Efficiency Ratings

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 Wake Forest.


State started fast against Wake Forest and never looked back, rolling the Deacs in Winston-Salem, 80-55.

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

Tracy Smith: +26 (+2 vs. Duke = +24 change)
C.J. Leslie: +18 (DNP)
Lorenzo Brown: +12 (-6)
Ryan Harrow: +11 (+16)
Scott Wood: +11 (+12)
Richard Howell: +11 (-9)
Javier Gonzalez: +6 (+3)
Deshawn Painter: +5 (-4)
C.J. Williams: +3 (+3)
Jordan Vandenberg: +1 (-1)

OBSERVATIONS: Very solid game all around for NC State, as six players posted double-digit efficiency numbers.

Leading the way was Tracy Smith, who had a +26 that cracked the top five performances of the year. Smith totaled 20 points and eight boards while missing just three shots.

C.J. Leslie returned from his one-game suspension with a strong outing. Leslie was relatively efficient but loaded the stat sheet with points and rebounds.

Lorenzo Brown's numbers were aided by a game-high seven assists. He also finished with seven points, two rebounds, a steal, and a block.

Three Pack players had a +11 rating, Ryan Harrow, Scott Wood, and Richard Howell. Harrow's was due to his six assists while Wood's totaled was based on his nine points on 4-of-6 shooting. Howell, finished with four points, five rebounds, two blocks, and a steal in 13 minutes... extremely efficient numbers.

Next up for NC State is tonight's rematch with Clemson. The Wolfpack must play better than they did the last time out versus the Tigers. A big key will be receiving improved play from the power forward position. Leslie and Howell combined to go 0-for-11 in the loss.


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)
Tracy Smith vs. Wake Forest (+26)
Ryan Harrow vs. USC Upstate (+25)

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-four games. (Efficiency/game)

Tracy Smith: +184 (13.1)
C.J. Leslie: +280 (12.2)
Richard Howell: +284 (11.8)
Lorenzo Brown: +258 (10.8)
Scott Wood: +253 (10.5)
Ryan Harrow: +201 (9.1)
Deshawn Painter: +145 (6.0)
C.J. Williams: +129 (5.4)
Javier Gonzalez: +119 (5.0)
Jordan Vandenberg: +49 (2.9)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 11.8 per game efficiency -- .63 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 12.2 per game efficiency -- .51 efficiency per minute
Tracy Smith: 13.1 per game efficiency -- .48 efficiency per minute
Ryan Harrow: 9.1 per game efficiency -- .39 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 10.8 per game efficiency -- .38 efficiency per minute
Deshawn Painter: 6.0 per game efficiency -- .38 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 10.5 per game efficiency -- .33 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 2.9 per game efficiency -- .33 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 5.4 per game efficiency -- .31 efficiency per minute
Javier Gonzalez: 5.0 per game efficiency -- .26 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Richard Howell continues to lead the Wolfpack in efficiency per minute, but C.J. Leslie is coming on. Both power forwards are above-average rebounders. Howell's numbers could improve with more playing time, but limiting his minutes might actually impact his effectiveness positively. When Leslie shoots a good percentage from the field and the line his numbers are off the charts because he rebounds, forces steals and blocks shots.

Tracy Smith skyrocketed after a +26 performance against Wake. He had a great night shooting from the field.

Ryan Harrow's numbers have improved since moving into the starting lineup. He's created some separation at the point guard position.

Lorenzo Brown and Scott Wood's numbers are a bit low because of their minutes played.

NOTES: Players must play at least 2 minutes or factor into the box score in some way to be considered for per game E-ratings.

We'll be updating the efficiency ratings after each game.

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