Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James career earnings

Photo: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The on-court debate between Michael Jordan and LeBron James continues to rage on. Off of it, however, there is only one king: King James.

Cork Gaines of Business Insider has broken down the comparison between the two legends’ career earnings. Following the 2013-14 season, James, at the age of 29, will have earned a whopping $129.2 million. By the same age, Jordan had totaled just $16.8 million.

Over the course of the former Bulls superstar’s career, Jordan netted $141.7 million, a number that James is on the verge of surpassing already.

These numbers have been adjusted for inflation, but what is hard to take into effect is the ever-changing landscape in salary restrictions within the NBA.

According to Gaines, Jordan made a combined $63.2 million during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 season. Adjusting for inflation, that number is equal to $91.5 million, or roughly $45.75 million per season.

So, while LeBron will surpass Jordan’s career earnings in a relatively short amount of time, the King will never even come close to the single-year salary Jordan brought home between ’96 and ’98.


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