The 75 greatest players in NBA history, ranked by Player Efficiency Rating (PER)

The 75 greatest NBA players of all-time, ranked by PER

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63.    John Drew-20.74

Two-time NBA all-star John Drew is one of the select few players on this list to either not make the Basketball Hall of Fame or be a likely future Hall of Famer. That is not due to a lack of production, however.

Drew spent most of his 11-year NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks, making both of his all-star appearances with the team. In eight seasons with the Hawks, Drew averaged a terrific 21.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game.

Despite that, he was dealt to the Utah Jazz in 1982 for the draft rights to Dominique Wilkins, who refused to play in Utah. That trade changed both franchises. Wilkins would spend 12 seasons in Atlanta, scoring more than 23,000 points and becoming one of the greatest players in franchise history.

On the other end, Drew would last just three years in Utah, averaging a solid 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1 steal per game. However, Drew would be banned from the NBA for substance abuse issues and never played another game with his career over at the age of 31.

That unfortunate end to his career actually helps him in terms of PER since he didn't go through a decline, preserving his 20.3 career PER and ensuring a spot in the top 75.