Efficiency Ratings

As the team progresses through the season, we plan to track its efficiency 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.


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)
Ryan Harrow vs. Duke (-5)
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: +158 (12.2)
Richard Howell: +273 (11.9)
C.J. Leslie: +262 (11.9)
Scott Wood: +242 (10.5)
Lorenzo Brown: +246 (10.7)
Ryan Harrow: +190 (9.0)
Deshawn Painter: +140 (6.1)
C.J. Williams: +126 (5.5)
Javier Gonzalez: +113 (4.9)
Jordan Vandenberg: +48 (3.0)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 11.9 per game efficiency -- .62 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 11.9 per game efficiency -- .50 efficiency per minute
Tracy Smith: 12.2 per game efficiency -- .45 efficiency per minute
Ryan Harrow: 9.0 per game efficiency -- .39 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 10.7 per game efficiency -- .38 efficiency per minute
Deshawn Painter: 6.1 per game efficiency -- .38 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 10.5 per game efficiency -- .33 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 5.5 per game efficiency -- .31 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 3.0 per game efficiency -- .32 efficiency per minute
Javier Gonzalez: 4.9 per game efficiency -- .25 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Tracy Smith leads State on a per game basis, as expected, but Richard Howell continues to pace the Pack based on minutes played.

Howell remains one of the most efficient players, per minute, in the ACC, and if he can work to get in better shape he could take his game to another level. Howell is coming off a strong performance against Duke where he totaled 18 points (9-of-11 FG) and five boards in 32 minutes of action.

Smith's numbers have slipped recently as his knee really appears to be bothering him. He will likely have to play through the pain for the remainder of the season.

C.J. Leslie's game has been and should be criticized, but based on production he has had more highs than lows. After laying an egg against Clemson Leslie rebounded with 14 points and seven boards against North Carolina and 18 points and six rebounds versus Virginia Tech. However, a violation of team rules kept him in Raleigh while the Pack played Duke, which opened the door for extended minutes for Howell.

Freshman guard Lorenzo Brown's play has improved since moving to the point guard position. Over his last three games Brown is averaging 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists.

Sophomore wing Scott Wood's numbers have declined lately as teams seem to be forcing him off the three-point line and making him put the ball on the ground. Wood has scored in single-digits three out of the last four games including just two points and zero against North Carolina and Duke respectively. Wood's efficiency is also hampered by his high number of minutes played.

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