Efficiency Ratings: Elon

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 was outstanding in State's 82-67 win over Elon.

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 Texas.


NC State started fast and led Elon throughout the game, knocking off the Phoenix 82-67. The Wolfpack out-rebounded Elon by 16 and was +14 in points off turnovers and +15 in fastbreak points.

In parenthesis is the change in efficiency for each player from the previous game against Texas.

C.J. Leslie: +21 (+13 vs. Texas = +8 change)
Lorenzo Brown: +20 (+7)
C.J. Williams: +9 (-4)
Scott Wood: +14 (+2)
Richard Howell: +12 (+2)
DeShawn Painter: +10 (0)
Jordan Vandenberg: DNP
Alex Johnson: +7 (+3)
Thomas de Thaey: +5 (+3)
Tyler Harris: -3 (-4)
Jaqawn Raymond: 0 (DNP)

OBSERVATIONS: It's obvious that C.J. Leslie is playing focused and for the team, and if that continues he will have a big year. Coming off the bench for his third straight game, Leslie hasn't complained... he's just produced.

Against Elon, Leslie played 24 minutes, scoring 13 points (6-10 FG, 1-3 FT) and grabbing eight rebounds. He also had five blocks and three steals on the defensive end of the floor, where he continues to impact.

Lorenzo Brown's first half performance was as good an effort you'll see out of a point guard. He got banged up a bit in the second half, but came back out and finished the game. Brown ended up with a team-high 21 points (9-16 FG, 3-6 FT), six assists, and six rebounds. He was able to to the basket whenever he wanted against the Phoenix, finishing with layups, floaters, or passes to teammates.

Junior wing Scott Wood came off the bench again, but still played 30 minutes, scoring 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. He hit 5-of-6 3's and remains on fire from deep.

State's frontcourt is developing a rotation. Jordan Vandenberg didn't play in this game, but Leslie (24 minutes), DeShawn Painter (22), Richard Howell (18), and Thomas de Thaey (14) all played under 25 minutes. However, all four grabbed at least seven rebounds, with Painter's 10 being a game-high. De Thaey in particular was strong on the glass, grabbing seven rebounds and recording a block in 14 minutes. All four of those guys are capable rebounders and should allow the Pack to contend on the glass much better than in year's past.

Finally, C.J. Williams continues to be a steady influence for the Pack. He will guard the opposing team's top perimeter player and provide the intangibles. The senior played a game-high 36 minutes, scoring 10 points and grabbing three boards. He also limited Elon guard Drew Spradlin to just nine points on 3-of-6 shooting.

Next up for NC State is a home game against Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Hoosiers are undefeated and should be a great matchup for the Wolfpack.

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*
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.

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

Richard Howell: +113 (18.8)
C.J. Leslie: +54 (18.0)
Lorenzo Brown: +104 (17.3)
C.J. Williams: +79 (13.2)
DeShawn Painter: +79 (13.2)
Scott Wood: +50 (10.0)
Jordan Vandenberg: +36 (7.2)
Thomas de Thaey: +7 (3.5)
Alex Johnson: +32 (5.3)
Tyler Harris: +11 (1.8)
Jaqawn Raymond: +0 (0)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 18.8 per game efficiency -- .78 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 18.0 per game efficiency -- .69 efficiency per minute
DeShawn Painter: 13.2 per game efficiency -- .55 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 17.3 per game efficiency -- .54 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 7.2 per game efficiency -- .50 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 10.0 per game efficiency -- .48 efficiency per minute
Thomas de Thaey: 3.5 per game efficiency -- .44 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 13.2 per game efficiency -- .42 efficiency per minute
Alex Johnson: 5.3 per game efficiency -- .20 efficiency per minute
Tyler Harris: 1.8 per game efficiency -- .13 efficiency per minute
Jaqawn Raymond: 0.0 per game efficiency -- 0.0 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Thomas de Thaey received his first extensive minutes and showed that he is going to compete hard on the glass and hunt his shot from behind the 3-point line. Coach Gottfried seems confident in de Thaey's shooting ability, although he missed all three attempts against Elon. However, he looks to be a physical presence in the paint for State that the Pack will need as the season progresses. Expect his minutes to continue increasing as he becomes more comfortable. So far he has played in just two games.

Richard Howell is one of the best players in the ACC, in terms of efficiency. 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... also, he's shooting over 80% from the free throw line this season. He needs to work on not fouling, especially early in games. He's too aggressive at times and that leads to cheap fouls he doesn't need to take.

C.J. Leslie has played very well and his numbers reflect it. Now, because he gets to the line so much he needs to shoot a better percentage from the charity stripe, but he can give you big numbers in blocks, steals, and rebounds each night out. If he shoots a good percentage, his efficiency could be off-the-charts.

Another player who continues to fare well is Lorenzo Brown. He must keep his turnovers down, which he has done, but at 6'5 he can generate steals and rebounds from his point guard position. He has also produced assists as well. However, his per-minute numbers might be lower than expected because he leads the team in minutes played.

Scott Wood has been on fire all season. The junior is hitting 55% from the field and an astounding 58% from 3-point land. Now, he doesn't contribute much in terms of rebounds, assists, and steals, but his ability to shoot the basketball will keep him on the court.

Tyler Harris has played more minutes than he is probably ready to play due to the early injury to Wood and the situations with Leslie and de Thaey, so with all three back his minutes will likely dwindle. Harris has shown promise, but he must get stronger and continue working on his jumpshot and ballhandling if he is going to play exclusively on the wing.

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.

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