In 1996, Keith Thompson developed the Player Efficiency Rating (PER) statistic. According to Thompson, PER is a way of, "efficiently measuring performance by bringing performance down to a lowest common denominator."
In other words, rather then looking at per game statistics for a player, you look at their per minute stats and consequently their per complete game averages (per 48 minutes).
The purpose of PER is to counteract the fact that players who play more will accumulate more stats. In order to do so, you evaluate each player’s performance based on the same amount of playing time to keep everyone on an even playing field. Though the results may be controversial, they are nonetheless a very interesting and effective way of gaining an accurate representation of just how valuable a player is to his team.
I will now list the top 25 NBA players under the age of 25 in terms of their PER this past season in an attempt to determine exactly which of these young players actually did the most to help their team win in 2010-2011.
This means these 25 players under 25 should THEORETICALLY be the top 25 players to build an NBA team around, right?
Well, we’ll just have to see what the often controversial PER stats tell us…
I encourage you to leave you counter-arguments and comments below,
All information on the PER statistic taken from "Deciding Basketball’s Greatest: The PER Sports Concept."