NBA advanced analytics devotees use PER (Player Efficiency Rating) as the main stat formula to evaluate player efficiency and value. The rating was developed by current Grizzlies Vice President of Basketball Operations John Hollinger and is a constant reference point for stat loving NBA heads.
Die hard supporters of PER say it’s the most accurate singular measure of player performance, but Colin thinks it’s foolish to exclusively evaluate a player solely based on one statistic and not account for other intangibles like personality, leadership and coachability.
Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins both rank in the Top-5 in PER and they won’t be in the playoffs this year.
Russell Westbrook has the best PER in the NBA. LeBron James is tenth. But, if the game is on the line in the fourth quarter, you can keep your PER, give Colin LeBron. Every time.
“Do you want the ball in LeBron’s hands, or Westbrooks hands with a minute to go? You want it in LeBron’s hands, without a doubt.”
Here’s Colin’s full rant on PER: