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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59.    Chris Webber-20.94

NBA great Chris Webber was known for his well-rounded game, which made him a PER darling. At Webber's best, he was one of the most productive players in NBA history, averaging 24.1 points, 10.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.6 blocks over a five-year span.  During that time, he had a PER of 22.8—an all-star level—and he finished fifth in MVP voting during the 2000–01 season. 

While his career ended prematurely at the age of 34 due to injuries, with Webber playing just 831 games, this stat is less of a cumulative stat and instead simply rewards productions. Over the first decade of his career, he had a PER over 20 in each of those seasons, a rarity for a starter playing big minutes, unless, of course, he was on track to being a Hall of Famer. 

That keeps players such as Webber from being underrated or overlooked when compared to traditional counting stats like career points, where he only managed to score just over 17,000 points. As a result, he ranks in the top 60 in this category. That is perhaps too high for Webber, though his failing to make the 75 greatest players of all time seems like a snub.