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.

LATEST GAME

Coach K improved to 999-308 during his 40-year career. His first chance to become the first men's coach in Division I history to reach four figures comes Sunday against St. John's in Madison Square Garden. That's also where in 2011 he passed Bob Knight as the winningest men's coach in college basketball's top tier.

Nearly everyone in the backcourt played a big role in this one for the Blue Devils (16-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) -- who shot 46 percent and made 11 3-pointers while holding Pitt to three of them.

Freshman Tyus Jones matched a season high with 22 points and hit a season-best four 3-pointers. So did Rasheed Sulaimon, who finished with 13 points. Quinn Cook -- who was just 3-of-10 from the field -- finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

And for the second straight game they mixed in a 2/3 zone defense -- an out-of-character move for Krzyzewski, a noted man-to-man disciple.

Jamel Artis had a career-high 21 points for Pitt (13-6, 3-3), which shot 45 percent and had its two-game winning streak snapped.



vs. PITTSBURGH

(change from previous game)
  • Jahlil Okafor +15 (-8)
  • Justise Winslow +5 (+1)
  • Tyus Jones +20 (+5)
  • Quinn Cook +16 (+9)
  • Rasheed Sulaimon +16 (+16)
  • Amile Jefferson +17 (—4)
  • Grayson Allen 0 (—)
  • Matt Jones -1 (-6)
  • Marshall Plumlee +6 (+6)



Notes: Okafor’s season low rebounding total (3) coupled with his four missed field goals and two free throws rendered his rating to only a +15. That’s certainly solid work for most any other player, but was a full eight points below his season average. The Duke big man seemed content to be a facilitator in the first half, and the team effort on the glass reduced some of his responsibility there.

One player who really picked up some slack in the rebounding department was Cook who finished with 11 points and career best 10 boards. The senior didn’t shoot well, however (3-of-10), which pushed his score down from over 20 to a +16.

Meanwhile, Tyus Jones continues to bounce back from his mini-slump. Against Louisville it was a complete floor game that scored high in the ratings, but against Pitt it was about Jones’ shooting. He hit 7-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line to finish with 22 points on the night. Throw in four assists and a couple of boards and you have the game high e-score of +20.

MEMORABLE SEASON PERFORMANCES

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

Ten Most Efficient Performances

  • Jahlil Okafor v. Elon (+37)
  • Jahlil Okafor v. NC State (+33)
  • Jahlil Okafor v. Furman (+32)
  • Jahlil Okafor v. Boston College (+32)
  • Amile Jefferson v. Furman (+30)
  • Jahlil Okafor v. Wofford (+30)
  • Jahlil Okafor v. Toledo (+28)
  • Jahlil Okafor v. Presbyterian (+28)
  • Tyus Jones v. Army (+27)
  • Tyus Jones v. Toledo (+27)

Five Least Efficient Performances*

  • Rasheed Sulaimon (-6) v. Connecticut
  • Justise Winslow (-5) v. Miami
  • Rasheed Sulaimon (-4) v. Temple
  • Grayson Allen (-3) v. Boston College
  • Matt Jones (-2) v. Elon


SEASON EFFICIENCY RATING

Cumulative Season ratings for the Blue Devils. (E/game)*
  • Jahlil Okafor +410 (22.8)
  • Quinn Cook +262 (14.6)
  • Amile Jefferson +261 (14.5)
  • Tyus Jones +250 (13.9)
  • Justise Winslow +197 (10.9)
  • Rasheed Sulaimon +129 (7.2)
  • Marshall Plumlee +102 (5.7)
  • Matt Jones +81 (4.5)
  • Grayson Allen +42 (2.8)*


*- Games Factored In: Allen (15)

MOST EFFICIENT PER MINUTE

Cumulative Season ratings per minute for the Blue Devils. (E/minutes)
  • Jahlil Okafor: 0.765
  • Marshall Plumlee: 0.630
  • Amile Jefferson: 0.606
  • Tyus Jones: 0.472
  • Grayson Allen: 0.442
  • Quinn Cook: 0.427
  • Justise Winslow: 0.393
  • Rasheed Sulaimon: 0.360
  • Matt Jones: 0.275


SEASON HIGH/LOW PERFORMANCES


Tracking the most and least efficient performances by player
  • Jahlil Okafor 37 / 13
  • Amile Jefferson 30 / 3
  • Quinn Cook 24 / 6
  • Tyus Jones 27 / 1
  • Grayson Allen 22 / -3
  • Rasheed Sulaimon 20 / -6
  • Justise Winslow 21 / -5
  • Marshall Plumlee 17 / 1
  • Matt Jones 16 / -2


Notes:

- Jefferson, Cook and Jones are all within one game’s performance from leap-frogging or separating themselves from the others. Cook jumped back over Jefferson with the Pittsburgh performance, but it’s just a one point margin.


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