Efficiency Ratings

As the team trudges through the season, we plan to track its efficiency game-by-game to give the fans a more in-depth look at production. After two games, juniors Richard Howell and DeShawn Painter lead the way for the Wolfpack.

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.

For reference, in 2010 LeBron James posted the two most efficient games of the season with a +54 (37 points on 11-of-17 FG & 9-10 FT, 12 rebounds, 11 assist, 2 steals, 1 block, and 2 turnovers) and +50 (40 points on 16-of-23 FG & 6-6 FT, 8 rebounds, 8 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, and 2 turnovers) 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
Richard Howell vs. Morehead State (+31)
Richard Howell vs. UNC Asheville (+26)
C.J. Williams vs. UNC Asheville (+25)
DeShawn Painter vs. Morehead State (+24)
Lorenzo Brown vs. UNC Asheville (+24)

Five Least Efficient Performances*
Alex Johnson vs. UNC Asheville (-1)
Tyler Harris vs. Morehead State (0)
Scott Wood vs. UNC Asheville (+5)
Jordan Vandenberg vs. Morehead State (+8)
Lorenzo Brown vs. Morehead State (+8)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.

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

Richard Howell: +57 (28.5)
DeShawn Painter: +45 (22.5)
C.J. Williams: +42 (21)
Lorenzo Brown: +32 (16)
Scott Wood: +24 (12)
Jordan Vandenberg: +13 (6.5)
Alex Johnson: +8 (4)
Tyler Harris: +7 (3.5)
Jaqawn Raymond: +0 (0)
C.J. Leslie: N/A (N/A)
Thomas de Thaey: N/A (N/A)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played
Richard Howell: 28.5 per game efficiency -- .97 efficiency per minute
DeShawn Painter: 22.5 per game efficiency -- .80 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 21.0 per game efficiency -- .72 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 16.0 per game efficiency -- .53 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 12.0 per game efficiency -- .53 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 6.5 per game efficiency -- .50 efficiency per minute
Alex Johnson: 4.0 per game efficiency -- .14 efficiency per minute
Tyler Harris: 3.5 per game efficiency -- .28 efficiency per minute
Jaqawn Raymond: 0.0 per game efficiency -- 0.0 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: N/A (N/A)
Thomas de Thaey: N/A (N/A)

OBSERVATIONS: As expected, Richard Howell and DeShawn Painter lead the way efficiency-wise and have started out the season playing at a very high level. Both players are have high field goal and free throw percentages for their position, have been dominant on the glass, and are simply stuffing the stat sheet.

For instance, look at Howell's performance against Morehead State. He finished with 25 points on a blistering 11-of-13 from the field (3-of-5 free throws). He also chipped in eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks with just two turnovers.

For the season, Howell is averaging 19.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3 assists, two blocks, and one turnover per game. He is a great fit for Mark Gottfried's offensive system.

Painter's top effort was also against Morehead state. The 6-foot-9 center had 19 points and didn't miss a shot, hitting 6-of-6 field goals and 7-of-7 free throws. He also had five rebounds and two assists with just two turnovers in 27 minutes of action.

Painter is averaging 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and two blocks per game while shooting a blistering 83% from the field.

C.J. Williams and Lorenzo Brown have also been above-average to start the season. Williams has been consistent, +25 and +17 outings. He is averaging 13.5 points (71% FG) and 5.5 rebounds and is second on the team in assists (7) with just one turnover.

Brown's ability to fill the stat sheet has led to his efficiency. He leads the team in assists (15) and steals (9), and also is averaging 3.5 rebounds. His efficiency would be even better if he was shooting a higher percentage from the field (37.5%), but he has only attempted 16 shots in two games. He's averaging 9 points a game, but that number will likely rise as the season goes on. Brown has made a concerted effort to get teammates involved and his first season as the starting point guard is going well with him posting a 3:1 (15:5) assist-to-turnover ratio.

Scott Wood's numbers would likely be even better if he wasn't in foul trouble in the opener versus UNC Asheville where he totaled just eight points in 18 minutes of action. He is not going to be a player that totals a lot of rebounds, and but he has looked much more comfortable off the dribble, and creating for others. Against Morehead State he totaled 18 points (5-of-8 3-pointers, 3-of-3 FTs), three assists, a block and a steal with just two turnovers.

Rotation-wise, the player who has struggled the most has been senior point guard Alex Johnson. He was just 2-of-12 in the opener against UNC Asheville with just one assist and five turnovers (but did grab five boards). Johnson was better on Sunday, even though he was 1-of-5 from the field, he did chip in five assists and two steals with zero turnovers.

It will be interesting to see how the frontcourt rotation will play out once C.J. Leslie and Thomas de Thaey are able to hit the floor. Both players are expected to receive major minutes, but with how Painter and Howell are playing they will likely continue to get their time on the court. Jordan Vandenberg and Tyler Harris have also had their moments.

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, beginning with Wednesday night's matchup against Princeton.

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