The Player Efficiency Rating was developed by John Hollinger to assign a single number to rate the accomplishments of an NBA player. The formula makes use of quantifiable statistics to arrive at the number. Field goals, three point field goals, free throws, rebounds, steals, blocked shots and assists are all good, while missed field goals, missed free throws, turnovers and personal fouls are bad. The formula is complicated and is much better explained in Hollinger’s book (“Pro Basketball Forecast”).
Key things to remember regarding PER is that is based on (1) per minute playing time, (2) is adjusted for the pace of the game and (3) is adjusted so the average PER each season is 15.00.
Last year the top ten player efficiency ratings for NBA players were: (1) LeBron James (27.34); (2) Dwight Howard (26.15); (3) Dwayne Wade (25.65); (4) Kevin Love (24.39); (5) Kobe Bryant (23.94); (6) Chris Paul (23.76); (7) Kevin Durant (23.70); (8) Russell Westbrook (23.63); (9) Derrick Rose (23.62) and (10) Dirk Nowitzki (23.52).
Obviously not everyone places a high value on PER since Derrick Rose, who won last year’s MVP Award, only had the ninth best PER.
Through March 29th of this year, the top ten PER’s are: (1) LeBron James (30.47); (2) Dwayne Wade (27.40); (3) Kevin Durrant (26.63); (4) Chris Paul (26.59); (5); Kevin Love (25.82); (6) Derrick Rose (24.86); (7)Dwight Howard (24.78) ; (8) Russell Westbrook (23.92); (9) Blake Griffith (23.34) and (10) Manu Ginobili (23.33). Andrew Bynum (23.31) just missed making this year’s top ten, while teammate Kobe Bryant’s low field goal percentage dropped him well below this year’s top ten.