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.


Trevor Lacey: +21
Abdul-Malik Abu: +17
Ralston Turner: +8
Lennard Freeman: +5
Dez Lee: +3
Cody Martin: +2
Cat Barber: +2
Kyle Washington: +1
Caleb Martin: -1
BeeJay Anya: -2

OBSERVATIONS: NC State received strong games from Trevor Lacey and Abdul-Malik Abu, and that's about it.

Lacey, as he normally does, produced points (17), rebounds (5), and assists (5) while hitting 50% of his shots. With the rest of the team struggling from the field, Turner probably should have attempted more than 10 shots, but he played a lot on the ball as well.

Abu totaled 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. He could have been better around the rim (6-of-14 FG), but he also chipped in a block and steal. Abu also had three turnovers.

Ralston Turner scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field. He also had four rebounds. His block and steal were negated by two turnovers.

Freeman had a +5 mainly due to his six rebounds, and for the rest, it wasn't pretty. Caleb Martin and BeeJay Anya even posted negative numbers with Martin's measure being impacted by his 1-of-7 shooting from the field and Anya hurt by his two turnovers (he only played six minutes).


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

Trevor Lacey: +343 (16.3)
Ralston Turner: +239 (10.9)
Cat Barber: +206 (9.8)
Kyle Washington: +202 (9.2)
BeeJay Anya: +185 (8.4)
Abdul-Malik Abu: +152 (6.9)
Lennard Freeman: +138 (6.3)
Caleb Martin: +120 (5.5)
Cody Martin: +75 (5.4)
Dez Lee: +47 (2.8)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played
Trevor Lacey: 16.3 per game efficiency -- .46 efficiency per minute
BeeJay Anya: 8.4 per game efficiency -- .45 efficiency per minute
Kyle Washington: 9.2 per game efficiency -- .45 efficiency per minute
Cody Martin: 5.4 per game efficiency -- .44 efficiency per minute
Abdul-Malik Abu: 6.9 per game efficiency -- .41 efficiency per minute
Lennard Freeman: 6.3 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
Ralston Turner: 10.9 per game efficiency -- .35 efficiency per minute
Dez Lee: 2.8 per game efficiency -- .34 efficiency per minute
Cat Barber: 9.8 per game efficiency -- .33 efficiency per minute
Caleb Martin: 5.5 per game efficiency -- .31 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Lacey's solid game now has him as the team's most efficient player when it comes to total and efficiency per minute. He's a above-average scorer, a really good rebounder for a guard, and he's now picked up the assists while playing point guard.

Cody Martin slid from 1st to 4th in efficiency per minute. His number will continue to fluctuate as his minutes increase (he was high partly due to his limited playing time).

Abdul-Malik Abu made a nice jump... he's really coming on as a scorer and rebounder.

BeeJay Anya's numbers would increase if he was a better rebounder.

Caleb Martin is low because he plays a good amount of minutes but has struggled as a shooter... he's hitting just 39% of his shots.

Lennard Freeman's rebounding is above-average, but he's struggled with his scoring. He's hitting just 37.1% of his shots as a low-post player... that's really poor.

NOTE: All players haven't played the full 22 games. Trevor Lacey and Cat Barber have played 21, Desmond Lee 17, and Cody Martin 14.

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