Efficiency Ratings: Indiana

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 productive in NC State's 86-75 loss to Indiana.

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 Indiana.


In a well-played game between two comparable teams, Indiana left the RBC Center with an 86-75 victory after overcoming a seven-point deficit in the final eight minutes.

NC State had a chance to pull out the win, but the Wolfpack couldn't make enough key plays down the stretch.

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

Lorenzo Brown: +20 (+20 vs. Elon = 0 change)
Scott Wood: +16 (+2)
C.J. Williams: +14 (+5)
C.J. Leslie: +13 (-8)
DeShawn Painter: +11 (+1)
Richard Howell: +4 (-8)
Jordan Vandenberg: DNP (DNP)
Alex Johnson: +3 (-4)
Thomas de Thaey: DNP (+5)
Tyler Harris:+3 (+6)
Jaqawn Raymond: DNP (0)

OBSERVATIONS: Leading the way for NC State was standout point guard Lorenzo Brown, who had a big second half. Brown finished with 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and just three turnovers in 35 minutes of action. He was able to get into the lane over-and-over again, which has been the case all season.

Scott Wood's hot-shooting is the reason for his efficiency. The junior hit 4-of-8 field goals, 3-of-4 3-pointers, and all five free throws to total 16 points. He also had two rebounds, two blocks, and an assist.

C.J. Leslie didn't shoot it well (4-of-11 FG), but he did a lot of everything else. The talented sophomore had 10 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks, and a steal, but he also had five turnovers. It was Leslie's worst game of the season from an efficiency standpoint, but he was still very productive.

It's worth pointing out that the loss to Indiana was easily Richard Howell's worst game of the year. The burly junior had six points and six rebounds, but he also had four turnovers. He came into the game shooting 82% from the free throw line, but missed all three attempts. Overall, it was a sloppy game for Howell, and State needs him to play well against Stanford.

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)
Richard Howell vs. Indiana (+4)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.

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

Lorenzo Brown: +124 (17.7)
C.J. Leslie: +67(16.8)
Richard Howell: +117 (16.7)
C.J. Williams: +93 (13.3)
DeShawn Painter: +90 (12.9)
Scott Wood: +66 (11.0)
Jordan Vandenberg: +36 (7.2)
Thomas de Thaey: +7 (3.5)
Alex Johnson: +35 (5.0)
Tyler Harris: +14 (2.0)
Jaqawn Raymond: +0 (0)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 16.7 per game efficiency -- .71 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 16.8 per game efficiency -- .60 efficiency per minute
DeShawn Painter: 12.9 per game efficiency -- .53 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 17.7 per game efficiency -- .55 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 7.2 per game efficiency -- .50 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 11.0 per game efficiency -- .46 efficiency per minute
Thomas de Thaey: 3.5 per game efficiency -- .44 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 13.3 per game efficiency -- .44 efficiency per minute
Alex Johnson: 5.0 per game efficiency -- .21 efficiency per minute
Tyler Harris: 2.0 per game efficiency -- .15 efficiency per minute
Jaqawn Raymond: 0.0 per game efficiency -- 0.0 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Lorenzo Brown now leads the Wolfpack in efficiency and it's due to his overall floor game. He contributes in every possible way and as long as he shoots a good percentage he will rank among the ACC leaders in efficiency because of his ability to score, defend, rebound, and assist. Brown is averaging 14 points, 6.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and three steals per game.

It might be surprising to some that C.J. Williams is fourth on the team in efficiency, but it shouldn't be. The senior has been rock solid this year. He's averaging 9.9 points (sixth on the team), 4.3 rebounds (5th), 2.4 assists, (3rd), and 1.1 steals (3rd). Williams is also shooting 54% from the field and 87% from the free throw line.

C.J. Leslie's sophomore season has started with a bang. He's giving maximum effort on both ends and it's paying off as he has been extremely effective. Leslie leads the team in scoring (15.0) and is second in rebounding (7.0), second in steals (2.0) and first in blocks (2.5). He is shooting 55% from the field but just 56% from the free throw line. For him to maximize his effectiveness he must improve his free throw shooting because he will be at the line a lot this year.

Finally, junior big men Richard Howell and DeShawn Painter have proven to be very capable in expanded roles this year. Howell leads the team in rebounding (8.4 per game) while playing less minutes than Leslie and Painter. Painter is averaging 10.9 points and 6.1 rebounds, and his perimeter shooting adds a dimension to the offense that Howell and Leslie haven't been able to provide.

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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