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Efficiency Ratings: Elon

As the Blue Devils progress through the season there will be many different theories on how to measure team success. TDD has adopted an NBA Efficiency Formula to track Duke's top players and performances after each game and throughout 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:

No. 15 Duke had some extra time to keep figuring out how to play without its injured leader and big man. For one half, anyway, things couldn't have gone much better for the Blue Devils.

Duke scored 70 points in the first half of its 105-66 rout of Elon on Monday night

Freshman Brandon Ingram matched a season high with 26 points and added 11 rebounds while fellow freshman Luke Kennard had 18 points and Grayson Allen and Matt Jones had 17 apiece.

Scoring 70 in a half for just the third time in program history, the Blue Devils (10-2) shot 58 percent in the opening half and led by 30 points after just over 13 minutes. They reached 100 for the second time this season but fell seven points shy of a season high.


vs.ELON

(change from previous game)

  • Grayson Allen +18 (+22)
  • Matt Jones +19 (+7)
  • Brandon Ingram +35 (+21)
  • Amile Jefferson +DNP (-)
  • Marshall Plumlee +17 (+6)
  • Luke Kennard +21 (-7)
  • Derryck Thornton +12 (+10)
  • Chase Jeter +8 (+11)
  • Antonio Vrankovic +2 (+2)
  • Sean Obi +3 (+3)


Notes: Against Utah the Blue Devils’ offense seemed broken. Fast forward to the Elon game and you saw a Duke team that was a virtual buzzsaw on that end of the court. Each of the top six players registered a +12 or higher rating with Ingram registering another score over 30.

The freshman’s rating was helped by hitting 11 of 16 shots, scoring a game high 26 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He was joined in the double-double category by Marshall Plumleee who finished with 10 points and 11 boards in only 20 minutes of action.

The wing rotation of Matt Jones, Luke Kennard, and Grayson Allen averaged a +19.3 rating amongst them.


MEMORABLE SEASON PERFORMANCES

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

Ten Most Efficient Performances

  • Grayson Allen v. Georgetown (+38)
  • Brandon Ingram v. Georgia Southern (+38)
  • Brandon Ingram v. Elon (+35)
  • Grayson Allen v. VCU (+30)
  • Grayson Allen v. Siena (+28)
  • Luke Kennard v. Utah (+28)
  • Brandon Ingram v. Indiana (+26)
  • Amile Jefferson v. Siena (+26)
  • Grayson Allen v. Bryant (+26)
  • Amile Jefferson v. Kentucky (+26)
  • Amile Jefferson v. Utah State (+25)
  • Amile Jefferson v. Indiana (+25)

Five Least Efficient Performances*

  • Derryck Thornton (-5) v. Utah State
  • Grayson Allen (-4) v. Kentucky
  • Grayson Allen (-4) v. Utah
  • Chase Jeter (-3) v. Utah
  • Brandon Ingram (-2) v. Kentucky


SEASON EFFICIENCY RATING

Cumulative Season ratings for the Blue Devils. (E/game)*

  • Grayson Allen +238 (19.8)
  • Brandon Ingram +201 (16.8)
  • Amile Jefferson +177 (19.7)
  • Matt Jones +157 (13.1)
  • Marshall Plumlee +153 (12.8)
  • Luke Kennard +127 (10.6)
  • Derryck Thornton +94 (7.8)
  • Chase Jeter +36 (3.6)
  • Antonio Vrankovic +11 (2.8)
  • Sean Obi 6 (1.5)



*- Games Factored In: Obi (4); Vrankovic (4); Jeter (10)

MOST EFFICIENT PER MINUTE

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

  • Antonio Vrankovic .846
  • Amile Jefferson .648
  • Grayson Allen .594
  • Brandon Ingram .581
  • Marshall Plumlee .522
  • Luke Kennard .477
  • Sean Obi .429
  • Matt Jones .403
  • Chase Jeter .379
  • Derryck Thornton .289



SEASON HIGH/LOW PERFORMANCES


Tracking the most and least efficient performances by player

  • Grayson Allen 38/-4
  • Amile Jefferson 26/21
  • Brandon Ingram 38/-2
  • Matt Jones 25/10
  • Marshall Plumlee 23/12
  • Luke Kennard 28/0
  • Chase Jeter 12/-3
  • Antonio Vrankovic 8/1
  • Derryck Thornton 16/2
  • Sean Obi 3/0


Notes:

- The offensive explosion translated into the season rankings in a number of ways - the biggest changes occurring in the per minute ratings where every player on the roster saw an increase in his score aside from Vrankovic, who had a 1.000 entering the game. - Brandon Ingram is closing in on the top spot occupied by Allen. The freshman continues to score hugely each time out, and while Allen has done well himself, averaging nearly a +20 over the season, Ingram’s ability to rebound, and accumulate blocks and steals (along with his scoring ability) is enough to make moves.


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