Efficiency Ratings: Wisconsin

As the team dredges through the season, we plan to track its efficiency game-by-game to give Wolfpack fans a more in-depth look at player production. Tomorrow we'll take a look at some of the top players in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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.

Here is a look at how NC State's players have fared this season, starting with last night's game against Wisconsin.


NC State was blown out at Wisconsin 87-48 and played its worst game of the season to fall to 4-2 overall.

In parenthesis is the change in efficiency from the previous game against Farleigh Dickinson.

Scott Wood: +16 (+19 vs. FDU = -3 change)
Richard Howell: +10 (-2)
Jordan Vandenberg: +7 (+1)
Deshawn Painter: +2 (-7)
C.J. Williams: +1 (-9)
Lorenzo Brown: +1 (-16)
Ryan Harrow: 0 (-1)
C.J. Leslie: -1 (-5)
Javier Gonzalez: -4 (-14)

OBSERVATIONS: Scott Wood had an efficient outing for the Wolfpack, totaling 13 points, three rebounds, three steals, and two assists with zero turnovers on 5-of-10 shooting. That's back-to-back strong efforts from Wood who posted a strong +19 versus Fairleigh Dickinson.

Richard Howell's output was limited due to him playing just 13 minutes with foul trouble. He still scored seven points, grabbed three boards, and added a steal.

Reserves Jordan Vandenberg and C.J. Williams were on the plus-side with Vandenberg posting a surprising +7. He totaled five points, three rebounds, and a block while hitting both of his shots with zero turnovers. Vandenberg was also the only player to improve from the previous game.

It's obvious that State struggled on the perimeter as the three guards combined to post a -3. Gonzalez had the least efficient performance of the night, finishing with 3 points on 1-of-6 shooting and two assists but a game-high five turnovers. Ryan Harrow's efficiency was impacted by his 2-of-12 shooting from the field.

C.J. Leslie remains an enigma. He played just 15 minutes and while he grabbed four boards he also was 1-of-6 from the field with three turnovers.

Lorenzo Brown had his worst game of the year. Brown his just 2-of-10 shots and finished with seven points, three rebounds, and one assist with two turnovers.


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 Carolina (+18)
Deshawn Painter vs. East Carolina (+18)

Six Least Efficient Performances*
C.J. Leslie vs. East Carolina (-4)
Javi Gonzalez vs. Wisconsin (-4)
Ryan Harrow vs. Georgetown (-2)
C.J. Leslie vs. Wisconsin (-1)
Ryan Harrow vs. Wisconsin (0)
Ryan Harrow vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (+1)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.


Cumulative Season ratings for the Wolfpack through six games. (Efficiency/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: Richard Howell has been NC State's most efficient player, particularly based on minutes per game. His ability to rebound (Howell is rebounding at a 14.6 rebound per 40-minute rate), while shooting a high field goal percentage and contribute some steals and assists is why he has been so efficient. His efficiency per minute (.75) is much higher than anyone else on the team, with Lorenzo Brown being second (.44).

Brown leads the Wolfpack in minutes played and assists and is tied for the high scorer (11.7). However, he is now shooting just 41% from the field and has 15 turnovers in six games.

Scott Wood is proving to be more than just a spot-up shooter. He is now tied with Brown as the Wolfpack's top scorer, and he leads the team in steals (11). He has also hit all his free throws and is second in minutes per game (29.5). He has been extremely solid.

It has to be discouraging to see Javier Gonzalez and Ryan Harrow towards the bottom of the list. Harrow is hitting just 34% of his shots and has four rebounds all year. Gonzalez saw his numbers deep after a terrible outing against Wisconsin.

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. Tomorrow we will be taking a look at the efficiency of some of the top players in the ACC.

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