Efficiency Ratings: Delaware State

As the team progresses 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 Delaware State.


NC State struggled putting away Delaware State and needed a putback basket in the final seconds from Scott Wood to win 72-70.

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

C.J. Leslie: +23 (0 vs. ZONA = +23 change)
Richard Howell: +19 (+3)
Deshawn Painter: +17 (+14)
Lorenzo Brown: +6 (-3)
C.J. Williams: +5 (+1)
Ryan Harrow: +4 (+2)
Javier Gonzalez: +4 (+2)
Scott Wood: +3 (-13)
Jordan Vandenberg: 0 (-4)

OBSERVATIONS: NC State's frontcourt dominated the game against Delaware State and proved to be the deciding factor with the Pack going just 1-of-12 from 3-point land.

Leslie had a huge game, collecting 15 points, 9 rebounds, and four assists in a season-high 34 minutes. Painter's 14 points and eight rebounds were solid, and head coach Sidney Lowe allowed Howell to receive a lot of minutes at the five spot, and he responded with 16 points and five boards.

Scott Wood had an off game, particularly from the field, as he hit just 1-of-7 shots. He did total four assists and three boards, but finished with only two points.

Point guards Javier Gonzalez and Ryan Harrow struggled, hitting just 4-of-10 shots and had just two assists and five turnovers between them in 39 minutes of action. Not good output from the duo.

Next up for NC State is a game tonight against Alabama A&M.


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)
Ryan Harrow vs. USC Upstate (+25)
Lorenzo Brown vs. USC Upstate (+24)
Richard Howell vs. George Mason (+24)
Lorenzo Brown vs. Tenn. Tech (+23)
C.J. Leslie vs. Delaware State (+23)

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)
C.J. Leslie vs. Arizona (0)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.


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

Richard Howell: +125 (11.4)
Lorenzo Brown: +122 (11.1)
Scott Wood: +122 (11.1)
C.J. Leslie: +103 (9.4)
Deshawn Painter: +83 (7.5)
Ryan Harrow: +73 (6.6)
Tracy Smith: +13 (6.5)
Javier Gonzalez: +63 (5.7)
C.J. Williams: +45 (4.1)
Jordan Vandenberg: +35 (3.2)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 11.4 per game efficiency -- .66 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 9.4 per game efficiency -- .39 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 11.1 per game efficiency -- .38 efficiency per minute
Tracy Smith: 6.5 per game efficiency -- .38 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 11.2 per game efficiency -- .35 efficiency per minute
Deshawn Painter: 7.5 per game efficiency -- .35 efficiency per minute
Ryan Harrow: 6.6 per game efficiency -- .30 efficiency per minute
Javier Gonzalez: 5.7 per game efficiency -- .27 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 4.1 per game efficiency -- .27 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 3.2 per game efficiency -- .25 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Richard Howell continues to lead the Wolfpack in efficiency, and does so by a wide margin. If the ACC tracked efficiency per minute you can bet that Howell would be at or near the top of the list. He's continued to be extremely effective and productive, despite playing just over 17 minutes a game.

Brown and Wood have both been efficient, but their rate is lower due to leading the team in minutes.

C.J. Leslie and Ryan Harrow's numbers have been impacted by poor field goal percentage and other factors. Harrow continues to struggle due to his high field goal attempts relative to misses and lack of rebounding. Leslie's efficiency is increasing due to his heavy rebounding output. He has really come on strong on the glass and has seen a spike in minutes as well.

Like Harrow, Javier Gonzalez's efficiency is low due to his field goal percentage. As a whole it has really been a problem for the entire NC State team.

Deshawn Painter, Jordan Vandenberg, and C.J. Williams have been solid relative to expectations and minutes played.

Getting back Tracy Smith would be huge for this team. Last year he was one of the league's most efficient players.

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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