((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 Florida State.
Facing the best defense in the ACC NC State had to know it wouldn't be easy offensively, and for much of the game the Pack struggled in the 84-71 loss to Florida State.
In parenthesis is the change in efficiency from the previous game against Boston College.
Tracy Smith: +17 (+13 vs. Boston College = +4 change)
Ryan Harrow: +13 (+4)
Scott Wood: +10 (+1)
Richard Howell: +9 (+4)
C.J. Leslie: +7 (-11)
Javier Gonzalez: +4 (+5)
C.J. Williams: +3 (0)
Deshawn Painter: +1 (+3)
Lorenzo Brown: -6 (-19)
Jordan Vandenberg: DNP (0)
OBSERVATIONS: Tracy Smith paced the Wolfpack in efficiency behind a second-half performance where he scored 17 points and grabbed three boards. Smith finished with 19 points and three rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting from the field.
Like Smith, Ryan Harrow did most of his damage late in the game, as he totaled 17 points, three assists, and a board. Harrow overcame a rough start and made plays down the stretch.
C.J. Leslie nearly posted a double-double, recording 10 points and nine rebounds, but he hit just 3-of-8 shots from the field and 4-of-9 from the free throw line. He's had some issues this year finishing around the basket through contact, and with the way he gets to the line he has to become a better free throw shooter.
Scott Wood and Richard Howell were solid in the defeat. Wood finished with 10 points and three boards while Howell once again came off the bench to snatch 10 rebounds in 17 minutes.
As solid as they were, Lorenzo Brown had arguably the worst outing statistically of any Wolfpack player this season. Brown scored just two points on 1-of-6 shooting and grabbed one rebound, but he also had four turnovers to finish with a -6 efficiency rating. Ouch.
Javier Gonzalez came of the bench for the first time this year, and he responded with five points, four assists, two rebounds, and two steals, but he hit only 2-of-8 shots and had three turnovers.
Next up for the Wolfpack will be a tough ACC home game against Duke, one of the top programs in the country.
MEMORABLE SEASON PERFORMANCES
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*
Lorenzo Brown vs. Florida State (-6)
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 seventeen games. (Efficiency/game)
Tracy Smith: +98 (14.0)
Richard Howell: +205 (12.1)
Scott Wood: +195 (11.5)
C.J. Leslie: +194 (11.4)
Lorenzo Brown: +169 (9.9)
Ryan Harrow: +154 (9.1)
Deshawn Painter: +109 (6.4)
C.J. Williams: +94 (5.5)
Javier Gonzalez: +74 (4.4)
Jordan Vandenberg: +34 (2.8)
Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played
Richard Howell: 12.1 per game efficiency -- .69 efficiency per minute
Tracy Smith: 14.0 per game efficiency -- .53 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 11.4 per game efficiency -- .47 efficiency per minute
Ryan Harrow: 9.1 per game efficiency -- .41 efficiency per minute
Deshawn Painter: 6.4 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 11.5 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 9.9 per game efficiency -- .34 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 5.5 per game efficiency -- .34 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's efficiency continues to remain and will as long as he snatches boards and shoots a high percentage in such a limited amount of time as he has done all season.
Tracy Smith hasn't skipped a beat production-wise, but he could rebound at a higher clip although that might be tougher given the way Howell and Leslie, the power forwards lining up alongside him, hit the glass.
Lorenzo Brown has been in a funk lately and his efficiency has dipped. He continues to play a high number of minutes, but NC State needs him to be more assertive offensively.
Ryan Harrow has been much more effective than Javier Gonzalez statistically, but Gonzalez appears to be the better defender and therefore the minutes per game aren't far off. However, Harrow earned his first start against Florida State and could receive even more minutes if he consistently continues to produce.
Scott Wood and Lorenzo Brown continue to lead the Wolfpack in minutes played.