Celtics Basketball: Who made more?

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Celtics Basketball: Who made more?

Earlier this summer, Kevin Garnett became the richest player in NBA history.

Of course, we're talking pure on-court earnings here. If we expand the conversation to outside income we'd have to factor in things like MJ's Nike money and Rashad McCants' acting career and at the point KG's a little out of his league.

But in terms of total NBA salary, no one's made more than Garnett, who's now in the books for a cool 328,562,398.

Shaq is second at 292,198,3273. Kobe Bryant is third at 279,738,062. And if you want to read more about the top 100 Moneymakers in NBA History, you can do so in this post from ProBasketballTalk as long as you're prepared to live in a world where David Lee has made more money playing basketball than Michael Jordan.

Anyway, after staring at the Top 100 list for a while, I've come up with an extremely stupid game:

Which former Celtic had the higher career earnings? (Source: Basketball Reference)

So the game is easy. I present you with two former Celtics, and you guess which guy made more money over the course of his career.

Answers are at the bottom.

1. Who made more: Acie Earl or Kedrick Brown?

Here are three Acie Earl basketball cards to help you think.

2. Ron Mercer or Rick Fox?

Remember, no counting the money Fox made doing this.

3. Dee Brown or Pervis Ellison?

I definitely wasn't watching the night Pervis turned into a zombie.

4. Vin Baker or Gary Payton?

Here are the two Sonics posing with the West squad at the 1998 All-Star Game. I see you, Nick Van Exel.

5. Raef LaFrentz or Wally Szczerbiak?

I can only find one picture of these two together on the "Internet." Fitting that it's a shot of Wally crumpled up in heap while Raef labors to bend down and lend a hand. (And Delonte contemplates what the hell he's got himself into.)

Answers:

1. Kedrick Brown's 7.2M > Acie Earl's 5.2M: I guess it makes sense that the No. 11 pick in 2001 would make more than the No. 19 pick in 1993. Especially since Brown played five seasons compared to Earl's four. I just wasn't sure if Earl's height had duped a general manager into another couple million dollars at the tail end of his career. Oh well. He'll always have April 12, 1996.

2. Ron Mercer 35.2M > Rick Fox 34.03M: In all my days, there are very few Celtics who I enjoyed watching shoot more than Mercer. Off a screen from 17 feet? He was automatic. So automatic that he parlayed that one skill into 35M over eight seasons in the league.
3. Dee Brown's 24.14M > Pervis Ellison's 24.05M: Barn burner! I would have guessed Pervis here because he was never nervous, and also because he was the No. 1 overall pick, a solid rebounder and active during a period of NBA history when Jim McIlvaine was worth 33M over seven years. No dice. Congrats, Dee.
4. Gary Payton's 104M > Vin Baker's 97M: I included this one because I figured everyone would guess Baker based on the commutative property of "Why would he include this question other than to make a point that Vin Baker earned more than Gary Payton?" Don't you feel better now?

5. Raef LaFrentz's 84.1M > Wally Szczerbiak's 74.4M: More depressing than the fact that LaFrentz and Szczerbiak made 158M between them? That combined total is still 7M less than what Jermaine O'Neal has made all by himself.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.


 

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown still undecided on All-Star dunk contest

WALTHAM, Mass. – To dunk or not to dunk with the best in the NBA?
 
That is the question Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown is grappling with these days.
 
The 6-foot-7 Brown confirmed that he has been invited to be part of the league’s Slam Dunk competition at All-Star weekend, but hasn’t made up his mind as to whether he will participate.
 
Brown said he’ll likely make a decision about it sometime this weekend.
 
While he certainly understands that is indeed an honor for any player to be asked to participate in All-Star weekend, Brown said his trepidation about being part of the slam dunk competition has a lot to do with its potential impact on his body and how that may affect his ability to recharge over the weekend and get ready to finish out his rookie season strong.
 
If he decided to enter the contest, he would be facing some really stiff competition from last year’s winner Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, whose battle last season put their slam dunk competition among the best ever.
 
Facing tough competition is not something that concerns Brown.
 
“I’m not worried about anybody or anything,” Brown said. “I think I have a lot to offer. Just like your rookie year, your body and everything … it’s a lot. All those dunks, they look cool but it takes a toll on your body for sure. I want to put myself in the best position to help the team.”
 
While his focus has been on the Celtics, Brown acknowledged he has been getting a few tips on the competition from teammate Gerald Green, who is also a former Slam Dunk champion.
 
“[Gerald] Green has been coaching me up, giving me a lot of good ideas I wouldn’t have thought on my own,” Brown said. “If I do decide to do it, it’ll be some stuff [nobody] has seen before.”