Efficiency Ratings: Wake Forest

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.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Tyler Cavanaugh scored a career-high 20 points and Wake Forest pulled away to upset No. 4 Duke 82-72 on Wednesday night.

Travis McKie added 19 points in his final scheduled home game for the Demon Deacons (16-14, 6-11 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Coming off a home loss to sub-.500 Boston College, they shot 46 percent from the field and overcame their largest deficit of the game by scoring 17 straight points and holding Duke without a field goal for 5 critical minutes down the stretch.

Codi Miller-McIntyre had 13 points to help Wake Forest claim its first win over Duke since 2009 and its biggest win since an upset of No. 2 Miami last February.

Jabari Parker scored 19 points and Rodney Hood added 16 for the Blue Devils (23-7, 12-5).

Playing their first game in over a week, they missed six straight shots down the stretch and were just 6 of 27 from 3-point range while falling to 4-5 in ACC road games.

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Notes: Despite more foul trouble, Jabari Parker was what you'd expect. The freshman phenom recorded another double-double and scored a +23. The only knocks on Parker's stat line was a 2-to-1 turnover to assist ratio, but even that is stretching. Parker shot well (7-of-11) and rebounded to the tune of nearly 1/3 of his team's total boards. That Duke went away from him when they needed buckets during a 17-0 Wake Forest run is flat out inconceivable.

Rodney Hood, playing out of position a good portion of the night, recorded a +15 but fouled out of the game down the stretch.

The third most efficient Blue Devil, and the second most in per minute efficiency? Marshall Plumlee, who scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 17 minutes of action. At some point in the near future, you have to wonder if the seven footer hasn't earned his chance to start based on the last few weeks of play.

The trio of Cook, Thornton, and Sulaimon were charged with handling the ball for Duke, and none turned in one of their better days. Aside from forgetting about Parker down the stretch, the Duke co-floor generals recorded 10 turnovers.

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

Ten Most Efficient Performances

  • Jabari Parker v. Boston College (+37)
  • 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)

Five Least Efficient Performances*
  • Andre Dawkins v. Alabama (-3)
  • Matt Jones v. Kansas (-3)
  • Josh Hairston v. Wake Forest (-3)
  • Matt Jones v. Florida State (-2)
  • Andre Dawkins v. Syracuse (-2)
*- 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: 601 (20.0)
  • Rodney Hood: 451 (15.0)
  • Amile Jefferson: 354 (11.8)
  • Quinn Cook: 353 (11.8)
  • Rasheed Sulaimon: 267 (9.2)
  • Tyler Thornton: 207 (6.9)
  • Andre Dawkins: 206 (7.1)
  • Marshall Plumlee: 94 (3.8)
  • Josh Hairston: 57 (2.2)
  • Matt Jones: 44 (1.6)
  • Semi Ojeleye: 39 (2.3)

Games Factored In: Ojeleye (17), Dawkins (29), Plumlee (25), Sulaimon (29), Jones (27), Hairston (26)

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

  • Jabari Parker: 0.664
  • Amile Jefferson: 0.547
  • Andre Dawkins: 0.500
  • Semi Ojeleye: 0.488
  • Rodney Hood: 0.464
  • Marshall Plumlee: 0.425
  • Quinn Cook: 0.385
  • Rasheed Sulaimon: 0.367
  • Tyler Thornton: 0.329
  • Josh Hairston: 0.218
  • Matt Jones: 0.208

Tracking the most and least efficient performances by player

  • Rodney Hood +32/+3
  • Jabari Parker +37/-1
  • Amile Jefferson +28/+1
  • Quinn Cook +31/-1
  • 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 +12/-1

Notes: Plumlee's night was the best of his career and the best of the season for the seven-footer. Additionally, Amile Jefferson has jumped over Quinn Cook in the season cumulative rankings. Neither has played overly well of late, but movement best illustrates how inefficient the former Duke starting PG has been over the last few weeks. Simply put, that has to change if Duke is to make any noise in March.

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