Efficiency Ratings: Game 14

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.

Alabama-Birmingham jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Duke responded with a 26-1 run to blow the game open and remove all doubt of the outcome. Once again the seniors carried the load with Smith logging a career high 33 points while Singler added 15. In the post Duke got a solid performance from Mason Plumlee who tallied 14 points and eight rebounds. UAB pulled to within 13 a few times in the second half but eventually wore down for good.

v. UAB
(change from previous game)

Notes: Nolan Smith logged his third consecutive game of 30 or more Efficiency Points with the (tied for) third most efficient performance of the season at +31 points. While Smith's performance was among this season's best, Kyle Singler's rating suffered thanks to a rough shooting night (5-of-18). In his most efficient game in a month, Mason Plumlee registered a +22 thanks to his 14 points and eight rebounds against no turnovers. As a team Duke took care of the ball extremely well, committing just six giveaways in 40 minutes.

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)
  • Nolan Smith v. Miami (+31)
  • Nolan Smith v. UAB (+31)
  • 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)

Five Least Efficient Performances*

  • Seth Curry v. Miami (-3)
  • Seth Curry v. Michigan State (-2)
  • Tyler Thornton v. Kansas State (-2)
  • Tyler Thornton v. Bradley (-1)
  • Josh Hairston v. Kansas State (+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 +292 (20.9)
  • Kyle Singler +234 (16.7)
  • Mason Plumlee +193 (13.8)
  • Andre Dawkins +181 (12.9)
  • Kyrie Irving +165 (20.6)
  • Ryan Kelly +132 (9.4)
  • Miles Plumlee +119 (8.5)
  • Seth Curry +105 (7.5)
  • Tyler Thornton +31 (3.1)
  • Josh Hairston +30 (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/10); Hairston (E/10)

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/-3
  • Ryan Kelly +17/+2
  • Miles Plumlee +19/+1
  • Tyler Thornton +7/-2
  • Josh Hairston +15/+0

Notes: Smith's last few games have helped him put tremendous distance between himself and the rest of the team while also taking over the top per game average from Kyrie Irving. At the bottom of the e-ratings, Tyler Thornton's solid performance against UAB pushed him over Josh Hairston for ninth place.

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