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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74.    Nikola Vučević-20.17

Chicago Bulls center Nikola Vučević has been known to put up a big number over the course of his 13-year career thus far. He started his career with the Philadelphia 76ers but didn't actually break out until he was traded to the Orlando Magic, where he quickly became a star. In nine seasons in Orlando, Vučević posted 17.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. 

Not only that, but he developed into a stretch five, allowing him to score in the post, or step outside, and knock down threes. In fact, during his best season in 2020–21, Vučević averaged a stellar 23.4 points and shot 47.7% from the field, 40% from three on 6.3 attempts, and 84% from the line. He also crashed the glass, averaging 11.7 rebounds, including a 24-rebound effort, one of 13 20-board games thus far in his career. 

At age 33, he is starting to slow down, but he could still play for another few seasons given his skillset. That longevity might actually result in him falling out of the top 75, however, since he is .01 ahead of Hall of Famer Rick Berry. Perhaps that is for the best because, despite his strong numbers, few would say Vučević is a top-75 player.