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.


Cat Barber: +31
Trevor Lacey: +20
Kyle Washington: +13
Abdul-Malik Abu: +8
Caleb Martin: +4
Ralston Turner: +3
Lennard Freeman: +3
Cody Martin: +2
Dez Lee: +1
BeeJay Anya: +1

OBSERVATIONS: Great game for Cat Barber, who had arguably the most efficient game for a Wolfpack player this season. He finished with 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field. He also tallied seven assists, three rebounds, two steals, and just one turnover.

Trevor Lacey's all-around game was on display. He didn't shoot it very well (8-17), but he grabbed a team-high six rebounds, had four assists, and also a steal to go along with his 19 points.

Like Lacey, Kyle Washington could have shot the ball better (5-of-12), but he did hit all four of his free throws and grabbed five rebounds. He also played 35 minutes, a season-high for the Wolfpack sophomore.

Abdul-Malik Abu's line could have been better if he didn't battle foul trouble. He had just seven points but totaled a career-high three assists. Abu also had five rebounds, a block, and a steal in 22 minutes.

Ralston Turner was just 2-of-11 from the field and even missed two free throws (5-of-7). He finished with 11 points, three assists, and one rebound in 31 minutes.


Cumulative Season ratings for the Wolfpack through 23 games. (Efficiency/game)

Trevor Lacey: +363 (16.5)
Cat Barber: +237 (10.8)
Ralston Turner: +242 (10.5)
Kyle Washington: +215 (9.3)
BeeJay Anya: +186 (8.1)
Abdul-Malik Abu: +160 (7.0)
Lennard Freeman: +141 (6.1)
Caleb Martin: +124 (5.4)
Cody Martin: +77 (5.1)
Dez Lee: +48 (2.7)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played
Trevor Lacey: 16.5 per game efficiency -- .46 efficiency per minute
BeeJay Anya: 8.1 per game efficiency -- .44 efficiency per minute
Kyle Washington: 9.3 per game efficiency -- .44 efficiency per minute
Cody Martin: 5.1 per game efficiency -- .43 efficiency per minute
Abdul-Malik Abu: 7.0 per game efficiency -- .41 efficiency per minute
Cat Barber: 10.8 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
Ralston Turner: 10.5 per game efficiency -- .34 efficiency per minute
Lennard Freeman: 6.1 per game efficiency -- .34 efficiency per minute
Dez Lee: 2.7 per game efficiency -- .33 efficiency per minute
Caleb Martin: 5.4 per game efficiency -- .31 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Lacey continues to be the Pack's most efficient player. His shooting percentage has dipped, but his assists are up, and he is one of the top rebounding guards in the ACC.

Cat Barber's efficiency skyrocketed after this game. He's now second overall in efficiency per game and is middle of the Pack in efficiency per minute. He played 45 minutes against Georgia Tech, which is why he didn't rise so much in efficiency per minute.

BeeJay Anya and Cody Martin are both higher in efficiency per minute than efficiency per game, and that's understandable. Both players don't log a lot of minutes but fair well in various categories when on the floor.

Kyle Washington and Abdul-Malik Abu have separated themselves in the frontcourt. They are starting to string together consistent outings and are now logging the majority of the minutes. The team's top two offensive threats up front, look for Mark Gottfried to try and keep one of the two on the floor as much as possible.

NOTE: All players haven't played the full 23 games. Trevor Lacey and Cat Barber have played 22, Desmond Lee 18, and Cody Martin 15.

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