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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61.    Kevin Love-20.81

One player who many might have thought would win higher in PER is Miami Heat power forward Kevin Love. Love has settled into a role as a spot starter but in his prime, he was a monster offensive weapon for the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

During his best season, 2013–14, Love averaged a stellar 26.1 points while shooting 37.6% on 6.6 3-point attempts per game, as well as 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He even had an incredible 30 points and 30 rebounds in a single game that year. 

Once he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he was forced to take a back seat to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, play a lot more off the ball, and become more of a bomber from outside. That skill, as well as his strong rebounding numbers, has helped him in terms of PER. 

Threes are more valuable than twos when it comes to PER and Love has hit more than 16,00 triples over the course of his career. Even in his 16th season, Love is still going strong, posting a PER of 18.6 despite playing limited minutes as a starter with the Heat. That should help him maintain his place at the top of this category.