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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62.    Enes Freedom-20.75

Former NBA big man turned Patriot Enes Freedom, aka Enes Kanter, was an 11-year NBA veteran who primarily played with the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder. During his career, he was known as a highly effective offensive player who could also crash the glass, though he was an awful defensive player. That limited him to being a low-minute starter or a backup. 

Nevertheless, Freedom often put up good offensive numbers, averaging 11.2 points on a stellar 59% true shooting as well as 7.8 rebounds and 21.2 minutes per game over the course of his career. He even grabbed a staggering 30 rebounds in a game once, proving that he was capable of monster performances.

Despite that, he started only one-third of his career games. PER does adjust for minutes, making it easier to compare starters to second units. Of course, it doesn't always work out that way, with players like Freedom being overrated. 

There's no way that he is one of the 75 greatest players ever when he wasn't even a top 75 player during each of his 11 seasons in the NBA. That definitely calls into question just how good PER is as an all-in-one stat.