Efficiency Ratings: UNC Greensboro

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. Sophomore forward T.J. Warren was productive for the Wolfpack in the 68-64 win over UNC Greensboro.

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 UNC Greensboro.


NC State led by double-digits early in the second half but saw their lead evaporate before making a few plays late to seal the 68-64 win over UNC Greensboro.

T.J. Warren: +20
Desmond Lee: +14
Cat Barber: +12
Lennard Freeman: +6
Jordan Vandenberg: +4
Kyle Washington: +3
Tyler Lewis: 0
BeeJay Anya: 0
Ralston Turner: -1

OBSERVATIONS: This game wasn't the norm for the Wolfpack in terms of efficiency.

As expected, T.J. Warren led the way, mainly due to his 24 points and nine rebounds. He did miss nine shots and also three free throws.

Desmond Lee probably had the most efficient game, scoring 15 points on just 5-of-9 shooting from the field. He also added three assists and four rebounds.

Cat Barber's number would be a lot higher if he had sot the ball better. He had six assists and three turnovers, but was 4-of-14 from the field and 9-of-13 from the free throw line.

The same can be said for Lennard Freeman, who grabbed eight rebounds and scored six points but missed all five of his free throw attempts.

Pack reserves Tyler Lewis, BeeJay Anya, and Ralston Turner played minimal minutes.

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

T.J. Warren: +309 (23.8)
Jordan Vandenberg: +122 (13.6)
Cat Barber: +142 (10.9)
Lennard Freeman: +122 (9.4)
Desmond Lee: +122 (9.4)
Ralston Turner: +114 (8.8)
Kyle Washington: +83 (6.4)
Tyler Lewis: +60 (4.6)
BeeJay Anya: +42 (4.2)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played
T.J. Warren: 23.8 per game efficiency -- .69 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 13.6 per game efficiency -- .56 efficiency per minute
BeeJay Anya: 4.2 per game efficiency -- .40 efficiency per minute
Ralston Turner: 8.8 per game efficiency -- .39 efficiency per minute
Cat Barber: 10.9 per game efficiency -- .38 efficiency per minute
Lennard Freeman: 9.4 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
Kyle Washington: 6.4 per game efficiency -- .39 efficiency per minute
Desmond Lee: 9.4 per game efficiency -- .34 efficiency per minute
Tyler Lewis: 4.6 per game efficiency -- .25 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: The season numbers speak for themselves, taking into consideration that all players outside of Jordan Vandenberg (9) and BeeJay Anya (10) played in 13 games.

Anya's efficiency is based largely around his ability to block shots and finish a the rim, the same being said for Vandenberg, who is shooting 75.6% from the field.

Barber's numbers would be higher but have taken a hit recently due to poor shooting from the field and the line, but he has tallied 20 assists in the last three games.

Tyler Lewis appears to be in a funk right now, as he is receiving minimal minutes. His last made field goal came on December 14th against Detroit, when he went 1-of-5. Over the previous four games he is 0-of-7 from the field. Lewis still boasts an impressive 3.4-to-1 assist/turnover ratio.

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