There was a debate in the Nuggets forum about whether Manu was a "superstar" player and I did this chart up to show that he should at least be in the conversation. Thought as long as I'd already done it, may as well post it here, too. Most of you will recognize that it's inspired by recently done work at Paroxysm. The cutoffs (21.5+ PER, 21+ usg%) are somewhat arbitrary, and mainly set where they're at just to unclutter the chart of too many dots.

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This is a chart of all (qualified by minutes and games) NBA players from 2007-2012 who in a single season ended up with a PER of 21.5 or higher and a usage rate of 21% or higher. The importance of the usage rate is that it indicates what percentage of his team's possessions a player is using while he's on the court. The axis along the bottom indicates PER, the axis along the left indicates usage rate. In the past 5 seasons, 35 players passed this threshold, some more than once, for a total of 85 times. The only players to be there all 5 seasons were CP3, Dwight, Dirk, Wade, Kobe, LBJ, Manu and Duncan.





Here's the raw data:

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	PER	USG%
LBJ	31.7	33.8
LBJ	31.1	33.5
LBJ	30.7	32
DW	30.4	36.2
CP	30	27.5
LBJ	29.1	33.5
CP	28.3	25.7
DW	28	34.9
AS	27.6	28.2
LBJ	27.3	31.5
CP	27	24.3
DW	26.3	31.3
KD	26.2	31.3
KD	26.2	32
DH	26	27.2
DW	25.6	31.6
DH	25.4	26.1
KL	25.4	28.8
KG	25.3	25.5
CB	25	28.7
TD	24.7	26
DN	24.6	28.8
KB	24.4	32.2
TD	24.4	28.5
TD	24.4	28.2
MG	24.3	28.7
KL	24.3	22.9
KB	24.2	31.4
DH	24.2	26.1
MG	24.1	22.7
DH	24	23.9
BR	24	27.4
KB	23.9	35.1
CB	23.8	27.7
CP	23.7	21.1
CP	23.7	22.2
ChB	23.6	23
KD	23.6	30.6
RW	23.6	31.6
DR	23.5	32.2
BG	23.4	26.6
DN	23.4	28.2
TP	23.4	31.7
PG	23.3	21.8
AJ	23.1	28.9
DN	23.1	30.3
DR	23	30.5
AB	22.9	23.8
PG	22.9	21.4
MG	22.9	27.2
DH	22.9	24.2
DN	22.9	28.8
RW	22.9	32.7
AJ	22.8	25.7
LMA	22.7	27
AJ	22.7	27.5
YM	22.7	26.2
AS	22.7	30.9
ZR	22.6	25
AS	22.6	27.3
TD	22.5	26.2
MG	22.5	25.8
YM	22.5	27.1
SO	22.3	24.2
CA	22.2	33.4
DL	22.2	23.8
CB	22.1	26.9
GM	22	23.6
TP	22	27.7
ClsB	21.9	26.6
KB	21.9	35.7
KB	21.9	32.3
TD	21.9	22.9
BG	21.9	27.3
DG	21.8	29.6
PM	21.8	23.2
CA	21.7	32
DMC	21.7	29.7
MG	21.7	26
DN	21.7	29.2
PG	21.6	22.1
DH	21.6	28.4
SN	21.6	22.9
LMA	21.5	25.7
DW	21.5	33.1