Efficiency Ratings: Syracuse

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.

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 the recent game against Syracuse.


NC State battled and led for a good portion of the second half against Top 10 Syracuse, but the Wolfpack went cold down the stretch and lost 65-59, falling to 4-3 overall on the season.

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

C.J. Leslie: +21 (-1 vs. WISC = +22 change)
Scott Wood: +14 (-2)
Javier Gonzalez: +9 (+13)
Deshawn Painter: +8 (+6)
Ryan Harrow: +7 (+7)
Richard Howell: +5 (-5)
Lorenzo Brown: +2 (+1)
C.J. Williams: 0 (-1)
Jordan Vandenberg: 0 (-7)

OBSERVATIONS: NC State's players were fairly efficient against Syracuse, with seven of the nine in the rotation posting + numbers. Leading the way was C.J. Leslie, and the freshman had a big-time effort as he totaled 13 points (5-of-6 FGs, 3-5 FTs), and a game-high 11 rebounds with three blocks, also a game-high. Leslie did have three turnovers, but overall he was impressive.

Scott Wood had another efficient outing, posting his third straight double-digit "+" performance. Wood totaled 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting and also added eight points and two assists. However, his five turnovers were the most in the game.

Javier Gonzalez played just five minutes in the first half but was very effective when he played in the second, totaling nine points and four assists on 4-of-7 shooting. Gonzalez's efficiency was notably higher against the Cuse than Wisconsin, and you like to see seniors bounce back with great efforts.

Richard Howell and Deshawn Painter were plagued by foul trouble but both had their moments. Howell totaled six points and five rebounds in 19 minutes of action, and Painter chipped in four points, five rebounds, and a block.

Freshman point guard Ryan Harrow was also relatively effective. Harrow scored five points, grabbed, three rebounds, and dished out three assists in 17 minutes of action.

Lorenzo Brown had his second rough game in a row, totaling just two points on 1-of-5 shooting. Brown did have six assists but never seemed to get into the groove after coming off the bench for the first time in his career.


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)
C.J. Leslie vs. Syracuse (+21)
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)
Jordan Vandenberg vs. Syracuse (0)
C.J. Williams vs. Syracuse (0)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.


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

Scott Wood: +89 (12.7)
Richard Howell: +85 (12.1)
Lorenzo Brown: +83 (11.9)
C.J. Leslie: +64 (9.1)
Deshawn Painter: +56 (8.0)
Javier Gonzalez: +55 (7.7)
Tracy Smith: +13 (6.5)
Ryan Harrow: +42 (6.0)
C.J. Williams: +35 (5.0)
Jordan Vandenberg: +26 (3.7)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 12.1 per game efficiency -- .66 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 9.1 per game efficiency -- .43 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 12.7 per game efficiency -- .41 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 11.9 per game efficiency -- .40 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
Javier Gonzalez: 7.7 per game efficiency -- .35 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 5.0 per game efficiency -- .32 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 3.7 per game efficiency -- .29 efficiency per minute
Ryan Harrow: 6.0 per game efficiency -- .26 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Richard Howell continues to be NC State's most efficient player, particularly based on minutes per game. His rebounding and high field goal percentage are reasons why he's been so effective. His efficiency per minute (.66) is much higher than anyone else on the team, with C.J. Leslie being second (.43).

The guards efficiency numbers are lower due to playing more minutes per game than the big men.

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.

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