Nba Has 64 Members In Millionaire Club

Posted: December 08, 1989

The NBA currently has 64 millionaires playing on the rosters of 27 teams, according to a comprehensive survey conducted by Timothy Renn, the marketing director for Philadelphia sports attorney Steve Kauffman.

Patrick Ewing, of the New York Knicks, is No. 1 on this Fortune 500 list, earning $3.75 million a year. Jon Koncak, of Atlanta, Kauffman's client, is the most controversial name on the list. Koncak, who was tendered a $2.5- million free agent offer sheet by Detroit last summer, opted to re-sign with the Hawks, agreeing to a new deal that reportedly will pay him $13.2 million over six years.

Koncak, who is making $2.2 million this year, is one of 21 players who are earning more than $1 million for the first time, reflecting the salary explosion in professional basketball. Interestingly, only 11 players on the list have ever made an all-NBA team, and eight players are rookies.

The Sixers have two players on the list - forward Charles Barkley, who is earning $3 million, and center Mike Gminski, who is making $1.4 million.

Below are the NBA's 64 millionaires, the length of their contracts and their average annual salary, in millions:

PLAYER TEAM POS. YRS. SALARY

Patrick Ewing New York C 4 $3.75

Chris Mullin Golden St. F 4 $3.33

Magic Johnson LA Lakers G 10 $3.10

Charles Barkley Sixers F 6 $3.00

Larry Bird Boston F 10 $2.75

Michael Jordan Chicago G 6 $2.50

Akeem Olajuwon Houston C 6 $2.50

David Robinson San Antonio C R $2.50

Wayman Tisdale Sacramento F 4 $2.50

Pervis Ellison Sacramento F-C R $2.40

Jon Koncak Atlanta C 4 $2.20

Kevin Johnson Phoenix G 2 $2.14

Terry Porter Portland G 4 $2.14

Isiah Thomas Detroit G 8 $2.10

Dominique Wilkins Atlanta F 7 $2.10

Moses Malone Atlanta C 13 $2.10

Kevin Duckworth Portland C 3 $2.10

Ralph Sampson Sacramento C 6 $2.10

Alex English Denver F 13 $2.10

Robert Parish Boston C 13 $2.00

Danny Manning LA Clippers F 1 $2.10

Karl Malone Utah F 3 $1.80

Tom Chambers Phoenix F 8 $1.80

Sean Elliot San Antonio F R $1.80

Terry Cummings San Antonio F 7 $1.70

Mike Gminski Philadelphia C 9 $1.70

Glen Rice Miami F R $1.60

Lafayette Lever Denver G 7 $1.70

Danny Schayes Denver C 8 $1.50

Dale Ellis Seattle G 6 $1.50

James Worthy LA Lakers F 7 $1.50

Bernard King Washington F 11 $1.50

A.C. Green LA Lakers F 4 $1.50

Sarunas Marciulionis Golden St. G R $1.40

Stacey King Chicago F-C R $1.33

Joe Dumars Detroit G 4 $1.33

Bill Cartwright Chicago C 10 $1.32

Mark Eaton Utah C 7 $1.30

Buck Williams Portland F 8 $1.30

Drazen Petrovic Portland G R $1.30

Jim Petersen Sacramento F-C 5 $1.30

Alton Lister Golden St. C 8 $1.20

Joe Barry Carroll New Jersey C 8 $1.20

Jack Sikma Milwaukee C 12 $1.20

J.R. Reid Charlotte F R $1.20

Kevin McHale Boston F 9 $1.20

Rolando Blackman Dallas G 8 $1.20

Sam Bowie New Jersey C 5 $1.20

Benoit Benjamin LA Clippers C 4 $1.10

Mark Jackson New York G 2 $1.10

Otis Thorpe Houston F 5 $1.10

Brad Daugherty Cleveland C 3 $1.10

Byron Scott LA Lakers G 6 $1.10

Wayne Cooper Portland C 11 $1.10

Armon Gilliam Phoenix F 2 $1.10

Clyde Drexler Portland G 6 $1.10

John Stockton Utah G 5 $1.05

Charles Oakley New York F 4 $1.00

Jeff Malone Washington G 6 $1.00

Thurl Bailey Utah F 6 $1.00

Mark Price Cleveland G 3 $1.00

Larry Nance Cleveland F 8 $1.00

Roy Hinson New Jersey F 6 $1.00

Kelly Tripucka Charlotte F 8 $1.00

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