((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 Texas.
NC State was down by as many as 18 points in the second half but used a 28-2 run midway through the half to take the lead and upset Texas, 77-74.
In parenthesis is the change in efficiency from the previous game against Vanderbilt.
Lorenzo Brown: +13 (+14 vs. Vanderbilt = -1 change)
C.J. Leslie: +13 (-7)
C.J. Williams: +13 (+7)
Scott Wood: +12 (+12)
Richard Howell: +10 (-10)
Deshawn Painter: +10 (+6)
Jordan Vandenberg: +5 (-3)
Alex Johnson: +4 (-2)
Thomas de Thaey: +2 (+2)
Tyler Harris: -1 (-6)
Jaqawn Raymond: DNP (DNP)
OBSERVATIONS: Lorenzo Brown struggled early versus Texas, but he made a bunch of key plays down the stretch for the Wolfpack. While he had three turnovers, he did have four assists, two steals, and a block, and he chipped in 11 points (2-7 FG) and five rebounds. He hit 7-of-9 free throws, including two big free throws in the final minute.
In just his second game back, C.J. Leslie was efficient again. He attempted only eight field goals (4-of-8), but finished with 17 points, four rebounds, two steals, and two blocks in 27 minutes.
The key for NC State may have been getting back junior small forward Scott Wood. Wood, who missed the loss to Vanderbilt, added in 16 points off the bench, as he hit 3 3-pointers and all five of his free throw attempts. Wood was able to play 27 minutes in his first game back from an ankle injury.
It was an overall team win for the Wolfpack, who shot 46% from the field and had 14 assists on 20 made field goals. The Wolfpack scored 21 points off turnovers (Texas had just 11) and was +16 in bench scoring (40-to-24).
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*
Tyler Harris vs. Texas (-1)
Alex Johnson vs. UNC Asheville (-1)
Tyler Harris vs. Morehead State (0)
Tyler Harris vs. Princeton (+3)
Alex Johnson vs. Texas (+4)
DeShawn Painter vs. Vanderbilt (+4)
*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.
Richard Howell: +101 (20.2)
Lorenzo Brown: +84 (16.8)
C.J. Leslie: +33 (16.5)
C.J. Williams: +70 (14.0)
DeShawn Painter: +69 (13.8)
Scott Wood: +36 (9.0)
Jordan Vandenberg: +36 (7.2)
Alex Johnson: +25 (5.0)
Tyler Harris: +14 (2.8)
Thomas de Thaey: +2 (2.0)
Jaqawn Raymond: +0 (0)
Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played
Thomas de Thaey: 2.0 per game efficiency -- 1.00 efficiency per minute
Richard Howell: 20.2 per game efficiency -- .80 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 16.5 per game efficiency -- .61 efficiency per minute
DeShawn Painter: 13.8 per game efficiency -- .57 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 16.8 per game efficiency -- .53 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 7.2 per game efficiency -- .50 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 9.0 per game efficiency -- .49 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 14.0 per game efficiency -- .46 efficiency per minute
Alex Johnson: 5.0 per game efficiency -- .18 efficiency per minute
Tyler Harris: 2.8 per game efficiency -- .18 efficiency per minute
Jaqawn Raymond: 0.0 per game efficiency -- 0.0 efficiency per minute
OBSERVATIONS: Thomas de Thaey only played two minutes in his first game of the year, but he made the most of them, recording a rebound and an assist. He will certainly play more as the season goes on.
Richard Howell continues to be efficient on a per-minute basis. As we've said before, 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...
C.J. Leslie started his sophomore season off with a bang, and his efficiency will be tied to his shot selection and free throw percentage. His shot selection was superb vs. Texas and Vanderbilt, but he hit just 58% of his free throws in the two games. He's going to live at the free throw line. If he's going to maximize his efficiency he must shoot a higher free throw percentage.
Another player who continues to fare well is Lorenzo Brown. He must keep his turnovers down and shoot a solid percentage, but he stuffs the stat sheet with rebounds, assists, and steals. Also, his per-minute numbers will be lower than expected because he plays so many minutes. He's averaging 32 minutes per game through five games.
Alex Johnson and Tyler Harris have been the two players who have struggled to start the year. Johnson is shooting just 28% from the field and his assist-to-turnover ratio is barely over 1. However, in both wins over Texas and Princeton, Johnson hit some huge shots down the stretch and that is always a plus.
Tyler Harris has played more minutes than he is probably ready to play due to the injury to Wood and the situations with Leslie and de Thaey. He has certainly shown promise but hasn't shot the ball well at all and has turned it over some. With that being said, he should continue to improve as a true freshman.
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.