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Clippers big man Boban Marjanovic’s PER after 6 games is highest in NBA history

While Los Angeles Clippers big man Boban Marjanovic is the team’s third-string center, he actually leads the entire league in a very impressive statistic. The 7-foot-3 giant’s Player Efficiency Rating (PER) is currently at a whopping 37.53, which is good for the No. 1 spot in the whole NBA.

For a little background, PER is a formula developed by sports analytics expert-turned-Memphis Grizzlies executive John Hollinger which aims to calculate a player’s contributions for his team based on his statistical performance. As it turns out, Marjanovic is far and beyond the best player in the league in this all-encompassing statistic, beating out the likes of Anthony Davis (33.21), Stephen Curry (33.21), and Nikola Jokic (31.59) — all of whom are early candidates for season MVP.

The issue for Marjanovic is his very limited playing time. In six appearances for the Clippers thus far, the 30-year-old is averaging 8.5 points on 76.0 percent shooting, 4.3 rebounds, 0.3 steals, and 0.3 blocks. Those are not very impressive at face value, but considering how he is only playing 9.3 minutes per game, this is the epitome of efficiency.

Converting Boban’s stats to a per-36 minutes basis, his numbers become simply mind-blowing: 32.8 points, 16.7 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks. Those are MVP numbers right there, if only he had that much playing time.

Despite the “Free Boban” movement gaining more steam in recent weeks, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers does not seem to be willing to unleash the beast that is Marjanovic just yet. An increase in minutes could be a possibility on the horizon (especially if either Marcin Gortat or Montrezl Harrell suffer an injury), but getting close to 36 minutes per contest is just not going to happen.