team either. And he has never won a championship, although he has come close to several times. He reached the final in 2006 with the Dallas Mavericks, losing to the Miami Heat. Then, in 2011, things changed and he lost to the Heat against the Mavericks. Although he had far less success in the field, he beat MJ on one thing: career gains.
Michael Redd – $ 101,991,325
Michael Redd was one of the best scoring guards of the 21st century. At his peak, he averaged at least 21.2 points for six straight years, a career high of 26.7 points in the 2006-07 season. Redd’s biggest problem was staying healthy. He only played six games in his rookie season and his career also ended in a drag. Redd has only 112 games in its last four seasons, retiring at 32. His last three injury-stricken seasons at Milwaukee have also been his most lucrative – he has earned about $ 51 million for playing in just 61 games.
Jalen Rose – $ 102,438,250
Jalen Rose was one of the members of the Michigan “Fab Five”. Although he never excelled in the NBA, he still had several productive seasons, helping lead the Pacers to deep playoffs in the late 1990s, culminating in an appearance in the NBA Finals in 2000. Rose even finished with the Bulls for three years, earning just over $ 12 million in his last season with the team. That’s a higher annual salary than MJ’s during his first 11 years in Chicago. This Bulls team finished 30-52, good for 12th place in the Eastern Conference.
Mike Bibby – $ 107,093,621
The Vancouver Grizzlies led Bibby with second choice in the 1998 NBA Draft, which helped him make a living from the start. After three years in Vancouver, he joined the Sacramento Kings and was a member of the exciting team that faced the Lakers in the 2002 Western Conference finals. Although Bibby was part of the first All -Rookie, he never teamed All-Star or All-NBA. However, he had a productive career of 14 years. Bibby’s most lucrative season was 2008-2009, when he made $ 14,983,603 with the Atlanta Hawks.
Antoine Walker – $ 108,142,015
Antoine Walker only played a dozen years in the NBA and retired at 31, while cleaning very well. After his rookie contract, he earned at least $ 6.88 million each year, with stops in Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Minnesota and Memphis. Walker also never encountered a shot he didn’t like. He once told reporters that the reason he had shot so many pointers was that there were no four-pointers. It’s a great quote, although Walker’s story is also a precaution. Despite earning more than $ 108 million, Walker eventually went bankrupt while living a lavish lifestyle.
Scottie Pippen – $ 109,192,430
Yes, even MJ’s number two made almost $ 20 million more than him, although Pippen made most of his money after he left Chicago. The Bulls offered him an $ 18 million contract over seven years in 1991. Even if it was fair at the time, Pippen soon outperforms the deal and the Bulls refused to give him a raise. Pippen went elsewhere, signing a $ 67.2 million, five-year deal with the Houston Rockets. Then 33 years old, was already on the decline of his career, but at least he was finally paid.
Brian Grant – $ 109,842,052
Brian Grant has never had a season that blew you away, but he has had a fairly productive career overall, finishing with averages of 10.5 points and 7.4 rebounds. Grant also made a huge jump from his rookie contract. In the summer of 1995, he had just won $ 808,000 in his first NBA season. Ten years later, he was on the verge of earning just over $ 16 million.
Lamar Odom – $ 115,967,658
For casual fans in particular, Lamar Odom might be better known as Khloe Kardashian’s ex-husband. After his last NBA season, Odom was arrested for a DUI. Two years later, he suffered from kidney failure and multiple heart attacks and strokes, leaving him in a coma. Odom was placed on respiratory assistance before regaining consciousness. Odom later admitted that his basketball career ended more quickly than he probably should have because of his drug use. During his heyday, he was a productive player. In seven seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, he averaged 13.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists, adding two championships and a sixth man of the year.
Allan Houston – $ 117,556,500
What could be more impressive – that Allan Houston has made so much money despite playing in the NBA for 12 seasons, or having won more than a quarter of that win by playing in just 20 games? Houston began his career in Detroit and has made $ 2,869,000 over three seasons. Then the Knicks took over and made sure it got PAID. In fact, Houston’s highest-paid season was one he didn’t play at all. After only 20 games in 2004-05 (and a salary north of $ 17.5 million), Houston won $ 19.125 million in 2005-06 despite the fact that it does not play at all. As a result, the league developed the amnesty rule, which allowed teams to remove a player without luxury tax penalties. This rule has been widely ridiculed as the “Allan Houston rule”.
Patrick Ewing – 125,193 $ 120
Patrick Ewing never beat Michael Jordan in the playoffs, but he beat him in career gains. The Knicks’ center entered the league a year after Jordan and left the same season as him, but Ewing made about 33% more money than MJ. For his first ten seasons in the league, Ewing has earned no more than $ 4.5 million. But he had certainly proven his worth over the years, and the Knicks rewarded him with a big contract. Today, Ewing is the head coach of Georgetown University, and sometimes dunks on people in commercials.