Efficiency Ratings: Princeton

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. Sophomore point guard Lorenzo Brown had his most efficient outing of the year in NC State's win over Princeton.

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, starting with the recent game against Princeton.

GAME EFFICIENCY: PRINCETON

NC State was down several key players but found a way to pull out the 60-58 victory over Princeton in a contest that was close throughout.

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

Lorenzo Brown: +25 (+8 vs. Morehead State = +17 change)
Alex Johnson: +7 (-2)
Tyler Harris: +3 (+3)
C.J. Williams: +9 (-7)
Richard Howell: +14 (-17)
Deshawn Painter: +10 (-14)
Jordan Vandenberg: +10 (+2)
Scott Wood: 0 (-17)
C.J. Leslie: DNP (DNP)
Thomas de Thaey: DNP (DNP)
Jaqawn Raymond: DNP (DNP)

OBSERVATIONS: Lorenzo Brown was outstanding for the Wolfpack. Despite battling an ankle injury and flu-like symptoms, the sophomore played 37 minutes in the victory. He totaled 16 points, eight assists, and five steals with just three turnovers while hitting 5-of-10 shots.

Frontcourt starters DeShawn Painter and Richard Howell also continued their strong play, as they totaled 11 and 10 points respectively. Painter hit 4-of-8 shots and grabbed four boards, and although Howell hit just 3-of-10 field goals he grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and added two blocks.

C.J. Williams was solid again, as the senior has been thus far. Williams had 10 points (5-of-10 FGs), and four rebounds in 36 minutes.

The Wolfpack also received lifts off the bench from Jordan Vandenberg and Alex Johnson. Vandenberg played just 13 minutes, but he finished with six points (3-3 FGs), five rebounds, and two blocks. Johnson had to play major minutes with Scott Wood going down, but did have five points, four assists, and three rebounds with all five points coming in the final minutes.

MEMORABLE SEASON PERFORMANCES
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)
Lorenzo Brown vs. Princeton (+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)
Tyler Harris vs. Princeton (+3)
Scott Wood vs. UNC Asheville (+5)
Alex Johnson vs. Princeton (+7)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.

SEASON EFFICIENCY RATINGS
Cumulative Season ratings for the Wolfpack through three games. (Efficiency/game)

Richard Howell: +71 (23.7)
Lorenzo Brown: +57 (19.0)
DeShawn Painter: +55 (18.3)
C.J. Williams: +51 (17.0)
Scott Wood: +24 (8.0)
Jordan Vandenberg: +23 (7.7)
Alex Johnson: +15 (5.0)
Tyler Harris: +10 (3.3)
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: 23.7 per game efficiency -- .80 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 19.0 per game efficiency -- .59 efficiency per minute
DeShawn Painter: 18.3 per game efficiency -- .70 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 17.0 per game efficiency -- .54 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 8.0 per game efficiency -- .51 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 7.7 per game efficiency -- .48 efficiency per minute
Alex Johnson: 5.0 per game efficiency -- .16 efficiency per minute
Tyler Harris: 3.3 per game efficiency -- .26 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: Richard Howell continues to lead the way with his efficiency. Overall, he will fare well in these ratings because he shoots a high percentage from the field, is an outstanding rebounder, and is active enough to add assists, blocks, steals, etc...

Another player who will fare well is Lorenzo Brown... the key with Brown will be how well he shoots it from the field. If he stays healthy, he should rank among the ACC leaders in assists and steals, and as a 6'5 guard he will add rebounds as well. He must keep his turnovers down and shoot a solid percentage, which he has done thus far.

NC State's most improved player might be DeShawn Painter, and the numbers support those claims. Painter is finishing at the rim, rebounding, and blocking shots. He won't post a lot of assists because when he gets the ball in scoring situations the shot is going up, but his overall confidence has led to increased productivity.

Scott Wood's numbers dropped because he only played two minutes before going down with an ankle injury.

This will open the door for Alex Johnson to receive more minutes, but he has to improve his efficiency as the season goes on. Johnson, who came to NC State with a reputation for being a knock-down three-pointer shooter, has struggled with his shot thus far. He also has had a high number of turnovers. NC State has to hope that his success late in the game with Princeton will give him even more confidence moving forward.

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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