Efficiency Ratings: Game 6

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.

The third game of a long week marked by cross country travel and the Thanksgiving holiday saw a sometimes sloppy group of Blue Devils pound Oregon by a 98-71 margin. Four players reached double figures led by senior Kyle Singler's season high 30 points as Duke improved to 6-0 on the season.

v. Oregon
(change from previous game)

Notes: Though he struggled with his jumper at times this season, Singler was on target from all over the court on Saturday. Not only did he score 30 points on 15 shots, the 6'8 senior also added five rebounds and was perfect at the free throw line to post the second most efficient performance of the year while besting his previous season high of 23 points. Both Kyrie Irving and Nolan Smith - the team's leading efficiency players - continued their strong seasons with 17 and 16 points respectively. Despite not scoring much, Mason Plumlee had a +19 performance thanks in large part to his 12 rebounds and four blocks. The elder Plumlee, Miles, also capitalized on his rebounding (10 boards) to post his highest output of the season with a +13. Meanwhile, Seth Curry posted his second 0 efficiency point performance of the previous three games thanks to a cold night from the field (1-6 FG for 3 points).

Throughout the season TDD will track the various highs and lows using the formula.

Five Most Efficient Performances

  • Mason Plumlee v. Marquette (+36)
  • Kyle Singler v. Oregon (+27)
  • Kyrie Irving v. Princeton (+26)
  • Nolan Smith v. Princeton (+25)
  • Kyle Singler v. Princeton (+23)

Five Least Efficient Performances*

  • Tyler Thornton v. Kansas State (-2)
  • Josh Hairston v. Kansas State (+0)
  • Josh Hairston v. Miami (Ohio) (+0)
  • Seth Curry v. Oregon (+0)
  • Tyler Thornton v. Oregon (+0)
*- players must play at least 2 minutes or factor into the box score in some what to be considered for per game E-ratings

Cumulative Season ratings for the Blue Devils. (E/game)*

  • Kyrie Irving +113 (18.3)
  • Nolan Smith +108 (18.0)
  • Mason Plumlee +101 (16.4)
  • Kyle Singler +95 (15.8)
  • Andre Dawkins +68 (11.3)
  • Seth Curry +54 (9.0)
  • Ryan Kelly +46 (7.7)
  • Miles Plumlee +40 (6.7)
  • Tyler Thornton +14 (2.8)
  • Josh Hairston +8 (1.6)
*- players must play at least 2 minutes or factor into the box score in some what to be considered for per game E-ratings
Notes: Singler's big game moved him within striking distance of the top three players - Irving, Smith, and Mason Plumlee. Each of the top three have crested the 100 point mark following the three games this week with Irving leading the team with 113 points in six games. A slow shooting week from Seth Curry has dropped his rating from 13.7 through three games to 9.0 after six games. Miles Plumlee added 23 points to his season total during the last three games while Ryan Kelly added 19.

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