Efficiency Ratings: Boston College

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 Boston College.


NC State had its chances and led late in the game, but a trio of three-pointers but BC ahead and the Eagles never looked back as they defeated the Wolfpack 75-66.

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

C.J. Leslie: +18 (+20 vs. Wake Forest = -2 change)
Tracy Smith: +13 (-15)
Lorenzo Brown: +13 (+7)
Scott Wood: +9 (-8)
Ryan Harrow: +9 (+2)
Richard Howell: +5 (-5)
C.J. Williams: +3 (-21)
Deshawn Painter: -2 (-6)
Javier Gonzalez: -1 (0)
Jordan Vandenberg: 0 (DNP)

OBSERVATIONS: In a game where State shot just 44.4% from the field and was outrebounded, the Pack was paced by frontcourt starters Tracy Smith and C.J. Leslie. Smith finished with 18 points and four boards, but he also totaled three turnovers and needed 17 shots to score his 18 points. Despite playing at the rim, Smith shot just two free throws in the game.

Leslie was just as active, scoring 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. He continues to be an active presence on both ends and had another multiple-block game (2).

Lorenzo Brown wasn't particularly dominant shooting the basketball, he attempted just four field goals, making three, but his all around game allowed him to grade out well. Brown finished with seven points, five rebounds, and four assists, but did have three turnovers. State needs him to be more aggressively offensively moving forward as he's capable of better offensive production.

Scott Wood and Ryan Harrow were the Pack's other two players in double figures. Wood scored 12 points and three rebounds, but hit just 2-of-8 3-point attempts. Harrow scored 11 points in 21 minutes and hit 5-of-9 field goals. However, he grabbed just one rebound and had only two assists.

Richard Howell and Javier Gonzalez both played double-digit minutes. Howell grabbed seven boards in just 16 minutes, but he only hit 1-of-5 field goals and 1-of-2 free throws (3 points). Gonzalez's stat sheet was pretty empty this game. He played 19 minutes, but he finished with just two assists and a rebound after missing all four field goal attempts.

Deshawn Painter only played four minutes, and C.J. Williams grabbed four boards in 10 minutes, but missed both field goal attempts.

Jordan Vandenberg technically played, but he came in for just one possession to guard the inbounds.

Next up for the Wolfpack will be a tough ACC road game against Florida State. The Seminoles are coming off a home upset of No. 1 Duke.


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)
Javi Gonzalez vs. Boston College (-1)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.


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

Tracy Smith: +81 (13.5)
Richard Howell: +196 (12.3)
C.J. Leslie: +187 (11.7)
Scott Wood: +185 (11.6)
Lorenzo Brown: +175 (10.9)
Ryan Harrow: +141 (8.8)
Deshawn Painter: +108 (6.8)
C.J. Williams: +91 (5.7)
Javier Gonzalez: +70 (4.4)
Jordan Vandenberg: +34 (2.8)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 12.3 per game efficiency -- .70 efficiency per minute
Tracy Smith: 13.5 per game efficiency -- .54 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 11.7 per game efficiency -- .48 efficiency per minute
Ryan Harrow: 8.8 per game efficiency -- .39 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 10.9 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Deshawn Painter: 6.8 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 11.6 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 5.7 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 2.8 per game efficiency -- .24 efficiency per minute
Javier Gonzalez: 4.4 per game efficiency -- .22 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Richard Howell remains at the top as he continues to produce in at least one category each night out. Against Boston College it was his seven boards in 16 minutes.

Tracy Smith is closing the gap on Howell, mainly due to his productivity in the post and ability to get to the free throw line, although he wasn't able to do that versus Boston College.

C.J. Leslie has used a strong past three games to break away from the rest of the pack. His ability to rebound, block shots, and record steals hides his relatively low field goal percentage (for a power forward) and poor free throw shooting.

Scott Wood and Lorenzo Brown's efficiency per minute numbers are impacted by their minutes played.

Ryan Harrow has also cruised past Javi Gonzalez at the point guard position. While Harrow still doesn't rebound much at all and is shooting just 43% from the field, he's a very good scorer, has a strong assist/turnover rate, and is the best free throw shooter in the ACC. Gonzalez hasn't done much of note lately statistically.

Make sure to check back tomorrow as we'll take a look at efficiency ratings across the ACC.

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