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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30.    Kevin Garnett-22.66

Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett spent the majority of his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves and later the Boston Celtics, putting up numbers across the board. Over a nine-year run in Minnesota, he posted 22.4 points, 12.6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game.

That is outrageous production for a couple of reasons, the first being that the pace of play in the 1990s and early 2000s was much slower than it is now, making it harder for one player to put up those numbers. Some of that can be attributed to the Wolves not putting enough talent around Garnett and forcing him to not only be their best offensive player but also fascilate too.

Garnett was also a generational defensive player who could switch onto perimeter players, protect the paint, and crash the glass too. After being traded to the Celtics, Garnett took a backseat on offense but was still efficient and a force on defense.

Had it not been for his ill-fated Brooklyn Nets tenure as well as his return to the Timberwolves, Garnett would likely rank much higher than 30th in PER considering just how great he was in his prime. 30 is still more than respectable, however, and probably only a few spots off where many would rank him.