Efficiency Ratings

Here is a look at how efficient NC State's players have been this season. Wolfpack junior Richard Howell has been the team's top player when using an efficiency rating to gauge performance.

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.

Here is a look at how NC State's players have fared this season.


Throughout the conference season we will track the various highs and lows using the formula.

Notable Efficient Performances
C.J. Williams vs. Wake Forest (+23)
Lorenzo Brown vs. Maryland (+23)
Richard Howell vs. Virginia (+22)
Scott Wood vs. Boston College (+22)
Scott Wood vs. Wake Forest (+22)
Lorenzo Brown vs. Wake Forest (+20)
DeShawn Painter vs. Miami (+20)
Scott Wood vs. Maryland (+19)
Scott Wood vs. Miami (+19)
C.J. Leslie vs. Georgia Tech (+18)

Notable Inefficient Performances
C.J. Williams vs. Miami (+5)
C.J. Williams vs. Maryland (+5)
C.J. Leslie vs. Wake Forest (+5)
Scott Wood vs. Georgia Tech (+4)
Richard Howell vs. North Carolina (+3)
DeShawn Painter vs. North Carolina (0)
Alex Johnson vs. Virginia (0)

*- Players must play at least 20 minutes.


Cumulative Season ratings for the Wolfpack through 24 games. (Efficiency/game)
Richard Howell: +390 (16.3)
Lorenzo Brown: +386 (16.1)
C.J. Leslie: +303 (14.4)
C.J. Williams: +325 (13.5)
Scott Wood: +298 (13.0)
DeShawn Painter: +195 (8.1)
Alex Johnson: +134 (5.6)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played
Richard Howell: 16.3 per game efficiency -- .61 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 14.4 per game efficiency -- .54 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 16.1 per game efficiency -- .49 efficiency per minute
C.J. Williams: 13.5 per game efficiency -- .43 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 13.0 per game efficiency -- .41 efficiency per minute
DeShawn Painter: 8.1 per game efficiency -- .40 efficiency per minute
Alex Johnson: 5.6 per game efficiency -- .29 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: As most would probably expect, Richard Howell continues to be NC State's most efficient player. He can fill every category. Howell has emerged as an elite rebounder, averaging 9.4 a game, and is shooting over 50% from the field (51.4%) and 70% from the free throw line (71.6%).

The field goal percentage and difference in turnovers have kept Howell above Lorenzo Brown, who is turning in an excellent season. While he has struggled some lately, he is still averaging 11.9 points, 6.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.8 steals. Brown is shooting 46% from the field and 76% from the line, but he is committing a team-high 3.2 turnovers. If he can bring that number down he will be even more effective because he has consistently been an elite assist man.

Through nine conference games he has had just one game where he totaled less than six assists in a contest, and that came against a Virginia team that limited possessions and fastbreak opportunities.

C.J. Leslie is the Pack's third-most efficient player. He ranks second on the team in scoring (13.0), rebounds (6.2), and steals (1.3), and he leads the team in blocks (1.8). Leslie is also shooting 50% from the field, but he is last among the regulars in free throw percentage (62.5%). Given he has attempted the most on the team, that is a major reason why he isn't higher on the efficiency board.

C.J. Williams has been extremely efficient all season. While he doesn't rebound as well as you would think (3.8 per game), he is averaging 12.1 points and has been rock-solid as a shooter. Williams, the Pack's starting shooting guard, leads the team in field goal shooting, as he is knocking down an astounding 53% of his shots and 81.4% from the free throw line.

Finally, Scott Wood leads the Wolfpack in scoring at 13.5 per game, but his efficiency number is lower due to his inability to impact statistically in other areas. However, he is shooting 47% from the field, 44% from 3-point range, and hasn't missed a free throw all season.

However, Wood has really stepped it up in conference play. He is averaging 15.1 points per game and leads the team in blocks in league play. Through nine games he has totaled 12 blocks after recording just four in nonconference play.

If improvement needs to be made it should be in the bench play as DeShawn Painter and Alex Johnson have struggled with consistency. Painter had big games at Miami and at Wake Forest, and Johnson has been solid off the bench as an assist man, but they've had issues. Neither is contributing much in the scoring column in recent games, and that has put additional pressure on the starters to produce even more.

In the last three games Johnson and Painter have combined to score just six points, with all six coming from Painter. Johnson is 0-11 from the field during that stretch... that's not good at all.

NOTES: Players must average at least 10 minutes per game to be included in the ratings. Jordan Vandenberg had been averaging 11.9 minutes a contest but he is sitting out this season.

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