Efficiency Ratings: Davidson

As the Blue Devils progress through the season there will be many different theories on how to measure team success. TDD has adopted an 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 above referenced 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.

Duke opened the 2013-2014 hoops campaign with a huge victory over Davidson. Duke had four 20-point scorers in the same game for the first time in school history. The Atlantic Coast Conference favorites shot 70.4 percent - just the sixth time in school history that it was better than 70 percent for a game. Duke effectively ended this one after a first half in which it shot 71 percent, held the Wildcats to one offensive rebound and scored 59 points - more than it had in any half in 2012-13.

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Notes: Three starters and one super sub (who will likely regain his starting position) started to separate themselves from the rest of the pack from the opening tip. Parker and Hood were fantastic as predicted, but it was the hugely efficient nights turned in by Cook and Sulaimon that propelled Duke.

After struggling in the preseason with conditioning and illness, Sulaimon scored 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and shot 67 percent from the floor and 75 percent from the perimeter to break out of any perceived slump. Meanwhile Cook, who seemed somewhat unsure of his role in the first two exhibition games, took control of the team to score 21 points and hand out eight assists (against 0 turnovers) in 34 minutes.

Going forward, Duke will need more from the players manning the pain, especially in the rebounding department. Duke got a total of just 1 rebound and 1 block from the quartet of Marshall Plumlee, Amile Jefferson, Alex Murphy, and Josh Hairston. The four players combined to accumulate 34 minutes between them.

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

Ten Most Efficient Performances

  • Rodney Hood v. Davidson (+30)
  • Quinn Cook v. Davidson (+29)
  • Jabari Parker v. Davidson (+27)
  • Rasheed Sulaimon v. Davidson (+25)

Five Least Efficient Performances*
  • Josh Hairston v. Davidson (+0)
  • Marshall Plumlee v. Davidson (+1)
*- players must play at least five minutes or factor into the box score to be considered for per game E-ratings
Cumulative Season ratings for the Blue Devils. (E/game)*
  • Rodney Hood: 30 (30.0)
  • Jabari Parker: 27 (27.0)
  • Amile Jefferson: 7 (7.0)
  • Quinn Cook: 29 (29.0)
  • Rasheed Sulaimon: 25 (25.0)
  • Tyler Thornton: 8 (8.0)
  • Matt Jones: 5 (5.0)
  • Alex Murphy: 6 (6.0)
  • Josh Hairston: 0 (0.0)
  • Semi Ojeleye: — (—)
  • Andre Dawkins: - (-)
  • Marshall Plumlee: - (-)
*- players must play at least five minutes or factor into the box score to be considered for per game E-ratings.

Games Factored In: Plumlee (0), Ojeleye (0), Dawkins (0)

Cumulative Season ratings per minute for the Blue Devils. (E/minutes)

  • Rodney Hood: 1.174
  • Rasheed Sulaimon: 1.000
  • Jabari Parker: 0.909
  • Quinn Cook: 0.853
  • Alex Murphy: 0.750
  • Amile Jefferson: 0.636
  • Matt Jones: 0.294
  • Tyler Thornton: 0.286
  • Marshall Plumlee: 0.200
  • Josh Hairston: 0.000
  • Andre Dawkins: 0.000
  • Semi Ojeleye: (0.250)

Tracking the most and least efficient performances by player

  • Rodney Hood +30/-
  • Jabari Parker +27/-
  • Amile Jefferson +7/-
  • Quinn Cook +29/-
  • Rasheed Sulaimon +25/-
  • Tyler Thornton +8/-
  • Matt Jones +5/-
  • Alex Murphy +6/-
  • Josh Hairston +0/-
  • Semi Ojeleye -1/-
  • Andre Dawkins +0/-
  • Marshall Plumlee +1/-

Notes: Hood's performance against Davidson was among the best these ratings have seen in four plus seasons. Whereas Duke had three players who separated themselves from the pack a season ago with Plumlee, Kelly, and Curry, this year appears to be a foursome creating the gap between themselves and the rest of the team.

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