LeBron James Makes Nearly Ten Times As Much Per Game As Michael Jordan Did

By on August 30, 2017 in ArticlesSports News

The debate over who's better – Michael Jordan or LeBron James – has raged since before LeBron even entered the league in 2003. Jordan retired the season prior, so we never got to witness a head to head matchup between the two.

Still, that hasn't stopped people from arguing for their respective sides. Fans of Jordan point to the scoring, the flawless Finals record, and the killer instinct at the end of games. LeBron's backers bring up more Finals appearances, ability to play all five positions, and his passing skills.

Whichever side you prefer, we can agree on one thing: LeBron has made a lot more money on the court.

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Let's take a look at the numbers. LeBron made about $312,000 per game this past season. But 25 years ago, during the 1991-92 campaign – Jordan's second title – His Airness made just under $34,327 per contest. That's nearly ten times less than what LeBron makes.

Even accounting for inflation, Jordan's per game earnings would still only be about $61,363 a game – about five times less than LeBron's per game salary.   

Each player earns plenty from endorsement deals, too. Nike/Jordan Brand shoes routinely crush the competition, and LeBron's various side projects and businesses have him on track to become a billionaire at the same age as Jordan when he became one.  

LeBron's on court earnings dominance is a reflection of the modern age of basketball. The average salary for the 2016-17 season was $6.2 million. 25 years ago? An entire team's salary cap was just $12.5 million. Times sure have changed, huh?

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Articles Written by Joey Held
If there's a story anywhere in the world of music, sports, or entertainment, Joey wants to tell it. He's been freelancing since 2010, and prior to that, he attended the University of Miami, where he double majored in broadcast journalism and sport administration. A Chicago native, Joey currently resides in Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter and Google+ and always feel free to suggest a song for his next karaoke performance.
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