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.


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: +210 (13.1)
C.J. Leslie: +322 (12.9)
Richard Howell: +303 (11.7)
Lorenzo Brown: +275 (10.6)
Scott Wood: +271 (10.4)
Ryan Harrow: +205 (8.5)
Deshawn Painter: +145 (5.6)
C.J. Williams: +140 (5.4)
Javier Gonzalez: +136 (5.2)
Jordan Vandenberg: +54 (3.0)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 11.7 per game efficiency -- .66 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 12.9 per game efficiency -- .52 efficiency per minute
Tracy Smith: 13.1 per game efficiency -- .47 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 10.6 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Ryan Harrow: 8.5 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Deshawn Painter: 5.6 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 3.0 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 10.4 per game efficiency -- .33 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 5.4 per game efficiency -- .31 efficiency per minute
Javier Gonzalez: 5.2 per game efficiency -- .27 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. NC State will certainly miss Howell tonight against North Carolina, a team that features a strong frontline.

Like Howell, Smith and C.J. Leslie's efficiency has improved in recent games, and it is a reason why the Pack has won two out of its last three contests.

Leslie in particular has been effective. He's averaging 19 points and nine rebounds in his three games back from serving a one-game suspension. He's playing aggressive on both ends of the floor and his three 3-pointers knocked down the last two outings is the same he had totaled in the previous 23 matchups.

Lorenzo Brown hasn't scored in double figures since the Duke game, but he is averaging six assists over his last four.

Sophomore wing Scott Wood's numbers have declined lately and his efficiency per minute is low because he's playing nearly 32 minutes a night. Because he doesn't take two-point shots his field goal attempts remain low, and he doesn't reach the free throw line very often at all. Wood has attempted double-digit shots just five times all season.

The key to tonight's game could be the play of point guards Ryan Harrow and Javi Gonzalez against Kendall Marshall. Harrow and Gonzalez have been up-and-down all season, and Gonzalez has been the better of the two the past couple of games. Harrow and Gonzalez are shooting 39% and 35% from the field respectively this season.

With Howell out State is going to need to receive production from reserve big men Deshawn Painter and Jordan Vandenberg. Painter had three fouls in three minutes at Maryland, and Vandenberg hasn't played more than four minutes in 16 games.

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