Through the All-Star Break we hand out our mid-season PER Sports awards

League MVP

Chris Paul has been spectacular during the first half of the season. He has the second-best individual performance, and led his Hornets team to the best record in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.

Paul currently leads with an MVPER score of 167.05 and his Hornets are 21 games over .500 when he plays. Finally, he also second in the league in individual performance.

Other honorable mentions for the mid-season MVP award.
2. Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns (MVPER = 165.44)
3. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (MVPER = 163.81)
4. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (MVPER = 163.52)
5. Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns (MVPER = 163.47)

Top Individual Player

LeBron James is head and shoulders the best individual player within the NBA this season. His PER score of 113.27 at least 5 points better than any other player.

James is also leading a mediocre team to lofty expectations. His team is 12 games over .500 when he plays, and a woeful 0-6 when he does not play for them.

Other honorable mentions for the mid-season Top Individual Player award.
2. Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets (PER = 107.84)
3. Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix Suns (PER = 106.96)
4. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (PER = 106.29)
5. Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns (PER = 106.16)

Top Offensive Player

LeBron James is having another specta-cular offensive season within the league. He currently leads the NBA in scoring per complete game (48 minutes of action), and is also 22nd in assists per complete game.

His offensive rating is 116.70

Other honorable mentions for the mid-season Top Offensive Player award.
2. Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets (Offensive rating= 112.18)
3. Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns (Offensive rating= 109.09)
4. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (Offensive rating= 105.86)
5. T.J. Ford, Phoenix Suns (Offensive rating= 103.32)

Top Defensive Player

Marcus Camby is having another sensational defensive performance during the first half of the season. He is currently leading in defensive and total rebounds per complete game, and in blocked shots per complete game.

Camby's league-leading defensive score is 134.43

Other honorable mentions for the mid-season Top Defensive Player award.
2. Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks (Defensive rating= 105.44)
3. Brian Skinner, Phoenix Suns (Defensive rating= 101.52)
4. Chris Kaman, Los Angeles Clippers (Defensive rating= 101.42)
5. Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic (Defensive rating= 99.88)

Rookie MVP of the Year

Kevin Durant, as expected, is currently running away with the Rookie-of-the-Year award. He is leading in both the individual PER and MVPER rookie categories with scores of 84.45 and 101.33 respectively.


Other honorable mentions for the mid-season Rookie award.
2. Sean Williams, New Jersey Nets (PER = 74.48)
3. Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks (PER = 73.14)
4. Al Thornton, Los Angeles Clippers (PER = 73.04)
5. Jianlian Yi, Milwaukee Bucks (PER = 72.12)

Top-ranked players by position according to the PER Sports.

February 15, 2008
See who the top five performers are by position within each Conference up to the All-Star break. Rankings are based on players' Individual PER scores.
Forwards: PER Score
Eastern Conference
LeBron James 113.27
Kevin Garnett 100.25
Chris Bosh 95.84
Caron Butler 94.46
Shawn Marion 93.92
Western Conference
Dirk Nowitzki 102.06
Carlos Boozer 100.24
Carmelo Anthony 99.22
Tim Duncan 98.68
David West 90.38
Guards: PER Score
Eastern Conference
Jose Calderon 99.30
Chauncey Billups 96.12
Dwyane Wade 95.94
Michael Redd 90.25
Jason Kidd 88.57
Western Conference
Chris Paul 107.84
Kobe Bryant 106.29
Steve Nash 106.16
Manu Ginobili 100.53
Deron Williams 98.43
Centers: PER Score
Eastern Conference
Dwight Howard 98.77
Zydrunas Ilgauskas 86.22
Rasheed Wallace 84.56
Jermaine O'Neal 81.71
Andrew Bogut 80.24
Western Conference
Amare Stoudemire 106.96
Yao Ming 96.53
Al Jefferson 95.34
Andrew Bynum 92.78
Pau Gasol 91.92


The complete 2007/08 NBA Analysis

2007/08 PER Sports mid-season awards

The top MVP performers since 1996

The ranking of the All-Time Greatest Players


Revolutionary New Basketball Analysis

The Basketball Performance Efficiency Rating (PER) system evaluates players in the nine statistical categories of points scored, rebounds collected, assists distributed, steals, blocks, turnovers, two-point shooting percentage, three-point shooting percentage, and free throw percentage.

Each of the first six categories are adjusted from ‘per game’ to ‘per complete game’ by making due adjustments for the actual minutes played each game. The three shooting percentages are combined into one overall shooting percentage.

The nine categories are then appropriately weighted to reflect their overall contribution to basketball success.

The PER therefore measures their performance relative to a complete game.

The PER scores should be interpreted as follows:
A score of 100 or greater is consid-ered an extraordinary performance (in the top 1% of the entire league)
A score between 90 and 100 is considered a superior performance (top 5%)
A score between 80 and 90 is considered above-average performance
A score below 70 is below-average performance
A score below 60 is considered a significant

The PER methodology has also developed the Most Valuable Player Efficiency Rating (MVPER) award which measures the top MVP performer within the league each year. This measure considers the outstanding player for any given season who had the greatest impact within the league. It combines both strong individual performance – measured by the Individual PER – with his contributions to team wins when that player competed. This MVPER measure therefore combines both individual skills and winning intangible into overall player performance score.