The 12 Greatest Raptors in history, ranked by Player Efficiency Rating (PER)

Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors / Tom Szczerbowski/GettyImages
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No. 3: Donyell Marshall, 19.8

Our final unexpected entrant on this list is Donyell Marshall, a 6'9" forward who carved out an exceptionally long career in the league purely as a role player. The UConn star went fourth overall in the 1994 NBA Draft but never averaged more than 15.4 points per game in a season, and for his career averaged just 11.2.

Marshall was a streaky shooter and a rugged defender, the kind of player that head coaches tended to fall in love with, earning him plenty of minutes at a variety of stops. He would play for eight different franchises in a 15-year career, including a brief stop on the Toronto Raptors from 2003-2005.

The Raptors traded for Marshall in a six-player deal with the Chicago Bulls, joining a bad Toronto team rebuilding in the wake of losing Vince Carter. He just barely cleared the minimum games threshold for this list, playing 131 games for the Raptors. He averaged 13.8 points per game and a robust 8.7 rebounds, his most with any franchise.

What's more, Marshall got hot while in Toronto, hitting 41 percent of his 3-pointers (compared to a career mark of 35 percent). Add in his always-solid defensive numbers, including a steal and a block per game, and his cocktail of stats worked perfectly for PER. It also served to entice the Cleveland Cavaliers who signed him to a lucrative contract in the summer of 2005, thus ending his brief tenure north of the border.