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Efficiency Ratings: Pittsburgh

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:

Pittsburgh scored a decidedly one-sided 76-62 dissection of No. 15 Duke on Sunday afternoon in the Blue Devils’ final road game of the ACC season.

Pitt held Duke to 37 percent shooting (18 of 48) and outscored the Blue Devils in the paint 24-6.

"Their defense was outstanding and their pursuit of the ball was even better," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "They were superb and I'm not sure if we were. We were out of character."

Grayson Allen had 22 points for Duke.

The Panthers scored the game's first 10 points and provided an emphatic answer whenever the Blue Devils appeared close to making it interesting. Pitt opened the second half with a 9-1 surge and put together an 11-0 run after a Luke Kennard 3-pointer drew Duke within 58-48 with 10:10 to go.


(change from previous game)
  • Grayson Allen +17 (+3)
  • Matt Jones +8 (-6)
  • Brandon Ingram +11 (-4)
  • Amile Jefferson +DNP (-)
  • Marshall Plumlee +5 (-18)
  • Luke Kennard +10 (-5)
  • Derryck Thornton -1 (-5)
  • Chase Jeter +0 (-6)
  • Antonio Vrankovic DNP (-)
  • Sean Obi DNP (-)

Notes: While you can point to the decreased efficiency of Allen and Ingram as a starting point of the game’s dissection, a better indicator was the play of Marshall Plumlee. The fifth year senior who is usually Duke’s motor and who is good for a bushel of rebounds and other hustle states recorded just four rebounds and two assists while not attempting either a field goal or free throw.

Handling the ball, freshman point guard Derryck Thornton struggled with shot selection (2-of-9) and the physical nature of the Panther defense. Thornton finished with three turnovers against two assists.

After back to back solid performances, Chase Jeter got caught on some early foul calls and never recovered.


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. NC State (+35)
  • Grayson Allen v. Long Beach State (+34)
  • Marshall Plumlee v. Syracuse (+33)
  • Marshall Plumlee v. Virginia Tech (+31)
  • Grayson Allen v. VCU (+30)
  • Luke Kennard v. Notre Dame (+30)
  • Grayson Allen v. Wake Forest (+29)
  • Grayson Allen v. Siena (+28)
  • Marshall Plumlee v. Wake Forest (+28)

Five Least Efficient Performances

  • Derryck Thornton (-5) v. Utah State
  • Grayson Allen (-4) v. Kentucky
  • Grayson Allen (-4) v. Utah
  • Brandon Ingram (-3) v. Louisville
  • Luke Kennard (-3) v. Syracuse


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

  • Grayson Allen +589 (20.3)
  • Brandon Ingram +506 (17.4)
  • Marshall Plumlee +460 (15.9)
  • Luke Kennard +330 (11.4)
  • Matt Jones +289 (10.3)
  • Derryck Thornton +193 (6.7)
  • Amile Jefferson +177 (19.7)
  • Chase Jeter +58 (2.4)
  • Antonio Vrankovic +10 (2.0)
  • Sean Obi 6 (0.7)


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

  • Antonio Vrankovic .714
  • Amile Jefferson .648
  • Grayson Allen .568
  • Marshall Plumlee .522
  • Brandon Ingram .515
  • Luke Kennard .452
  • Matt Jones .318
  • Chase Jeter .302
  • Sean Obi .286
  • Derryck Thornton .250


Tracking the most and least efficient performances by player
  • Grayson Allen 38/-4
  • Amile Jefferson 26/21
  • Brandon Ingram 38/-3
  • Matt Jones 25/0
  • Marshall Plumlee 33/4
  • Luke Kennard 30/-3
  • Chase Jeter 12/-3
  • Antonio Vrankovic 8/1
  • Derryck Thornton 20/-5
  • Sean Obi 3/0


- Duke returns to action this week against Wake Forest and North Carolina. To say that the Blue Devils will need to dramatically improve on the glass against both teams from what we saw at Pitt is an understatement.

- In these last two weeks it appears as though the only drama in any of the team’s efficiency categories will be whether or not Amile Jefferson returns. All the other players are far enough away from one another to put the standings in ink.

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