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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34.    Moses Malone-22.31

Former 3-time league MVP Moses Malone had a two-decade career that started in 1974–75 for the Utah Stars in the ABA. He played a total of 126 games in the ABA, averaging 17.2 points and 12.9 rebounds, though those stats are not factored into this ranking.

Instead, we'll focus solely on his NBA career, which started with the Buffalo Clippers, though he played just two games before he was traded to the Houston Rockets in what is one of the worst deals in NBA history. Over six seasons in Houston, Malone posted 24 points, 15 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks and won two of his three league MVPs there.

He would continue that strong play once he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 23.9 points and 13.4 rebounds, winning a third MVP, leading the Sixers to a championship in 1983 and winning the Finals MVP. With that type of production, no wonder he ranks 34th in all-time PER, especially given that his rebounding numbers were notoriously inflated by him often grabbing his own misses for high-percentage putback opportunities.

That resulted in him being the all-time leader in offensive rebounds and one of the best rebounders in NBA history. Ultimately, Malone being 34th in PER is fairly close to where many would rank him overall.