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

Latest Game:

Duke had to withstand a standout performance from ex-Blue Devil Michael Gbinije, who scored a career-high 27 points for Syracuse (16-9, 7-5). Gbinije hit five 3-pointers in the first half as the Orange took a three-point lead into the locker room.

But the game already had begun to turn.
B After Gbinije hit his fifth 3 to give Syracuse an 11-point lead with 3:28 left in the opening half, eliciting a deafening roar from the crowd of 35,446, the Blue Devils rallied. They closed the half with a 13-5 spurt, keyed by 3-pointers from Quinn Cook and Matt Jones, switched defenses in the locker room and began the second half with a 13-2 surge.

And Okafor began to exert himself inside Syracuse's 2-3 zone while holding his own defensively against Christmas, who finished 5-of-17 for 11 points.

"He's a tremendous player," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said about Okafor. "He's got the best footwork of any big man I've seen. They did a great job of finding him in the zone down there, and he's a great finisher around the basket."

Christmas, 1-of-7 in the first half, continued to struggle in the second, missing twice from in close with Okafor leaning on him. On the other end, Okafor scored eight points in the first five minutes.

Cook's second 3-pointer of the game gave Duke a 43-39 edge with 17:42 left, and Okafor hit twice around a runner by Tyus Jones to give the Blue Devils a 49-41 lead.


(change from previous game)
  • Jahlil Okafor +27 (+11)
  • Justise Winslow +15 (+8)
  • Tyus Jones +15 (-12)
  • Quinn Cook +19 (—)
  • Amile Jefferson +1 (-6)
  • Grayson Allen +8 (+9)
  • Matt Jones +8 (+10)
  • Marshall Plumlee +2 (-7)

Notes: Another big game from Okafor that was hugely efficient with the Blue Devil center hitting 10-of-15 shots and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe. Okafor added 13 boards, but had a 0-to-4 assist to turnover ratio that kept him under yet another +30 tally.

Duke got another big boost from the starting backcourt of Cook and Jones who combined for a +34. Jones’ +15 was brought down thanks to three turnovers and a lack of steals - something that was somewhat surprising.

And Winslow had another nice night with 12 points and seven boards paired with a highlight block.


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)
  • Jahlil Okafor v. Notre Dame (+28)
  • Jahlil Okafor v. Notre Dame (+28)

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


Cumulative Season ratings for the Blue Devils. (E/game)*
  • Jahlil Okafor +556 (22.2)
  • Tyus Jones +377 (15.1)
  • Quinn Cook +367 (14.7)
  • Amile Jefferson +304 (12.2)
  • Justise Winslow +302 (12.1)
  • Matt Jones +139 (5.6)
  • Marshall Plumlee +125 (5.0)
  • Grayson Allen +53 (2.5)*

*- Games Factored In: Allen (21)


Cumulative Season ratings per minute for the Blue Devils. (E/minutes)
  • Jahlil Okafor: 0.730
  • Marshall Plumlee: 0.563
  • Amile Jefferson: 0.536
  • Tyus Jones: 0.477
  • Justise Winslow: 0.431
  • Quinn Cook: 0.417
  • Grayson Allen: 0.361
  • Matt Jones: 0.300


Tracking the most and least efficient performances by player
  • Jahlil Okafor 37 / 11
  • Amile Jefferson 30 / 1
  • Quinn Cook 24 / 6
  • Tyus Jones 27 / 1
  • Grayson Allen 22 / -3
  • Justise Winslow 27 / -5
  • Marshall Plumlee 17 / 0
  • Matt Jones 17 / -2


- Amile Jefferson played the least efficient game of the season against Syracuse, scoring just a +1 in only 12 minutes. Not only has the junior been a production funk for the last few weeks, he’s also in danger of being overtaken by Winslow, who posted another nice game and has made up a ton of ground to only trail Jefferson by only two efficiency points.

- Similarly, Jones and Cook are still within striking distance of one another for the second position with the freshman leading the senior by just 10 points.

- Finally, Grayson Allen had a nice night, posting a +8 score.

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