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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72.    Elton Brand-20.51

Former number one overall pick Elton Brand is best remembered for his seven years as a member of the LA Clippers, during which he emerged as one of the most productive players in the NBA. Brand averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds over that seven-year span and made two all-star teams despite playing in a crowded Western Conference that featured Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, and Chris Webber.

Playing during an era that featured four future Hall of Famers likely prevented him from joining more all-star teams but according to PER, he played like one that entire span. After leaving the Clippers and joining the Philadelphia 76ers, Brand's production dropped off a cliff after a knee injury and he spent the last seven seasons of his career as more of a role player.

Even still, being a 20–10 player for a large chunk of his career helps him crack the top 75 in PER. Obviously, Brand isn't a top 75 player in NBA history, though for those who were fans of the league back during his heyday, he was definitely one of the better players during the early to mid-2000s.