Efficiency Ratings: Elon

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 Elon.


NC State faced a scrappy Elon squad on the road and shot 63% in the 87-72 victory. The Pack was led by C.J. Leslie (19), Ryan Harrow (18), and Tracy Smith (15) as five State players scored in double figures.

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

Ryan Harrow: +22 (+13 vs. Elon = +9 change)
C.J. Leslie: +22 (+19)
Tracy Smith: +15 (+3)
Scott Wood: +13 (+13)
Richard Howell: +12 (-16)
Lorenzo Brown: +12 (-4)
Deshawn Painter: +2 (-12)
Javier Gonzalez: +2 (-1)
C.J. Williams: -1 (-12)
Jordan Vandenberg: DNP (DNP)

OBSERVATIONS: Freshmen Ryan Harrow and C.J. Leslie had outstanding games for the Wolfpack, and when that duo plays well the Pack should be able to compete with anyone because of their offensive upsides.

Harrow finished with 18 points, four assists, three steals, and a block. In 25 minutes he hit 5-of-8 field goals and all eight free throw attempts. Over the past few games he has outplayed senior Javier Gonzalez.

Leslie bounced back from a rough game against San Diego with an extremely efficient performance. He scored 19 points on 7-of-8 field goals and collected nine boards. His efficiency would have been even better, but he did total four turnovers.

The Pack received solid outings from Tracy Smith, Scott Wood, Richard Howell, and Lorenzo Brown, with all four placing in double figures efficiency-wise. While Brown didn't score in double figures he did collect four boards, two assists, and two steals. Howell had 19 points and eight rebounds in just 18 minutes, and Wood totaled 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Smith did his damage in the paint and at the free throw line, where he hit 7-of-10 attempts. He finished with 15 points and six boards.

With Smith's return Deshawn Painter's minutes went down (8) and Jordan Vandenberg didn't play.

After a string of solid performances C.J. Williams was quiet. In 18 minutes he didn't score and had three turnovers with two rebounds, an assist, and a steal.

State returns to the floor tomorrow afternoon against ACC rival Wake Forest.


Throughout the season we will track the various highs and lows using the formula.

Five 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)

Five 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)
C.J. Williams vs. Elon (-1)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.


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

Richard Howell: +181 (12.9)
Scott Wood: +159 (11.4)
Lorenzo Brown: +156 (11.1)
C.J. Leslie: +149 (10.6)
Tracy Smith: +40 (10)
Ryan Harrow: +125 (8.9)
Deshawn Painter: +106 (7.6)
Javier Gonzalez: +72 (5.1)
C.J. Williams: +64 (4.6)
Jordan Vandenberg: +34 (2.8)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 12.9 per game efficiency -- .72 efficiency per minute
Tracy Smith: 10.0 per game efficiency -- .47 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 10.6 per game efficiency -- .44 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 11.1 per game efficiency -- .38 efficiency per minute
Deshawn Painter: 7.6 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Ryan Harrow: 8.9 per game efficiency -- .40 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 11.4 per game efficiency -- .35 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 4.6 per game efficiency -- .29 efficiency per minute
Javier Gonzalez: 5.1 per game efficiency -- .25 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... it will be interesting to see if he continues to be so productive with Tracy Smith back in the rotation.

Harrow's skyrocketing up the charts and doing so because of improved shooting from the field. Over his last seven games, Harrow is averaging 13.1 points, including a season- best 20 against USC Upstate. Harrow did not break double figures in any of the four games prior to this stretch, and averaged 6.3 points a game. He leads the ACC in free throw percentage (94%), and NC State is undefeated (8-0) when he scores in double figures. It could be time to work him into the starting rotation.

Tracy Smith is back and doing what he has proven to do well: score in the post, rebound, and work his way to the free throw line. Having him back is huge for the Wolfpack.

C.J. Leslie, Lorenzo Brown, and Scott Wood's efficiency per minute is greatly impacted by their minutes on the floor. Wood and Brown play at or over 30 minutes a game while Leslie is averaging nearly 24 minutes a night.

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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