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)
C.J. Leslie vs. Georgia Tech (-4)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.


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

Tracy Smith: +249 (13.1)
C.J. Leslie: +333 (11.9)
Richard Howell: +324 (11.6)
Lorenzo Brown: +316 (10.9)
Scott Wood: +303 (10.5)
Ryan Harrow: +221 (8.2)
Deshawn Painter: +145 (5.6)
Javier Gonzalez: +158 (5.4)
C.J. Williams: +155 (5.3)
Jordan Vandenberg: +74 (3.5)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 11.6 per game efficiency -- .63 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 11.9 per game efficiency -- .48 efficiency per minute
Tracy Smith: 13.1 per game efficiency -- .48 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 10.9 per game efficiency -- .38 efficiency per minute
Deshawn Painter: 5.6 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Ryan Harrow: 8.2 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 3.5 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 10.5 per game efficiency -- .33 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 5.3 per game efficiency -- .30 efficiency per minute
Javier Gonzalez: 5.4 per game efficiency -- .28 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. In limited minutes he continues to rebound at a high rate and can provide you with the occasional steals, blocks, and assists. He shoots a good percentage from the field and the increased athleticism from being in shape should help in that area as well.

While Smith and Howell's efficiency has either increased or remained in the same range, C.J. Leslie's has dropped over the past couple of games. He was a non-factor versus Virginia and had a 1-of-10 outing against Georgia Tech last week. For State to be successful against even average teams he has to play smart basketball and provide energy on both ends.

Lorenzo Brown hasn't been the scorer most thought he'd be during his freshman campaign, but he has been a very good facilitator, leading the Wolfpack in assists. The next step for him is to continue developing his jumpshot while also looking to score more often.

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 six times all season.

Sophomore center Jordan Vandenberg has provided the biggest spark lately, as he has become the Pack's backup to Smith over the past few games. He's been a presence defensively, looks to dunk everything close to the rim, and doesn't make bad decisions on either end. Now he has to continue working on his post game so opposing defenses will view him as a factor next season... right now he's a liability as a go-to scorer in the post, too often looking to pass and doesn't post up with a purpose.

The point guard situation has been up-and-down for State all season, with Javi Gonzalez and Ryan Harrow playing well at different times throughout the year. Against Virginia it was Gonzalez who had the hot hand, scoring 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while Harrow didn't score or record an assist in the game. Inconsistency at that position has been an issue for the Pack.

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