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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16.    Chris Paul-24.13

Point guard Chris Paul is still going strong in his 19th season as a member of the Golden State Warriors. At his peak, Paul was one of the most productive point guards in NBA history, resulting in a sky-high PER. Over his first twelve seasons, six spent with the Oklahoma City/New Orleans Hornets and six with the LA Clippers, Paul put up outstanding numbers, averaging 18.7 points on 58% TS, 9.9 assists, and 2.3 steals.

Not only that but he had an incredible 25.7 PER during that span. With that insane play to start his career, Paul was all but guaranteed a high spot and even in his 30s, he had 3 more seasons of 20+ PER. While it is trending down as he approaches 40 years old, his play hasn't completely fallen off a cliff.

The only thing missing from his first ballot Hall of Fame career is a championship. Although the Warriors seem like long shots to win it all in 2023–24, he may still have a season or two left in him to try and win an elusive title. Doing so would solidify his career but even without it, he is a top-25 player all-time.