Efficiency Ratings: Wake Forest

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 Wake Forest.


NC State was clicking on all cylinders against Wake Forest, jumping out to a huge lead early in the second half and never looked back as they defeated the Deacs 90-69.

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

Tracy Smith: +28 (+15 vs. Elon = +13 change)
C.J. Williams: +24 (+25)
C.J. Leslie: +20 (-2)
Scott Wood: +17 (+4)
Richard Howell: +10 (-2)
Ryan Harrow: +7 (-15)
Lorenzo Brown: +6 (-6)
Deshawn Painter: +4 (+2)
Javier Gonzalez: -1 (-3)
Jordan Vandenberg: DNP (DNP)

OBSERVATIONS: Welcome back Tracy Smith! NC State's senior big man was outstanding against Wake Forest, finishing with 23 points and 11 rebounds. The Deacs had no answer for him in the paint, and Smith was dominant in posting one of the most efficient performances of the season for the Wolfpack.

However, the player of the game was probably junior wing C.J. Williams. Williams had a coming out party, as he totaled 16 points (7-8 FG), seven rebounds and three assists off the bench for the Pack. He did so after an ordinary outing against Elon.

State's other C.J., C.J. Leslie, had another strong game. Leslie's 19 points and six rebounds came as a product of his effort in the post. He seems to be playing well inside with Smith.

Scott Wood had a solid game as well. Wood totaled 11 points, four assists, and four rebounds, while hitting all three of his three-point attempts.

State's backcourt didn't play particularly well, but they didn't have to as the Wolfpack dominated in the paint. However, that will need to change tonight against Reggie Jackson and Boston College.


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)
Tracy Smith vs. Wake Forest (+28)
Richard Howell vs. San Diego (+28)
Ryan Harrow vs. USC Upstate (+25)
C.J. Williams vs. Wake Forest (+24)
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)
Javi Gonzalez vs. Wake Forest (-1)
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 fifteen games. (Efficiency/game)

Tracy Smith: +68 (13.6)
Richard Howell: +191 (12.7)
Scott Wood: +176 (11.7)
C.J. Leslie: +169 (11.3)
Lorenzo Brown: +162 (10.8)
Ryan Harrow: +132 (8.8)
Deshawn Painter: +110 (7.3)
Javier Gonzalez: +71 (4.7)
C.J. Williams: +88 (5.9)
Jordan Vandenberg: +34 (2.8)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 12.7 per game efficiency -- .72 efficiency per minute
Tracy Smith: 13.6 per game efficiency -- .57 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 11.3 per game efficiency -- .47 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 10.8 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Deshawn Painter: 7.3 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Ryan Harrow: 8.8 per game efficiency -- .39 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 11.7 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 5.9 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
Javier Gonzalez: 4.7 per game efficiency -- .24 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 2.8 per game efficiency -- .24 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Richard Howell continues to lead the Wolfpack in efficiency, but Tracy Smith is closing in on him. Later this week we're going to do an efficiency look at the rest of an ACC to get a gauge as to where Howell and other NC State players stand versus the rest of the league.

Howell leads the Wolfpack in efficiency despite averaging under 18 minutes a game.

Smith skyrocketed after a +28 performance against Wake. He's going to continue to climb as he scores points, hits free throws, and rebounds at a high rate.

Lorenzo Brown and Scott Wood's numbers are a bit low because of their minutes played.

C.J. Williams is making a case to see more minutes. The junior wing has been productive all year off the bench for the Wolfpack.

Jordan Vandenberg hasn't played in the last couple of games, and Deshawn Painter is playing less minutes since the return of Smith.

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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