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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50.    Dominique Wilkins-21.56

Atlanta Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins is best remembered for his explosive dunks but he was also a heck of a scorer. He averaged better than 27 points per game for four straight seasons and more than 25.5 points per game for a full decade. Despite that, he won just one scoring title in his Hall of Fame career, thanks to Michael Jordan, who won ten.

Unlike Jordan, however, Wilkins wasn't nearly as efficient of a scorer and his 53.7 true shooting percentage is among the lowest of any player on this list who didn't play in the 1950s or 1960s. That hurts him in terms of PER since he didn't shoot well on threes and wasn't as efficient as he could have been from inside the arc.

Still, that year-over-year consistency as an offensive player allowed him to finish his career with a terrific PER of 21.6—all-star level. Nevertheless, Wilkins is often overlooked as a player since he was known as the Human Highlight Film, essentially just a dunker. Ironically, had he not left the NBA twice to play overseas, he would have been the third player to score 30,000 career points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain, proving he was the real deal.