((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 Notre Dame.
NC State led for much of the game and when Notre Dame made a run the Wolfpack answered in the 77-70 win over the Fighting Irish.
Jordan Vandenberg: +15
T.J. Warren: +11
Desmond Lee: +11
Cat Barber: +10
BeeJay Anya: +10
Ralston Turner: +10
Lennard Freeman: +10
Tyler Lewis: +4
Kyle Washington: +2
OBSERVATIONS: You can see the balance the team had in the Notre Dame win with seven players posting double-digit positive efficiency numbers.
Leading the way was center Jordan Vandenberg, who had a +15 rating after finishing with 11 rebounds, four points, two blocks, and a steal. His high number of boards was the major reason for his high efficiency.
T.J. Warren's number would be higher, and the same can be said for Desmond Lee and Cat Barber, had they all shot better from the field. The trio combined to shoot just 13-of-39 in the win.
BeeJay Anya's +10 came in just 13 minutes. His line: four points, four rebounds, two blocks, and one assist. Solid numbers from the freshman, who hit his only shot from the field and missed just one free throw.
Fellow freshman Lennard Freeman posted a similar line, totaling five points, five rebounds, two steals, and an assist in 21 minutes.
T.J. Warren: +339 (22.6)
Jordan Vandenberg: +149 (13.5)
Cat Barber: +162 (10.8)
Lennard Freeman: +141 (9.4)
Desmond Lee: +134 (8.9)
Ralston Turner: +129 (8.6)
Kyle Washington: +88(5.9)
BeeJay Anya: +60 (5.0)
Tyler Lewis: +62 (4.1)
Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played
T.J. Warren: 22.6 per game efficiency -- .65 efficiency per minute
Jordan Vandenberg: 13.5 per game efficiency -- .55 efficiency per minute
BeeJay Anya: 5.0 per game efficiency -- .47 efficiency per minute
Ralston Turner: 8.6 per game efficiency -- .39 efficiency per minute
Cat Barber: 10.8 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Lennard Freeman: 9.4 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Kyle Washington: 5.9 per game efficiency -- .35 efficiency per minute
Desmond Lee: 8.9 per game efficiency -- .32 efficiency per minute
Tyler Lewis: 4.1 per game efficiency -- .24 efficiency per minute
OBSERVATIONS: Interesting to see State's two big men, Jordan Vandenberg and BeeJay Anya, #2 and #3 on the list when minutes played are factored in. Both are highly efficient when on the floor, given their rebounding and blocks numbers plus their low turnover numbers and high field goal percentage.
T.J. Warren is tracking as one of the most efficient players in the country when you factor in that he's still shooting nearly 52% from the field despite his recent shooting woes. He's now averaging 23.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.6 blocks while shooting 51.8% from the field and 75% from the free throw line.
Cat Barber and Desmond Lee's numbers are once again being heavily impacted by their field goal percentage. They are shooting just 41.7% and 41.5% respectively from the field.
NOTE: The season efficiency numbers are based on 15 games for everyone but Jordan Vandenberg and BeeJay Anya. They've played 11 and 12 games respectively.