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24/7 Wall St.: Highest-Paid Players of All Time

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2. Michael Jordan

Salary ratio: 13.98
Sport: basketball (shooting guard)
Highest salary: $33.14 million (1998)
Average player salary: $2.37 million (1998)

By all rights, Michael Jordan deserved to be the highest-paid basketball player of all time. During the 1997-1998 season, in the middle of leading the Bulls to three straight NBA Championships, Jordan was paid $33.14 million, more than 14 times the average NBA player’s salary at the time, and the highest NBA salary ever. Jordan played 13 of his fifteen NBA seasons with the Bulls, winning 6 Championships while with in Chicago. Over his career, Jordan was playoff MVP six times, the NBA MVP five times, and was voted All-Star 14 times. “Air” Jordan holds numerous records, including the most points scored in a single playoff game (63), the most seasons to lead the league in scoring (10), and the most average points per game (30.1). Jordan was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

(AP Photo/John Swart, File)

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