10 of the 121 players who made more than Scottie Pippen in 1997-98

Scottie Pippen made less than $3 million in the 1997-98 season. [Image Source: Flickr | Horse RacingNation]
Scottie Pippen made less than $3 million in the 1997-98 season. [Image Source: Flickr | Horse RacingNation]

Scottie Pippen was only the 122nd highest-paid player in the 1997-98 season.

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With ESPN’s “The Last Dance” set to air the third and fourth episodes on Sunday, April 26, the first two episodes which aired the previous Sunday brought many surprises.

One of the biggest was that Scottie Pippen, a perennial All-Star and future Hall of Famer, was only the 122nd-highest-paid player for the 1997-98 season. For that season, his salary was a grossly underpaid $2.775 million.

This was a player that entering that season had made six straight All-Defensive First Teams, six straight All-NBA teams, finished in the top-11 of MVP voting five of the last six years, and won five championships with Chicago.

Here are ten players that in that season made more than Pippen, even though they weren’t close to being on his level. It can easily be argued that Pippen deserved to make more than the majority of players who were higher-paid that season and a list of them were found at HoopsHype.

1

Danny Ferry

The 1997-98 season was both Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Cedric Henderson’s rookie seasons, and that really put a hit on Ferry’s playing time. For the year, he went on to average only 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds.

2

Harvey Grant

Grant had a stretch of productive play from 1990-91 until 1992-93, but his play began to deteriorate after. By 1997-98, he finished with pedestrian averages of 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds.

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