Efficiency Ratings: Clemson

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 Clemson.


State started fast against Clemson, jumping out to a 31-12 lead in the game's first 14 minutes, but the Wolfpack would score just 19 points the rest of the game, allowing the Tigers to come back and win 60-50.

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

Lorenzo Brown: +12 (+15 vs. Miami = -3 change)
Ryan Harrow: +10 (+1)
Tracy Smith: +9 (-7)
C.J. Williams: +9 (-1)
Javier Gonzalez: +6 (+7)
Scott Wood: +3 (-9)
Richard Howell: +2 (-18)
Deshawn Painter: +2 (-3)
Jordan Vandenberg: DNP (DNP)
C.J. Leslie: -4 (-5)

OBSERVATIONS: It wasn't a pretty game for anyone, but it had to be nice for NC State to have Lorenzo Brown posting solid numbers for the second game in a row. In the losses to FSU and Duke Brown was a combined 0-12 from the field, but has gone 6-of-11 the last two. Playing primarily point guard, Brown was 3-of-3 from the field for nine points with two rebounds, one assist, and two steals in 20 minutes of action.

Ryan Harrow was the only other Wolfpack player in double figures. The freshman point guard scored nine points 4-of-9 shooting but did have four rebounds, an assist, a block, and a steal.

Tracy Smith was fairly quiet after several consistent outings. He did lead the Pack in scoring (13) but hit just 4-of-10 shots and had a game-high four turnovers.

NC State lost the game at the power forward position. Two of the Pack's most productive players, Richard Howell and C.J. Leslie, combined for zero points and eight rebounds with two turnovers in 38 minutes. Howell started the game and was 0-of-4 from the field, but did grab six rebounds.

Leslie had his worst performance of the year. He was 0-of-5 from the field, with a few being very questionable shots two rebounds, and a turnover. He wasn't aggressive defensively and had virtually no energy. He has been working his way back from an illness, and the effort just wasn't there.

Next up for the Wolfpack will be a tough ACC road game against North Carolina. The Tar Heels feature a strong frontcourt in John Henson, Tyler Zeller, and Harrison Barnes.


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. Clemson (-4) C.J. Leslie vs. East Carolina (-4)
Javi Gonzalez vs. Wisconsin (-4)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.


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

Tracy Smith: +140 (14.0)
Richard Howell: +239 (12.0)
Scott Wood: +227 (11.4)
C.J. Leslie: +207 (10.4)
Lorenzo Brown: +191 (9.6)
Ryan Harrow: +186 (9.3)
Deshawn Painter: +118 (5.9)
C.J. Williams: +112 (5.6)
Javier Gonzalez: +82 (4.1)
Jordan Vandenberg: +34 (2.8)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 12.0 per game efficiency -- .64 efficiency per minute
Tracy Smith: 14.0 per game efficiency -- .50 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 10.4 per game efficiency -- .44 efficiency per minute
Ryan Harrow: 9.3 per game efficiency -- .39 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 11.4 per game efficiency -- .35 efficiency per minute
Deshawn Painter: 5.9 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 9.6 per game efficiency -- .35 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 5.6 per game efficiency -- .323 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 2.8 per game efficiency -- .24 efficiency per minute
Javier Gonzalez: 4.1 per game efficiency -- .22 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: No major changes with season efficiency as Richard Howell remains in top. He had a breakout performance in the start against Miami, scoring 17 points on 8-of-11 from the field.

Tracy Smith remains the Pack's go-to player and he has been very consistent in recent games. He hasn't scored less than 13 in his last eight matchups and is shooting 52% from the field.

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

Lorenzo Brown's minutes have dipped in recent games, and C.J. Williams is playing more. Williams doesn't score a lot, but he is solid in all areas and has been one of State's most consistent players this year.

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