Efficiency Ratings: NC Central

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 65-60 win over NC Central.

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 NC Central.


It wasn't pretty, but after back-to-back losses you can bet Mark Gottfried was happy to leave Reynolds Coliseum with a 65-60 win over a scrappy NC Central squad.

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

C.J. Williams: +18 (+15 vs. Stanford= +3 change)
Lorenzo Brown: +2 (-11)
Scott Wood: +17 (+14)
C.J. Leslie: +8 (-6)
DeShawn Painter: +4 (-4)
Richard Howell: +18 (+8)
Jordan Vandenberg: DNP (DNP)
Alex Johnson: +3 (+2)
Thomas de Thaey: 0 (-1)
Tyler Harris: DNP (DNP)
Jaqawn Raymond: -2 (-2)

OBSERVATIONS: This was definitely State's worst shooting game of the season, as the Pack hit just 37% of their shots in the victory.

Leading the way for the Wolfpack was C.J. Williams, as the senior guard has put together back-to-back strong outings. He posted a career-high 21 points, while hitting 6-of-14 field goals and 8-of-9 free throws. Williams did have four turnovers, but he also chipped in five rebounds, three steals, a block and an assist.

Scott Wood continues to shoot the ball well, as he hit 5-of-9 3-pointers and all four free throws to total 19 points. He added a rebound and an assist.

The Pack's only other double-figure scorer was junior forward Richard Howell. The 6-foot-8 big man had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field, and he also tallied eight rebounds and three assists.

Sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown had his worst game of the year, finishing with just 1 point in 36 minutes of action. While he did record six assists, four rebounds, and two steals, Brown didn't hit a field goal (0-of-7) and had three turnovers.

C.J. Leslie and DeShawn Painter were equally as ineffective, combining to hit just 2-of-10 field goals.

Next up for NC State is a huge matchup with No. 1 Syracuse tomorrow in the RBC Center.

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)
Lorenzo Brown vs. NC Central (+2)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.

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

Lorenzo Brown: +139 (15.4)
C.J. Leslie: +89 (14.8)
Richard Howell: +145 (16.1)
C.J. Williams: +126 (14.0)
DeShawn Painter: +101 (11.2)
Scott Wood: +86 (10.8)
Jordan Vandenberg: +36 (7.2)
Thomas de Thaey: +8 (2.7)
Alex Johnson: +39 (4.3)
Tyler Harris: +14 (2.0)
Jaqawn Raymond: -2 (0)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played
Richard Howell: 16.1 per game efficiency -- .65 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 14.8 per game efficiency -- .57 efficiency per minute
DeShawn Painter: 11.2 per game efficiency -- .47 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 15.4 per game efficiency -- .46 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 7.2 per game efficiency -- .50 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 10.8 per game efficiency -- .42 efficiency per minute
Thomas de Thaey: 2.7 per game efficiency -- .33 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 14.0 per game efficiency -- .44 efficiency per minute
Alex Johnson: 4.3 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: Richard Howell had a vintage Richard Howell game against North Carolina Central, and his efficiency numbers reflected it. He scored 11 points, but did so on 5-of-6 shooting from the field. He also chipped in eight rebounds and three assists with a steal. He fills the stat sheet and does so in an efficient manner.

While Lorenzo Brown didn't shoot well, he continued to contribute in other areas, and that's why his efficiency numbers will be high. He's far from one-dimensional and that enhances his value. However, his efficiency/minute numbers will be lower due to him playing so many minutes each night (avg. 33 per night).

Scott Wood is hitting his three-point attempts at a torrid pace, and it can be said that he needs to shoot even more. He had nine field goal attempts against NC Central (all three-pointers), and you would like to see him in the double-digits in field goal attempts. His efficiency numbers are hurt by him not providing much in other areas right now.

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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