Efficiency Ratings: Stanford

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. Senior guard C.J. Williams was productive for the Wolfpack in the 76-72 loss to Stanford.

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 Stanford.


Once again, NC State had its chances to pull off a good nonconference win but came up just short after leading for much of the game versus Stanford.

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

C.J. Williams: +15 (+14 vs. Indiana = -1 change)
Lorenzo Brown: +13 (-7)
Scott Wood: +3 (-13)
C.J. Leslie: +14 (+1)
DeShawn Painter: +7 (-4)
Richard Howell: +10 (+6)
Jordan Vandenberg: 0 (DNP)
Alex Johnson: +1 (-2)
Thomas de Thaey: +1 (DNP)
Tyler Harris: DNP (+3)
Jaqawn Raymond: 0 (DNP)

OBSERVATIONS: Despite shooting 47% from the field, this was NC State's most inefficient performance, as a team, of the year.

The Wolfpack had 17 turnovers and a season-low eight assists, and they shot 65% from the free throw line, once again leaving points out there in crucial situations.

Leading the way for the Wolfpack was senior guard C.J. Williams. Williams scored 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting and hit 3-of-6 3-pointers. He also totaled three rebounds and an assist but did have three turnovers.

Sophomore C.J. Leslie was the best player on the floor when he played, but cramps limited him to 24 minutes and he missed most of the second half. Leslie still managed to finish with 14 points, two rebounds, and three blocks while hitting 6-of-8 shots.

It was an up-and-down game for sophomore Lorenzo Brown, who finished with 12 points. He also had six rebounds, three assists, and two steals, but he had three turnovers and also fouled out.

One player who really struggled was senior point guard Alex Johnson. Stanford guard Aaron Bright gave Johnson problems, and the Wolfpack PG was ineffective offensively, finishing with five points while hitting just 2-of-8 shot attempts.

Next up for NC State is a matchup with North Carolina Central in Reynolds Coliseum this weekend.

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)
Alex Johnson vs. Stanford (+1) Tyler Harris vs. Princeton (+3)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.

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

Lorenzo Brown: +137 (17.1)
C.J. Leslie: +81 (16.2)
Richard Howell: +127 (15.9)
C.J. Williams: +108 (13.5)
DeShawn Painter: +97 (12.1)
Scott Wood: +69 (9.9)
Jordan Vandenberg: +36 (7.2)
Thomas de Thaey: +8 (2.7)
Alex Johnson: +36 (4.5)
Tyler Harris: +14 (2.0)
Jaqawn Raymond: +0 (0)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Richard Howell: 15.9 per game efficiency -- .65 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 16.2 per game efficiency -- .60 efficiency per minute
DeShawn Painter: 12.1 per game efficiency -- .50 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 17.1 per game efficiency -- .52 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 7.2 per game efficiency -- .50 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 9.9 per game efficiency -- .41 efficiency per minute
Thomas de Thaey: 2.7 per game efficiency -- .35 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 13.5 per game efficiency -- .43 efficiency per minute
Alex Johnson: 4.5 per game efficiency -- .20 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 continues to lead the Wolfpack in efficiency as he produces each night out. Whether it is with his scoring ability, passing prowess, or defense, Brown contributes every game. He should be the leader of NC State's squad and now is the time for him to start taking over sooner in games because the Wolfpack needs a leader on the court to emerge.

Richard Howell has slipped a bit recently with back-to-back subpar games, at least to his standards, from an efficiency standpoint. His free throw shooting has taken a hit, and Howell continues to struggle staying on the court because of foul trouble.

A couple of players NC State needs on the floor even more are C.J. Leslie and Scott Wood. Leslie has been the Pack's best player since returning from a three-game suspension and you have to think if he could have finished the game against Stanford the Pack would have prevailed. Leslie is hitting 59% of his shot attempts and is second on the team in rebounding (6.0) and steals (1.6) while leading the Pack in scoring (14.8) and blocked shots (2.6).

Wood's ability to shoot the basketball is critical to State's success because they lack another perimeter threat. Right now Wood is shooting 51% from the field and an astounding 57% from behind the 3-point line. State needs him taking more shots, but he can't do that if he is on the bench due to foul trouble.

The Pack returns to action tomorrow in Reynolds Coliseum, and they need to have an efficient outing. Look for Richard Howell to get back on track and Lorenzo Brown to have another big game versus North Carolina Central.

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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