Efficiency Ratings: Notre Dame

Using an 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 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.

ric Atkins scored 19 points, Pat Connaughton had 16 and Notre Dame upset No. 7 Duke 79-77 on Saturday.

The victory comes in the wake of leading scorer Jerian Grant's dismissal from school two weeks ago for an academic violation and provides a much-needed confidence boost as the Irish begin play in their new league.

Atkins scored seven points during a decisive 20-4 run as Notre Dame rallied from a 10-point deficit and held on to win two weeks after squandering an eight-point lead in the final 50 seconds against No. 3 Ohio State at Madison Square Garden.

Mike Brey improved to 1-1 against his former boss.

"It's a historic day for us, our first ACC game," Brey said. "To beat a program like Duke's will always be a great memory for us starting off in Atlantic Coast Conference play."

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Notes: The Duke offense seemed to be rolling along for most of the game before the Irish took control midway through the second half. That the Blue Devils built a 10 point lead despite Jabari Parker's worst performance as a collegiate player was even more impressive, though ultimately unsustainable.

Parker shot just 2-of-10 from the field and played just 24 minutes - none during the final two minutes when Duke had a chance to either tie or take the lead. Parker's eight missed field goals mixed in with a season low rebounding total (4) and two turnovers resulted in a -1 score, by far his lowest of the season.

While one of the big two players was struggling, the other was breaking out of his mini-slump. Rodney Hood scored a game high 27 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field and a perfect night at the charity stripe.

The third pillar of the Duke offense, Cook, hit for 22 points and four assists along on 7-of-14 shooting to post a +23.

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

Ten Most Efficient Performances

  • Rodney Hood v. East Carolina (+32)
  • Quinn Cook v. Michigan (+31)
  • Jabari Parker v. UCLA (+30)
  • Jabari Parker v. Alabama (+30)
  • Rodney Hood v. Davidson (+30)
  • Rodney Hood v. Florida Atlantic (+30)
  • Jabari Parker v. Vermont (+30)
  • Quinn Cook v. Davidson (+29)
  • Jabari Parker v. Kansas (+29)
  • Jabari Parker v. Davidson (+27)

Five Least Efficient Performances*
  • Andre Dawkins v. Alabama (-3)
  • Matt Jones v. Kansas (-3)
  • Alex Murphy v. Florida Atlantic (-3)
  • Marshall Plumlee v. Florida Atlantic (-1)
  • Jabari Parker v. Notre Dame (-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)*
  • Jabari Parker: 297 (21.2)
  • Rodney Hood: 248 (17.7)
  • Quinn Cook: 242 (17.3)
  • Amile Jefferson: 142 (10.1)
  • Andre Dawkins: 108 (8.3)
  • Tyler Thornton: 99 (7.1)
  • Rasheed Sulaimon: 97 (7.5)
  • Josh Hairston: 46 (3.3)
  • Semi Ojeleye: 27 (3.4)
  • Matt Jones: 25 (1.9)
  • Marshall Plumlee: 21 (1.9)

Games Factored In: Ojeleye (8), Dawkins (13), Plumlee (11), Sulaimon (13), Jones (13)

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

  • Jabari Parker: 0.712
  • Amile Jefferson: 0.604
  • Andre Dawkins: 0.587
  • Rodney Hood: 0.554
  • Semi Ojeleye: 0.519
  • Quinn Cook: 0.491
  • Rasheed Sulaimon: 0.363
  • Tyler Thornton: 0.343
  • Marshall Plumlee: 0.309
  • Josh Hairston: 0.236
  • Matt Jones: 0.221

Tracking the most and least efficient performances by player

  • Rodney Hood +32/+3
  • Jabari Parker +30/-1
  • Amile Jefferson +17/+1
  • Quinn Cook +31/+8
  • Rasheed Sulaimon +25/-2
  • Tyler Thornton +15/+0
  • Matt Jones +12/-3
  • Josh Hairston +8/-1
  • Semi Ojeleye +16/-1
  • Andre Dawkins +23/-3
  • Marshall Plumlee +7/-1

Notes: Parker's one bad game doesn't change much in terms of the season tables, though Cook is closing in on Hood for second place in the cumulative table. In another interesting battle, Thornton, Dawkins, and Sulaimon are extremely close in the cumulative ratings at the scoring guard position.

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