Efficiency Ratings: Game 12

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.

In a game that saw Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski pass long time rival Dean Smith on the all-time wins list with his 880th career victory, the Blue Devils put on an offensive show against a clearly overmatched opponent. Duke logged a season high 108 points and saw both senior captains put together extremely efficient games as Singler and Smith combined for 53 points while shooting a combined 18 of 25 from the floor.

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Notes: Smith tied Mason Plumlee's huge game against Marquette as the season's most efficient performance as the senior guard recorded 26 points, 9 assists, and six rebounds while committing no turnovers. Meanwhile, Singler's 27 points and six rebounds were enough to push him to a season high 29 points. The Blue Devils played all ten rotation players with all but two recorded double-figure efficiency ratings. Something that hadn't happened all season. So much for rust from the holiday layoff.

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

Ten Most Efficient Performances

  • Mason Plumlee v. Marquette (+36)
  • Nolan Smith v. UNC-Greensboro (+36)
  • Kyrie Irving v. Michigan State (+35)
  • Kyle Singler v. UNC-Greensboro (+29)
  • 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)

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 +230 (19.2)
  • Kyle Singler +211 (17.6)
  • Kyrie Irving +165 (20.6)
  • Mason Plumlee +162 (13.5)
  • Andre Dawkins +150 (12.5)
  • Miles Plumlee +107 (8.9)
  • Seth Curry +103 (8.6)
  • Ryan Kelly +101 (8.4)
  • Josh Hairston +30 (3.3)
  • Tyler Thornton +27 (3.0)
*- players must play at least 2 minutes or factor into the box score in some what to be considered for per game E-ratings. Irving (E/8); Thornton (E/9); Hairston (E/9)

Tracking the most and least efficient performances by player

  • Kyrie Irving +35/+12
  • Nolan Smith +36/+4
  • Mason Plumlee +36/+2
  • Kyle Singler +29/+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: Nolan Smith and Singler continue to separate themselves from the rest of the roster in terms of season efficiency with Smith creeping up on injured star Kyrie Irving for the highest per game efficiency rating. Thanks to a nice night off the bench, Seth Curry leapfrogged Ryan Kelly for seventh in the season standings.

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