Efficiency Ratings: Game 11

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.

After a long break the Blue Devils returned to action to defeat Elon by a 98-72 margin. It was a balanced scoring attack that did in the Phoenix, but the real story of the game was head coach Mike Krzyzewski's tying of Dean Smith on the all-time wins list with 879 over his 36 year career.

v. Elon
(change from previous game)

Notes: Ryan Kelly posts his season high with a +17 performance off the bench thanks to his career high 13 points. Without Kyrie Irving the Blue Devils continue to get a lift from their two senior All-Americans as Singler and Smith added E-scores of 25 and 24 points. Despite a slow scoring night (2 points), Mason Plumlee posted a much improved score from the St. Louis game as did Andre Dawkins who rebounded from his performance against SLU to post 17 points, 4 boards, and 4 assists.

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

Ten Most Efficient Performances

  • Mason Plumlee v. Marquette (+36)
  • Kyrie Irving v. Michigan State (+35)
  • Kyle Singler v. Oregon (+27)
  • Kyrie Irving v. Princeton (+26)
  • Nolan Smith v. Princeton (+25)
  • Nolan Smith v. Elon (+25)
  • Nolan Smith v. St. Louis (+24)
  • Kyle Singler v. Elon (+24)
  • Andre Dawkins v. Bradley (+23)
  • Kyrie Irving v. Princeton (+23)

Five Least Efficient Performances*

  • Seth Curry v. Michigan State (-2)
  • Tyler Thornton v. Kansas State (-2)
  • Tyler Thornton v. Bradley (-1)
  • Josh Hairston v. Kansas State (+0)
  • Josh Hairston v. Miami (Ohio) (+0)
  • Seth Curry 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)*

  • Nolan Smith +194 (17.6)
  • Kyle Singler +182 (16.5)
  • Kyrie Irving +165 (20.6)
  • Mason Plumlee +149 (13.5)
  • Andre Dawkins +138 (12.5)
  • Miles Plumlee +91 (8.3)
  • Ryan Kelly +91 (8.3)
  • Seth Curry +87 (7.9)
  • Josh Hairston +29 (3.6)
  • Tyler Thornton +23 (2.9)
*- players must play at least 2 minutes or factor into the box score in some what to be considered for per game E-ratings. Irving (E/8); Thornton (E/8); Hairson (E/8)

Tracking the most and least efficient performances by player

  • Kyrie Irving +35/+12
  • Nolan Smith +25/+4
  • Mason Plumlee +36/+2
  • Kyle Singler +27/+7
  • Andre Dawkins +23/+1
  • Seth Curry +18/-2
  • Ryan Kelly +17/+2
  • Miles Plumlee +19/+1
  • Tyler Thornton +7/-2
  • Josh Hairston +15/+0

Notes: Ryan Kelly's night moves him past Seth Curry on the season E-ratings. Meanwhile, Andre Dawkins is inching closer and closer to Mason Plumlee for the fourth position. Both will likely pass Kyrie Irving in the next few games given the talented freshman's absence.

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