The 7 Greatest Spurs in history, ranked by Player Efficiency Rating (PER)

These players possess the highest Player Efficiency Ratings in Spurs franchise history.

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Despite not being located in one of the larger American sports markets, the San Antonio Spurs have achieved a remarkable level of success over the course of their 51-year history. The Spurs have missed the playoffs for the last five seasons in a row, but they still hold the highest team winning percentage in NBA history at 59.6%.

They have done this by employing a small collection of some of the greatest individual talents in league history. One way we can measure which of these players have been the most impactful is through a unique statistic called Player Efficiency Rating, or PER.

Developed by ESPN Columnist John Hollinger, this stat collects data of everything a player statistically accomplished in their career, both positive and negative, and combines it into a single number. Based on Hollinger's formula, these are the seven Spurs in franchise history with the highest PER.

For reference, a PER of 15 indicates a league-average level player, with 20 being an All-Star level player and 25 or higher being MVP level.

7. Manu Ginobili - 20.2

It is no surprise to see Manu Ginobili on this list, but it may be surprising to see him as low as seventh. Acting as one-third of the Spurs' big three that formed a dynasty in the 2000s and into the 2010s, Manu brought everything to the court that contributed to winning basketball.

Whether it was strong driving ability, sharp spot-up shooting, taking charges, getting steals, diving out of bounds for a loose ball or anything else, Ginobili was the definition of a player willing to do any and everything to help his team come out with a win.

San Antonio does not take home four championships between 2003 and 2014 without Manu on the roster. His all-around contributions and high level of play throughout his career even until his retirement in 2018 land him in the top seven for PER.