Efficiency Ratings

As the team dredges through the season, we plan to track its efficiency game-by-game to give the fans a more in-depth look at production.

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 NBA 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.

For reference, last year LeBron James posted the two most efficient games of the season with a +54 (37 points on 11-of-17 FG & 9-10 FT, 12 rebounds, 11 assist, 2 steals, 1 block, and 2 turnovers) and +50 (40 points on 16-of-23 FG & 6-6 FT, 8 rebounds, 8 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, and 2 turnovers) rating.

Here is a look at how NC State's players have fared this season.

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

Six Most Efficient Performances
C.J. Leslie vs. Tenn. Tech (+29)
Richard Howell vs. George Mason (+24)
Lorenzo Brown vs. Tenn. Tech (+23)
Scott Wood vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (+19)
Richard Howell vs. East Caroilna (+18)
Deshawn Painter vs. East Carolina (+18)

Six Least Efficient Performances*
C.J. Leslie vs. East Carolina (-4)
Ryan Harrow vs. Georgetown (-2)
Ryan Harrow vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (+1)
Javi Gonzalez vs. East Carolina (+3)
C.J. Williams vs. Tenn. Tech (+3)
Jordan Vandenberg vs. Georgetown (+3)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.

Cumulative Season ratings for the Wolfpack through six games. (E/game)*

Richard Howell: +82 (13.7)
Lorenzo Brown: +81 (13.5)
Scott Wood: +75 (12.5)
Deshawn Painter: +48 (8.0)
Javier Gonzalez: +46 (7.7)
C.J. Leslie: +43 (7.2)
Tracy Smith: +13 (6.5)
Ryan Harrow: +35 (5.8)
C.J. Williams: +35 (5.8)
Jordan Vandenberg: +26 (4.3) Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 13.7 per game efficiency -- .75 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 13.5 per game efficiency -- .44 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 12.5 per game efficiency -- .42 efficiency per minute
Deshawn Painter: 8.0 per game efficiency -- .39 efficiency per minute
Tracy Smith: 6.5 per game efficiency -- .38 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 5.8 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Javier Gonzalez: 7.7 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 7.2 per game efficiency -- .35 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 4.3 per game efficiency -- .34 efficiency per minute
Ryan Harrow: 5.8 per game efficiency -- .24 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Freshman guard Lorenzo Brown has been NC State's most consistent player this season. He is averaging 12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists while shooting 45% from the field and 80% from the line.

Fellow freshmen C.J. Leslie and Ryan Harrow have low efficiency ratings for different reasons.

Leslie is shooting just 50% from the line and he has 12 more attempts than the next player (Brown). He also is second on the team in turnovers (11) and is just fourth in rebounding.

Harrow is averaging in double figures, but has only two rebounds all year and is shooting just 38% from the field (19-of-50).

Sophomore forward Richard Howell has been very effective in limited action. He leads the team in rebounding (7.4) and also posts a high field goal percentage (56%).

Sophomore wing Scott Wood has been solid across the board. He's averaging 11.4 points per game, has hit all seven of the free throws he has attempted, and has also totaled eight steals (second on the team) and three blocks.

Sophomore center Deshawn Painter has benefited from Tracy Smith's injury. Painter is shooting 45% from the field and 70% from the line. He also is averaging 5.3 rebounds per game. Smith's numbers are based on just two games.

Finally, Javier Gonzalez and C.J. Williams have been efficient in limited action. Both are shooting over 50% from the field (Williams is shooting 59%) and have terrific assist/turnover ratios. Williams is at 6:1 and on a per/minute basis has arguably been State's most efficient player.

NOTES: Players must play at least 2 minutes or factor into the box score in some way to be considered for per game E-ratings.

We'll be updating the efficiency ratings after each game, beginning with Wednesday night's matchup against Wisconsin.

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