Efficiency Ratings

As the team progresses through the season, we plan to periodically track its efficiency game-by-game to give Wolfpack fans a more in-depth look at player production.

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

Notable Efficient Performances
Cat Barber vs. Jackson State (+31)
Trevor Lacey vs. Richmond (+29)
Ralston Turner vs. Tennessee (+27)
Ralston Turner vs. Richmond (+26)
Ralston Turner vs. Hofstra (+22)
BeeJay Anya vs. Jacksonville (+22) Trevor Lacey vs. Jackson State (+22)
Trevor Lacey vs. Boise State (+21)
Kyle Washington vs. Purdue (+21)

Notable Inefficient Performances*
Trevor Lacey vs. Cincinnati (-2)
Ralston Turner vs. Louisiana Tech (-1)
Kyle Washington vs. Pittsburgh (-1)
Kyle Washington vs. Hofstra (0)
Ralston Turner vs. South Florida (+1)
Cat Barber vs. Purdue (+2)
Cat Barber vs. Jacksonville (+3)

*- Players must play at least 10 minutes.


Cumulative Season ratings for the Wolfpack through 19 games. (Efficiency/game)

Trevor Lacey: +301 (16.7)
Ralston Turner: +217 (11.4)
Cat Barber: +192 (10.7)
Kyle Washington: +179 (9.4)
BeeJay Anya: +170 (8.9)
Lennard Freeman: +132 (6.9)
Abdul-Malik Abu: +111 (5.8)
Caleb Martin: +106 (5.6)
Cody Martin: +51 (4.6)
Dez Lee: +44 (2.9)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Trevor Lacey: 16.7 per game efficiency -- .47 efficiency per minute
BeeJay Anya: 8.9 per game efficiency -- .46 efficiency per minute
Cody Martin: 4.6 per game efficiency -- .46 efficiency per minute
Kyle Washington: 9.4 per game efficiency -- .45 efficiency per minute
Ralston Turner: 11.4 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Lennard Freeman: 6.9 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Abdul-Malik Abu: 5.8 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
Cat Barber: 10.7 per game efficiency -- .35 efficiency per minute
Dez Lee: 2.9 per game efficiency -- .35 efficiency per minute
Caleb Martin: 5.6 per game efficiency -- .31 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: As expected, Trevor Lacey has been the Pack's most efficient player, but what's probably most surprising is he has also done it on a per-minute basis, given just how much he plays (ranks among league leaders in minutes played).

Ralston Turner, as you can see, is impacted based on his minutes, but still is the #2 player in terms of overall efficiency. He's been a productive scorer who shoots well from three and is lights out at the free throw line.

BeeJay Anya (blocks) and Lennard Freeman (rebounds) are aided by being very good in certain categories, and Cat Barber's efficiency/per minute is low because his amount of play is factored in. What is also hurting Cat is his low FT% (69%) that includes a high number of attempts/misses. He has missed 30 free throws... in this system that is basically the same as 30 turnovers.

Caleb Martin has been the most inefficient player on a per-minute basis. Martin is shooting the lowest percentage from the field and isn't really contributing in other categories outside of points and rebounds.

His brother, Cody, has been the opposite, as he is tied for second in efficiency per minute. Cody is second on the team in field goal percentage (54% behind BeeJay Anya) and is one of three Pack players to average an assist or more per game. Cody's line is also higher because he's only averaging 9.9 minutes per game, although that number has been higher in recent games.

NOTE: All players haven't played the full 19 games. Trevor Lacey and Cat Barber have played 18, Desmond Lee 15, and Cody Martin 11.

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