Efficiency Ratings

We plan to track NC State's game-by-game efficiency to give the fans a more in-depth look at player production. Here is a look at the efficiency ratings after the season opener against Miami (OH).

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 opener against Miami (OH).

GAME EFFICIENCY: MIAMI (OH)

Richard Howell: +31
C.J. Leslie: +23
Lorenzo Brown: +20
Rodney Purvis: +12
T.J. Warren: +6
Scott Wood: +10
Tyler Lewis: +10
Thomas de Thaey: +11
Jordan Vandenberg: +4

OBSERVATIONS: Richard Howell was outstanding for the Wolfpack. The senior played just 26 minutes but still posted a double-double, totaling 16 points and 10 rebounds while hitting 6-of-7 shots from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. He also chipped in three assists, two blocks, and two steals with no turnovers.

C.J. Leslie was just as dynamic, finishing with 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a game-high three blocks in 27 minutes of action.

Lorenzo Brown stuffed the stat sheet like he always does, totaling 15 points (4-8 FG, 7-8 FT), seven assists, and six rebounds with a block and a steal, but he also had five turnovers. He'll need to limit those going forward, but Brown gives you so much in a variety of areas.

Scott Wood hit 3-of-6 shots and 2-of-5 3s to finish with 10 points, and he also had two rebounds and an assist.

Freshman Rodney Purvis, Tyler Lewis, and T.J. Warren all had their moments. Purvis led the Pack in scoring (16 points) and minutes played (29), and he knocked in 3-of-5 3-pointers. Lewis had six points and six assists in 15 minutes... he was very solid offensively. Warren, who was the Pack's sixth man, had eight points, three rebounds, and two assists in 24 minutes of action.

Thomas de Thaey provided a spark off the bench. De Thaey had 10 points and two rebounds in nine minutes, knocking in 4-of-6 shots and 2-of-4 3-pointers (plus a steal).

SEASON EFFICIENCY RATINGS
Cumulative Season ratings for the Wolfpack through the first game. (Efficiency/game)

Richard Howell: +31
C.J. Leslie: +23
Lorenzo Brown: +20
Rodney Purvis: +12
T.J. Warren: +6
Scott Wood: +10
Tyler Lewis: +10
Thomas de Thaey: +11
Jordan Vandenberg: +4

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played
Thomas de Thaey: 11.0 per game efficiency -- 1.22 efficiency per minute
Richard Howell: 31.0 per game efficiency -- 1.19 efficiency per minute
C.J. Leslie: 23.0 per game efficiency -- .85 efficiency per minute
Lorenzo Brown: 20.0 per game efficiency -- .77 efficiency per minute
Tyler Lewis: 10.0 per game efficiency -- .67 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 4.0 per game efficiency -- .44 efficiency per minute
Rodney Purvis: 12.0 per game efficiency -- .41 efficiency per minute
Scott Wood: 10.0 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
T.J. Warren: 6.0 per game efficiency -- .25 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Thomas de Thaey had the best rating relative to minutes played and it's because of his scoring. He had 10 points and 2 rebounds in just nine minutes and added a steal. He'll need to continue to be productive outside of scoring (rebounding/defending) to receive good minutes.

For three years, Richard Howell has been strong in terms of efficiency. Overall, 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... his rebounding rate on a per-minute basis is outstanding.

C.J. Leslie is very similar to Howell, especially when you consider his improved shot-selection over the past year. He's going to score and do it efficiently, but also rebound and he's now adding assists along with his blocks and steals. Because coach Gottfried has given Leslie more responsibility handling the basketball, he'll have to keep his turnovers under control.

Another player who will fare well is Lorenzo Brown... the key with Brown will be how well he shoots it from the field and limiting turnovers. He should rank among the ACC leaders in assists and steals, and as a 6'5 guard he is a very good rebounder. He must keep his turnovers down and shoot a solid percentage, which he has done thus far.

Like de Thaey, Tyler Lewis was productive in the opener. Lewis played just 15 minutes, but Lewis totaled six points, six assists, two rebounds, and just one turnover. Not bad for a freshman in his first game... he is a very, very good passer.

T.J. Warren, Scott Wood, and Rodney Purvis were at the bottom of the per-minute rankings because they didn't contribute in a variety of areas.

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.


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