Efficiency Ratings: Alabama A&M

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 Alabama A&M.

GAME EFFICIENCY: ALABAMA A&M

NC State needed a blowout win and they got it against Alabama A&M, as the Pack routed the Bulldogs 82-51. State shot 57% from the field in the victory.

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

Scott Wood: +24 (+3 vs. DSU = +21 change)
C.J. Leslie: +21 (-2)
Ryan Harrow: +17 (+13)
Richard Howell: +16 (-3)
C.J. Williams: +9 (+4)
Deshawn Painter: +7 (-10)
Lorenzo Brown: +6 (0)
Javier Gonzalez: +4 (0)
Jordan Vandenberg: -1 (-1)

OBSERVATIONS: Scott Wood had his best game of the season and is developing into a consistent performer in his sophomore year. Wood scored 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting and knocked down four threes. He added six boards and three assists with just one turnover. There is a reason he is playing the most minutes on the team. He's productive and an overall steady contributor.

The Pack got strong outings from freshmen C.J. Leslie and Ryan Harrow. Leslie totaled another double-double, going for 14 points and 11 rebounds, and he chipped in three blocks and four steals. Harrow had one of his best games of the season, going for 14 points (6-of-8 FG) and six assists with just one turnover.

Reserve C.J. Williams chipped in 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting in 14 minutes of action.

Harrow's showing could signal a change at point guard where Javy Gonzalez wasn't as productive and hasn't been for a few games now. Gonzalez played just 13 minutes, scoring five points with a rebound and a turnover.

Freshman Lorenzo Brown didn't shoot it well (2-of-9) but he did tally five assists, two rebounds, and two steals.

It's worth point out that Richard Howell didn't attempt a shot in his 17 minutes. However, he did grab seven rebounds, dish out three assists, and pick up two blocks and two steals, once again proving his value.

State returns to the floor tomorrow at noon against San Diego.

MEMORABLE SEASON PERFORMANCES

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)
Scott Wood vs. Alabama A&M (+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.

SEASON EFFICIENCY RATINGS

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

Scott Wood: +146 (12.2)
Richard Howell: +141 (11.8)
Lorenzo Brown: +128 (10.7)
C.J. Leslie: +124 (10.3)
Deshawn Painter: +90 (7.5)
Ryan Harrow: +90 (7.5)
Tracy Smith: +13 (6.5)
Javier Gonzalez: +67 (5.9)
C.J. Williams: +54 (4.5)
Jordan Vandenberg: +34 (2.8)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 11.8 per game efficiency -- .68 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 10.3 per game efficiency -- .42 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 10.7 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Tracy Smith: 6.5 per game efficiency -- .38 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 12.2 per game efficiency -- .38 efficiency per minute
Deshawn Painter: 7.5 per game efficiency -- .34 efficiency per minute
Ryan Harrow: 7.5 per game efficiency -- .34 efficiency per minute
Javier Gonzalez: 5.9 per game efficiency -- .29 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 4.5 per game efficiency -- .29 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 2.8 per game efficiency -- .24 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Richard Howell continues to lead the Wolfpack in efficiency, and does so by a wide margin. State has been playing him more minutes at the five spot the past week and he's continued to produce.

Brown and Wood have both been efficient, but their rate is lower due to leading the team in minutes. Both are playing at or over 30 minutes a game.

Harrow's efficiency could rise if he could pick it up on the glass a bit while Leslie's efficiency would increase if he had better shot selection and a higher field goal percentage. No reason for a 6'8 power forward to be shooting 42% from the field.

Sidney Lowe stated this week that Tracy Smith could be returning to the lineup soon and that would be a huge plus for a Wolfpack team in need of a go-to scorer in the paint.

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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