Efficiency Ratings: Pittsburgh

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.

Pittsburgh (AP) — Jabari Parker scored 21 points, reserve guard Andre Dawkins added 20 and No. 17 Duke pulled away from No. 18 Pittsburgh 80-65 on Monday night.

Amile Jefferson chipped in a season-high 14 points for the Blue Devils (17-4, 6-2 ACC), which brought Pitt's hot start in its first Atlantic Coast Conference season to an abrupt halt. Duke made 13 of 25 3-point attempts, including four during a 15-3 run midway through the second half that broke open a tight game.

Lamar Patterson had 14 points for the Panthers (18-3, 6-2) who fell to 12-1 at home when they couldn't keep up with the Blue Devils.

Parker helped Duke fend off some early game jitters before Dawkins poured it on. The senior drilled 6 of 7 3-point attempts to lift the Blue Devils to their fifth straight victory.

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Notes: Parker will get all the press after posting 21 points and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes, but Duke's most efficient player against Pittsburgh was, by far, Amile Jefferson. The slender sophomore recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds while not missing a shot from the field (5-of-5) and hitting three of his four attempts from the free throw line. Throw in a pair of assists and blocks and Jefferson posted a season and career high +28. Meanwhile, Parker's line was hurt by field goal percentage (7-of-19) and reduced his score to a +20.

Meanwhile, Andre Dawkins posted a season high in per minute efficiency (+1.267/min) by scoring a +19 in just 15 minutes of action. The senior knocked down seven of nine field goal attempts and scored 20 points in limited minutes.

Other Blue Devils in double-figure efficiency scores included Rodney Hood's +14 and Quinn Cook's +12. After making his return to the starting lineup, Rasheed Sulaimon's score dipped to just a +2 behind another tough shooting night from the field (1-of-7) and only there points. He buoyed his with four assists and a steal against no turnovers.

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

Ten Most Efficient Performances

  • Rodney Hood v. East Carolina (+32)
  • Rodney Hood v. Georgia Tech (+31)
  • 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)

Five Least Efficient Performances*
  • Andre Dawkins v. Alabama (-3)
  • Matt Jones v. Kansas (-3)
  • Alex Murphy v. Florida Atlantic (-3)
  • Matt Jones v. Florida State (-2)
  • 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: 407 (19.4)
  • Rodney Hood: 365 (17.4)
  • Quinn Cook: 299 (14.2)
  • Amile Jefferson: 271 (12.9)
  • Andre Dawkins: 166 (8.3)
  • Rasheed Sulaimon: 160 (8.0)
  • Tyler Thornton: 132 (6.3)
  • Josh Hairston: 58 (2.8)
  • Marshall Plumlee: 41 (2.4)
  • Semi Ojeleye: 36 (2.8)
  • Matt Jones: 33 (1.7)

Games Factored In: Ojeleye (13), Dawkins (20), Plumlee (17), Sulaimon (20), Jones (20)

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

  • Jabari Parker: 0.654
  • Amile Jefferson: 0.642
  • Andre Dawkins: 0.572
  • Semi Ojeleye: 0.554
  • Rodney Hood: 0.544
  • Quinn Cook: 0.424
  • Rasheed Sulaimon: 0.369
  • Tyler Thornton: 0.332
  • Marshall Plumlee: 0.325
  • Josh Hairston: 0.236
  • Matt Jones: 0.182

Tracking the most and least efficient performances by player

  • Rodney Hood +32/+3
  • Jabari Parker +30/-1
  • Amile Jefferson +28/+1
  • Quinn Cook +31/+3
  • 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 +10/-1

Notes: Dawkins' big night moves him into third place in the per minute efficiency scores on the year. Similarly, Amile Jefferson has jumped a few spots into second place just behind Parker in the per minutes scores. Parker, of course, has played 200 more minutes than Jefferson on the season. If Jefferson had earned those extra minutes and maintained his per minute rate, he'd be sitting at +399 on the cumulative table.

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