Blue-Light Specials

January 26, 1998

With stars now taking eight-figure bites out of salary-capped
payrolls, it's increasingly important for teams to find low-cost
players capable of making significant contributions. Rookie
center Michael Stewart (right), for instance, has given the
Kings a boost despite making the NBA's minimum wage. Among the
199 players who earn less than $1 million, here are the ones who
have provided the most bang for the buck through Sunday's games.

--David Sabino

SCORING

Salary Games PPG $/Point

Rex Chapman, Suns $326,700 33 15.7 $277
Cedric Henderson, Cavaliers $250,000 37 10.0 $306
Eric Washington, Nuggets $242,000 34 10.2 $315
Ike Austin, Heat $384,000 38 14.4 $325
Jaren Jackson, Spurs $272,250 39 8.5 $392

REBOUNDS

Salary Games RPG $/Rebound

Michael Stewart, Kings $242,000 39 7.1 $416
Terry Davis, Wizards $272,500 36 7.9 $480
Ike Austin, Heat $384,000 38 6.7 $695
Cedric Henderson, Cavaliers $250,000 37 3.7 $829
Tyrone Corbin, Hawks $326,700 37 4.3 $946

ASSISTS

Salary Games APG $/Assist

Anthony Johnson, Kings $242,000 38 3.4 $892
Darrell Armstrong, Magic $350,000 40 4.7 $913
Greg Anthony, SuperSonics $272,250 39 2.5 $1,308
Anthony Goldwire, Nuggets $330,000 37 2.9 $1,392
Darrick Martin, Clippers $431,250 40 3.7 $1,421

BLOCKS

Salary Games BPG $/Block

Michael Stewart, Kings $242,000 39 2.69 $1,096
Greg Ostertag, Jazz $647,400 35 2.37 $3,520
Theo Ratliff, Pistons-76ers $928,080 37 2.76 $4,106
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cavaliers $828,000 37 1.65 $6,125
Ike Austin, Heat $384,000 38 0.66 $7,118

COLOR PHOTO: ANDREW D. BERNSTEIN/NBA PHOTOS [Michael Stewart]

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