Efficiency Ratings: Wake Forest

Using the NBA Efficiency Rating Formula, TDD tracks the best statistical performances of 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, in 2009 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 faced a couple of dangerous situations when they traveled to Winston Salem on Tuesday evening for a final ACC road contest: On the one hand there was a desperate Wake Forest squad eager to to record a signature victory for the year while celebrating senior night. On the other hand there was the fear of the Blue Devils looking forward to Saturday's potential winner take all contest against North Carolina. For most of the game the Blue Devils were in no danger of losing, building as much as a 23 point advantage before a 19-2 Wake Forest run made things interesting down the stretch. Still, Duke had enough in the tank to hit some crucial shots and earn back to back stops that could have cut the lead to a single possession with under two minutes to play en route to a 79-71 victory.

v. Wake Forest
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Per minute Efficiency
  • Austin Rivers 0.222
  • Seth Curry 0.500
  • Andre Dawkins 0.091
  • Mason Plumlee 0.864
  • Miles Plumlee 0.462
  • Ryan Kelly 0.839
  • Josh Hairston 0.000
  • Tyler Thornton 0.267
  • Quinn Cook 0.471
  • Michael Gbinije 0.000

Notes: Ryan Kelly earns man of the match status after posting his third best performance of the season with a +26 rating. Kelly scored (23 points), rebounded (8), and also recorded a handful of steals and blocks. Kelly wasn't the only post player putting up solid numbers either. Mason Plumlee posted his best score (+19) since the first game against UNC in Chapel Hill. Plumlee scored (12), rebounded (8) and hit his free throws (8-of-9) to help his team move forward.

On the perimeter Austin Rivers' score was hurt by three turnovers while Andre Dawkins managed just a +1 after committing two turnovers and hitting just one of three shots in 11 minutes.


MEMORABLE SEASON PERFORMANCES

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

Ten Most Efficient Performances

  • Mason Plumlee +35 (v. Maryland)
  • Miles Plumlee +30 (v. Maryland)
  • Ryan Kelly +30 (v. Wake Forest)
  • Mason Plumlee +29 (v. Colorado St.)
  • Seth Curry +28 (v. Michigan St.)
  • Ryan Kelly +28 (v. Penn)
  • Ryan Kelly +26 (v. Wake Forest)
  • Andre Dawkins +26 (v. Michigan St.)
  • Miles Plumlee +26 (v. W. Michigan)
  • Ryan Kelly +25 (v. Georgia Tech)
  • Mason Plumlee +25 (v. Belmont)

Five Least Efficient Performances*

  • Andre Dawkins -5 (v. Virginia Tech)
  • Austin Rivers -3 (v. Clemson)
  • Andre Dawkins -2 (v. Temple)
  • Tyler Thornton -2 (v. Tennessee)
  • Austin Rivers -2 (v. Michigan St.)
*- players must play at least 5 minutes or factor into the box score to be considered for per game E-ratings

Ten Most Efficient Per Minute Performances

  • Andre Dawkins 1.250 (v. Colorado St.)
  • Quinn Cook 1.174 (v. W. Michigan)
  • Mason Plumlee 1.160 (v. Colorado St)
  • Miles Plumlee 1.158 (v. Colorado St)
  • Mason Plumlee 1.040 (v. W. Michigan)
  • Mason Plumlee 1.129 (v. Maryland)
  • Miles Plumlee 1.118 (v. Penn)
  • Ryan Kelly 1.111 (v. Wake Forest)
  • Ryan Kelly 1.077 (v. Penn)
  • Mason Plumlee 0.958 (v. UNC-Greensboro)
*- players must play at least 5 minutes or factor into the box score to be considered for per game E-ratings

Five Least Efficient Per Minute Performances

  • Andre Dawkins -.500 (v. Virginia Tech)
  • Josh Hairston -0.200 (v. Michigan St.)
  • Tyler Thornton -.143 (v. Tennessee)
  • Andre Dawkins -.143 (v. Temple)
  • Quinn Cook -.125 (v. Belmont)
*- players must play at least 5 minutes or factor into the box score to be considered for per game E-ratings
SEASON EFFICIENCY RATING

Cumulative Season ratings for the Blue Devils. (E/game)*
  • Mason Plumlee +490 (16.3)
  • Ryan Kelly +423 (14.1)
  • Seth Curry +363 (12.1)
  • Miles Plumlee +353 (11.8)
  • Austin Rivers +334 (11.2)
  • Andre Dawkins +218 (7.3)
  • Tyler Thornton +156 (5.2)
  • Quinn Cook +144 (6.3)
  • Josh Hairston +60 (3.8)
  • Michael Gbinije +40 (4.0)
*- players must play at least 3 minutes or factor into the box score to be considered for per game E-ratings. (Gbinije 10, Hairston 16, Cook 23)

Cumulative Per Minute Season ratings for the Blue Devils. (Eseason/SeasonMinutes)*

  • Miles Plumlee 0.600
  • Mason Plumlee 0.579
  • Ryan Kelly 0.546
  • Quinn Cook 0.410
  • Seth Curry 0.404
  • Michael Gbinije 0.351
  • Austin Rivers 0.340
  • Andre Dawkins 0.315
  • Josh Hairston 0.305
  • Tyler Thornton 0.260

SEASON HIGH/LOW PERFORMANCES

Tracking the most and least efficient performances by player
  • Austin Rivers +24 / -3
  • Seth Curry +28 / 0
  • Andre Dawkins +26 / -5
  • Mason Plumlee +35 / +1
  • Miles Plumlee +30 / +1
  • Ryan Kelly +30 / +1
  • Josh Hairston +13 / -1
  • Tyler Thornton +16 / -5
  • Quinn Cook +27 / -1
  • Michael Gbinije +11 / 0


Notes: Kelly's big game and continued steady play has all but assured the junior forward of finishing the season just behind Mason Plumlee in the season scoring. The closes battles appear to be for third place between Miles Plumlee and Seth Curry with Austin Rivers having an outside shot of catching Miles for fourth.

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