Efficiency Ratings: Notre Dame

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.


Cody Martin: +17
Kyle Washington: +16
Caleb Martin: +15
Trevor Lacey: +14
BeeJay Anya: +12
Ralston Turner: +8
Abdul-Malik Abu: +5
Cat Barber: +3
Lennard Freeman: 0
Dez Lee: 0

OBSERVATIONS: It's not surprising that Cody Martin was the Pack's most efficient player (per this metric) because he stuffed the stat sheet. He finished with 10 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals in 27 minutes of action. Martin brings it on both ends. He missed all three of his 3-point attempts but was 4-of-5 inside the arc.

Kyle Washington had 12 points and six rebounds and hit 6-of-8 field goals. Washington probably needed more touches against an undersized Notre Dame frontline.

Like his brother, Caleb Martin performed well in a variety of areas. He totaled 12 points and had four rebounds, two assists, and a steal. He was also 4-of-8 from the field and hit 2-of-6 3-pointers.

Trevor Lacey had a game-high seven assists while starting at point guard and led the team with 13 points while grabbing six boards. However, he also had five turnovers and hit just 4-of-13 shots from the field.

BeeJay Anya's efficiency was tied to his field goals (4-of-4) and blocks. The big man does need to do more on the glass, as he grabbed just two rebounds in 20 minutes.

Like Lacey, Ralston Turner (4-of-10) and Cat Barber (2-of-8) struggled from the field.

Desmond Lee played just two minutes.


Cumulative Season ratings for the Wolfpack through 21 games. (Efficiency/game)

Trevor Lacey: +322 (16.1)
Ralston Turner: +231 (11.0)
Cat Barber: +204 (10.2)
Kyle Washington: +201 (9.6)
BeeJay Anya: +187 (8.9)
Abdul-Malik Abu: +135 (6.5)
Lennard Freeman: +133 (6.3)
Caleb Martin: +121 (5.8)
Cody Martin: +73 (5.6)
Dez Lee: +44 (2.8)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Cody Martin: 5.6 per game efficiency -- .47 efficiency per minute
BeeJay Anya: 8.9 per game efficiency -- .46 efficiency per minute
Kyle Washington: 9.6 per game efficiency -- .46 efficiency per minute
Trevor Lacey: 16.1 per game efficiency -- .45 efficiency per minute
Abdul-Malik Abu: 6.5 per game efficiency -- .39 efficiency per minute
Lennard Freeman: 6.3 per game efficiency -- .37 efficiency per minute
Ralston Turner: 11.0 per game efficiency -- .35 efficiency per minute
Dez Lee: 2.8 per game efficiency -- .35 efficiency per minute
Cat Barber: 10.2 per game efficiency -- .34 efficiency per minute
Caleb Martin: 5.8 per game efficiency -- .32 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Cody Martin's efficiency is picking up the more he plays, and that's the trend a head coach likes to see. He leads the team in efficiency per minute and it's due to his ability to impact in multiple categories. He's a willing passer, strong rebounder, good defender, and efficient shooter.

Trevor Lacey's numbers have dipped as his minutes have gone up. He's struggled shooting the ball recently, but his assists are up and he's a really good rebounder for a combo guard.

Kyle Washington (scoring) and BeeJay Anya (blocks/field goal percentage) are also up near the top in efficiency per minute, and Abdul-Malik Abu is rising, like Cody Martin.

Cat Barber and Ralston Turner are lower than expected because their minutes per game is pulling down their efficiency per minute. Cat has struggled from the line (relative to his free throw attempts) and Turner is mainly contributing as a scorer.

NOTE: All players haven't played the full 21 games. Trevor Lacey and Cat Barber have played 20, Desmond Lee 16, and Cody Martin 13.

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