Efficiency Ratings: Game 1

Using the NBA Efficiency Rating Formula, TDD tracks the best statistical performances of the season

As the Blue Devils progress through the season there will be many different theories on how to measure team success. TDD has adopted the NBA Efficiency Formula to track Duke's top players and performances after each game and throughout the season. A quick way NBA coaches measure a player's game performance is by evaluating his efficiency. In order to find a player's efficiency the following formula is used:

((Points + Rebounds + Assists + Steals + Blocks) - ((Field Goals Att. - Field Goals Made) + (Free Throws Att. - Free Throws Made) + Turnovers)).

For example, compare the following stat lines:

Player A: 17 points (5-of-22 FG, 7-9 FT), 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 4 turnovers.

Player B: 15 points (5-8 FG, 3-4 FT), 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 turnovers

Who had the better game? Using the NBA formula player B, who hit five of eight shots and committed two turnovers registered a +20 efficiency total while Player A who missed 17 shots and had four turnovers had just a +11 rating.

For reference, last year LeBron James posted the two most efficient games of the season with a +54 (37 points on 11-of-17 FG & 9-10 FT, 12 rebounds, 11 assist, 2 steals, 1 block, and 2 turnovers) and +50 (40 points on 16-of-23 FG & 6-6 FT, 8 rebounds, 8 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, and 2 turnovers) rating.


LATEST GAME
The Blue Devils defeated Princeton by 97-60 margin. Five Blue Devils scored in double figures with Nolan Smith hitting for a game high 22. As a team Duke shot 55.4 percent from the field and 91.7 percent from the free throw line.

v. Princeton

  • Kyrie Irving +26
  • Nolan Smith +25
  • Kyle Singler +23
  • Mason Plumlee +11
  • Miles Plumlee +1
  • Seth Curry +12
  • Andre Dawkins +9
  • Ryan Kelly +2
  • Josh Hairston +5
  • Tyler Thornton +7

Notes: Irving's brilliant debut becomes even more impressive as the freshman registered the highest rating on the roster. Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler also rated very high. A cause for concern appears to be in the post where starting center Miles Plumlee earned just a +1 rating, though his brother, power forward Mason, put together a strong +11 rating despite scoring just five points. Josh Hairston and Tyler Thornton both made the most of their limited minutes while Dawkins and Curry both proved to be weapons off the bench.
MEMORABLE SEASON PERFORMANCES
Throughout the season TDD will track the various highs and lows using the formula.

Five Most Efficient Performances

  • Kyrie Irving v. Princeton (+26)
  • Nolan Smith v. Princeton (+25)
  • Kyle Singler v. Princeton (+23)
  • Seth Curry v. Princeton (+12)
  • Mason Plumlee v. Princeton (+11)

Five Least Efficient Performances

  • Miles Plumlee v. Princeton (+1)
  • Ryan Kelly v. Princeton (+2)
  • Josh Hairston v. Princeton (+5)
  • Tyler Thornton v. Princeton (+7)
  • Andre Dawkins v. Princeton (+9)

SEASON EFFICIENCY RATING
Cumulative Season ratings for the Blue Devils.

  • Kyrie Irving +26
  • Nolan Smith +25
  • Kyle Singler +23
  • Mason Plumlee +11
  • Miles Plumlee +1
  • Seth Curry +12
  • Andre Dawkins +9
  • Ryan Kelly +2
  • Josh Hairston +5
  • Tyler Thornton +7


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