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Old 10-25-2008, 12:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Add it all up and a conservative estimate of Calvin Booth's NBA earnings would be $38 million, give or take a few six-figure checks. Break that down by his actual game production and his compensation truly becomes Wall Street CEO worthy:

Booth has appeared in 358 regular season games, which -- divided into $38 million -- puts his per-game pay at $106,145.25. If the league's all-time leader in appearances, Robert Parish, had averaged that, Parish would have reaped $171 million in his 21-year career.

With 4,420 minutes played, Booth has been paid the equivalent of $8,597.29 for each one. At that rate, the Bucks and the Lakers would have owed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who logged 57,446 minutes, a total of $493,879,921.

Booth's 1,174 points scored have cost his employers an average of $32,367.97 each. The Philadelphia Warriors would have had to pay Wilt Chamberlain $130,410,551 -- just for the 1961-62 season alone, when he scored his NBA-record 4,209 points.

Chamberlain also holds the league's career mark for rebounds with 23,924. At Booth's per board rate of $38,038.04, the Dipper truly would have been dipping into deep pockets: $910,022,069.

Let it be known, too, that when Michael Jordan was paid $33.14 million by Chicago in 1997-98 -- the biggest one-season salary in NBA history -- and averaged 28.7 points, it worked out to $37,616.35 for every field goal. For Booth, you have to double that and add another six grand ($81,370.45).

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Old 10-25-2008, 01:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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