Efficiency Ratings

Here is a look at how efficient NC State's players have been this season. Wolfpack sophomore T.J. Warren 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 through the first 11 games of the season.


Cumulative Season ratings for the Wolfpack through 11 games. (Efficiency/game)
T.J. Warren: +262 (23.8)
Jordan Vandenberg: +113 (16.1)
Cat Barber: +128 (11.6)
Lennard Freeman: +114 (10.4)
Ralston Turner: +106 (9.6)
Desmond Lee: +96 (8.7)
Kyle Washington: +67 (6.1)
Tyler Lewis: +61 (5.6)
BeeJay Anya: +39 (4.9)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played
T.J. Warren: 23.8 per game efficiency -- .69 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 16.1 per game efficiency -- .67 efficiency per minute
BeeJay Anya: 4.9 per game efficiency -- .41 efficiency per minute
Ralston Turner: 9.6 per game efficiency -- .41 efficiency per minute
Cat Barber: 11.6 per game efficiency -- .40 efficiency per minute
Lennard Freeman: 10.4 per game efficiency -- .40 efficiency per minute
Kyle Washington: 6.1 per game efficiency -- .39 efficiency per minute
Desmond Lee: 8.7 per game efficiency -- .32 efficiency per minute
Tyler Lewis: 5.6 per game efficiency -- .29 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: As most would probably expect, T.J. Warren has been NC State's most efficient player. Warren's number is inflated because of his ability to produce points, rebound, and create steals. He also shoots at a very high percentage, so when you factor that in, it's easy to see why he's likely one of the most efficient players in the ACC.

What may be surprising is that senior Jordan Vandenberg has been the Pack's second-most efficient player. Why? Well, he really doesn't have any real weaknesses when using this metric. Vandenberg, who has played in seven games, is aided by his 21 blocks, but he also has seven assists and just two turnovers, a terrific ratio for a 7-foot-1 center. He's also missed just two free throws and nine shot attempts. Vandenberg's efficiency-per-minute is nearly better than Warren's, mainly because he has been so productive playing just 24 minutes a night (compared to 34.3 for Warren).

Next on the list is freshman point guard Cat Barber. Like Warren and Vandenberg, Barber is shooting a high percentage (49%) and has lowered his turnovers recently. He'd have a better number if he produced more steals (.5) and rebounds (2.5).

Tough freshman Lennard Freeman comes in at four for the Wolfpack with a 10.6 rating. Why is Freeman so high? He rebounds He has 79 rebounds in 11 games and has also chipped in 12 assists, six steals, and six blocks. His number would be better if he shot better at the free throw line (he's his just 8-of-25 attempts).

Another Pack player who has been efficient is junior Ralston Turner. He contributes in all categories and would be even better with improve shooting at the free throw line.

Two players struggling in this metric are Desmond Lee and Tyler Lewis. Both of them are at the bottom when you factor in minutes played. Lee is impacted by playing the third-most minutes per game (27.6) and he's been a volume shooter who hasn't shot a good percentage (42.4%) and he is one of just a couple players on the team with a negative assist/turnover ratio. Lewis, who has seen his minutes drop recently, would be one of the Pack's most-efficient players if he shot better from the field. Lewis is shooting just 31%, but his assist/turnover ratio of 3.8/1 is superb.

Finally, it's worth noting that on a per-minute basis freshman BeeJay Anya has been the third-most (tied with Turner) efficient player on the team behind Warren and Vandenberg. Anya who already has 16 blocks, is making the most out of his 11.9 minutes per game.

NOTES: Players must average at least 10 minutes per game to be included in the ratings. .

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