Efficiency Ratings: San Diego

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 San Diego.


NC State welcomed back senior big man Tracy Smith against San Diego and Smith scored 16 points in the win.

In parenthesis is the change in efficiency from the previous game against Alabama A&M.

Richard Howell: +28 (+16 vs. Bama A&M = +12 change)
Lorenzo Brown: +16 (+10)
Deshawn Painter: +14 (+7)
Ryan Harrow: +13 (-4)
Tracy Smith: +12 (DNP)
C.J. Williams: +11 (+2)
C.J. Leslie: +3 (-18)
Javier Gonzalez: +3 (-1)
Scott Wood: 0 (-24)
Jordan Vandenberg: DNP (-1)

OBSERVATIONS: Scott Wood had his best game of the year against Alabama A&M and followed it up with by far his worst. The sophomore shooting guard was held scoreless for the first time this season, missing all three field goal attempts as he totaled just one rebound, one assist, and a block.

The story of the game was the return of Tracy Smith. State's All-ACC big man had missed 10 games but looked like he hadn't missed any time, finishing with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting in 25 minutes of action. He should give the Pack a strong scoring option in the post.

Richard Howell continued to be the story for NC State this season. Playing limited minutes, Howell remains extremely productive, and his minutes are now rising. In 26 minutes against San Diego, Howell totaled 13 points, a team-high 13 rebounds, and a team-high five assists.

Lorenzo Brown bounced back from a below-average performance against Alabama A&M with a nice game. Brown scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting and added four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Reserve C.J. Williams has quietly had a strong junior season and continued it versus San Diego. Williams scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds with three assists in 18 minutes of action.

Another solid outing could enable Ryan Harrow to work his way into the starting lineup. In 21 minutes, Harrow scored 12 points with three rebounds and two assists on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. Senior Javier Gonzalez finished with just four points, two rebounds, and two assists.

Finally sophomore Deshawn Painter played well. Starting at center, Painter played just 12 minutes due to the return of Smith, but tallied eight points, six rebounds, and two blocks.

State returns to the floor tomorrow evening against Elon.


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. San Diego (+28)
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)

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)
Scott Wood vs. San Diego (0)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.


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

Richard Howell: +169 (13)
Scott Wood: +146 (11.2)
Lorenzo Brown: +144 (11.1)
C.J. Leslie: +127 (9.8)
Tracy Smith: +25 (8.3)
Deshawn Painter: +104 (8)
Ryan Harrow: +103 (7.9)
Javier Gonzalez: +70 (5.4)
C.J. Williams: +65 (5)
Jordan Vandenberg: +34 (2.8)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 13.0 per game efficiency -- .72 efficiency per minute
Tracy Smith: 8.3 per game efficiency -- .42 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 9.8 per game efficiency -- .41 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 11.1 per game efficiency -- .38 efficiency per minute
Deshawn Painter: 8.0 per game efficiency -- .38 efficiency per minute
Ryan Harrow: 7.9 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 11.2 per game efficiency -- .35 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 5.0 per game efficiency -- .32 efficiency per minute
Javier Gonzalez: 5.4 per game efficiency -- .26 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. He has to be one of the most efficient players in the ACC, and his numbers should only improve playing alongside Tracy Smith. Howell leads the Wolfpack in efficiency despite averaging just 18 minutes a game... he's shooting 57% from the field and is averaging 6.6 rebounds.

Brown and Wood have lower efficiency rates because they both play at or above 30 minutes a night.

Harrow's efficiency continues to rise and because of it his minutes are increasing as well. He has created separation from Gonzalez and is another player who should benefit with an additional finisher like Smith back in action.

It will be interesting to see how NC State manages the frontcourt minutes from here on out. Tracy Smith is one of the top players in the ACC and he will play. Richard Howell has been one of the most efficient players in the ACC... he should play. C.J. Leslie has as much talent as anybody and can produce, and Deshawn Painter has been solid. Look for the Wolfpack to rotate Smith and Painter at the five with Howell and Leslie splitting minutes at power forward.

Finally, C.J. Williams continues to be a player who could be earning more minutes. He played 18 against San Diego (second-highest all year) and may be used more in ACC play to prevent Wood and Brown from slowing down.

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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