Efficiency Ratings: Syracuse

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.

Syracuse, N.Y. -- Jerami Grant scored eight points in overtime to finish with a career-high 24 and Jim Boeheim's No. 2 Syracuse stayed unbeaten, topping Mike Krzyzewski's No. 17 Duke 91-89 on Saturday in a matchup of the two winningest coaches in Division I history.

C.J. Fair scored a career-best 28 points as Syracuse (21-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) set a school record for consecutive wins to start a season.

Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon beat the buzzer in regulation with an off-balance 3-pointer that tied it at 78. The Blue Devils led 87-84 with 80 seconds left in overtime before Syracuse rallied.

Jabari Parker had 15 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in regulation for Duke (17-5, 6-3). The Blue Devils, who had won five in a row, get their chance to avenge the loss in three weeks when the teams meet again at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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Notes: For the second straight game Amile Jefferson was easily Duke's most effective and efficient player. The sophomore shot 60 percent from the field, made both of his free throws, grabbed 7 rebounds, handed out five assists, and scored 14 points. And he did it all in just 28 minutes due to foul trouble.

Freshman Jabari Parker struggled with his shot for much of the first half, hitting just 2-of-8 from the field before intermission. The second half saw Parker improve before a pair of touch fouls reduced his aggressive nature in advance of the fifth foul with 90 seconds remaining. His +13 score was on the strength of 15 points and nine rebounds, but the field goal percentage (6-of-16) and turnovers (3) held the score lower.

Off the bench Duke got a lift from Sulaimon who shot the ball well (4-of-8) from the field, and handed out six assists against just one turnover in 33 minutes. His +16 score would have jumped a bit higher but for the free throw percentage (4-of-7).

The Blue Devils also got a lift from Tyler Thornton (+10) and Andre Dawkins (+10) in a combined 45 minutes.

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* *- 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: 420 (19.1)
  • Rodney Hood: 378 (17.2)
  • Quinn Cook: 301 (13.7)
  • Amile Jefferson: 283 (12.9)
  • Andre Dawkins: 176 (8.4)
  • Rasheed Sulaimon: 176 (8.4)
  • Tyler Thornton: 142 (6.5)
  • Josh Hairston: 57 (2.6)
  • Marshall Plumlee: 44 (2.4)
  • Semi Ojeleye: 36 (2.8)
  • Matt Jones: 33 (1.7)

Games Factored In: Ojeleye (13), Dawkins (21), Plumlee (18), Sulaimon (21), Jones (21)

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

  • Jabari Parker: 0.648
  • Amile Jefferson: 0.629
  • Semi Ojeleye: 0.554
  • Andre Dawkins: 0.553
  • Rodney Hood: 0.529
  • Quinn Cook: 0.404
  • Rasheed Sulaimon: 0.377
  • Tyler Thornton: 0.343
  • Marshall Plumlee: 0.324
  • Josh Hairston: 0.232
  • 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: Quinn Cook's performance against Syracuse was his least efficient game of the season thanks to a 2-of-12 performance from the field - a few of those looks were shots the junior floor general usually knocks down with such an open look. With Cook struggling over the last seven games, Jefferson is making a run at the cumulative total table's third spot, now trailing by just 18 points. Meanwhile, Rasheed Sulaimon and Ande Dawkins are both tied with +176 for the year, though Dawkins has been far more efficient with a +.553 compared to Sulaimon's +.337

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