The 75 greatest players in NBA history, ranked by Player Efficiency Rating (PER)

The 75 greatest NBA players of all-time, ranked by PER

Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant
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23.    Dwyane Wade-23.48

Despite being a shooting guard who never actually shot many threes, Miami Heat legend Dwayne Wade was exceptionally productive. He got to the rim whenever he wanted to and he also frequently got to the free throw line. That allowed him to shoot 48% from the field for his career and 76.5% from the line on over seven attempts per game, helping him offset his lack of a 3-point shot.

Wade wasn't just a scorer; he actually managed to average 4.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and put up strong defensive numbers, including 1.5 steals and 0.8 blocks per game. Even with a long list of injuries and him taking a back seat to Shaquille O'Neal and later LeBron James, his production is still elite.

Had he not done so, he would be far higher on this list but he has three championships to show for it as well as two more Finals appearances. That is a great trade-off, all things considered, and Wade still cracks the top 25, proving how great he was when he was prime.