Efficiency Ratings: Duke

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 Duke.


Facing the might Blue Devils in Raleigh, NC State shot 21.6% from the field in the first half and could never recover, losing 92-78 despite hitting 54.8% of their shots in the second half.

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

Tracy Smith: +17 (+17 vs. Florida State = 0 change)
Scott Wood: +17 (+7)
C.J. Leslie: +16 (+9)
Ryan Harrow: +13 (0)
Richard Howell: +12 (+3)
Javier Gonzalez: +3 (-1)
Deshawn Painter: +2 (+1)
Jordan Vandenberg: 0 (DNP)
C.J. Williams: -1 (-4)
Lorenzo Brown: -5 (+1)

OBSERVATIONS: Tracy Smith was solid from the start for NC State, scoring 19 points and grabbing nine boards on 7-of-15 shooting. Smith did have three turnovers and two assists in 34 minutes of action.

Scott Wood was extremely efficient from the field, totaling 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting (all 3-pointers). He has really been dialed in lately and as his game expands he will become even more dangerous. Wood added three rebounds, an assist, and a block.

Ryan Harrow tied Smith for the most minutes played on the night, as the freshman point guard saw 34 minutes of action. He scored 15 points and dished out five assists with just one turnover. Harrow hit only 4-of-13 shots, but knocked down all six of his free throws.

Richard Howell and C.J. Leslie contributed in a variety of ways. Howell finished with 10 points and seven boards, and he also had a block and three steals. Leslie had 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and four steals, but hit just 4-of-11 shots and 5-of-10 freeh throws.

With all that being said, State wasn't able to get much production from Lorenzo Brown for the second straight game. The Wolfpack freshman guard has been in a serious funk lately. He scored just two points on 1-of-6 shooting against FSU, and followed that up with a 0-6 outing last night. 1-of-12 shooting from the field isn't going to cut it from your starting shooting guard.

An even bigger problem is it seems to be effecting Brown's overall game. He's not defending like he did earlier in the year, and he is also not grabbing boards or dishing out assists. In the same two-game stretch he's had just one rebound and one assist. Brown followed up a -6 efficiency outing against FSU with a -5 game versus the Blue Devils... both the two worst performances on the team this season. Ouch.

Next up for the Wolfpack will be a tough ACC home game against Miami. The Hurricanes feature explosive guards Durand Scott and Malcolm Grant and talented big man Reggie Johnson.


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)
Lorenzo Brown vs. Duke (-5)
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)
C.J. Williams vs. Duke (-1)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.


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

Tracy Smith: +115 (14.4)
Richard Howell: +217 (12.1)
Scott Wood: +212 (11.8)
C.J. Leslie: +210 (11.7)
Ryan Harrow: +167 (9.3)
Lorenzo Brown: +164 (9.1)
Deshawn Painter: +111 (6.2)
C.J. Williams: +93 (5.2)
Javier Gonzalez: +77 (4.3)
Jordan Vandenberg: +34 (2.8)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 12.1 per game efficiency -- .68 efficiency per minute
Tracy Smith: 14.4 per game efficiency -- .52 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 11.7 per game efficiency -- .47 efficiency per minute
Ryan Harrow: 9.3 per game efficiency -- .41 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 11.8 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Deshawn Painter: 6.2 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 9.1 per game efficiency -- .32 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 5.2 per game efficiency -- .32 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 2.8 per game efficiency -- .24 efficiency per minute
Javier Gonzalez: 4.3 per game efficiency -- .23 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Richard Howell's efficiency continues to remain high because he produces each night in a low number of minutes. However, if State's lineup in the second half against Duke is any indication, Howell could see a spike in minutes played which should lower his high efficiency per minute.

Tracy has been very productive in the eight games he's played this season. His rebounding numbers are affected by Howell and C.J. Leslie, but he remains the focal point of the Wolfpack offensively. Smith is one of the league's top scorers in conference games.

Lorenzo Brown is in a brutal stretch right now and his efficiency numbers continue to fall. Because of this his playing time has been affected.

Ryan Harrow's 34 minutes of action against Duke could signal a change at point guard for the Wolfpack. Change or not, it is about time the Pack commits to either Harrow or Gonzalez. With Harrow averaging 22.9 minutes per game and Gonzalez 19.2, it's hard for either finding a groove with a split like that.

Scott Wood continues to lead the Wolfpack in minutes played. He's a vital part of State's offense.

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