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.

GAME EFFICIENCY: Wake Forest

Cat Barber: +28
Trevor Lacey: +16
Lennard Freeman: +13
Caleb Martin: +10
BeeJay Anya: +7
Ralston Turner: +6
Kyle Washington: +1
Dez Lee: +1
Abdul-Malik Abu: 0
Cody Martin: -2

OBSERVATIONS: Cat Barber was terrific statistically for the second game in a row, as he paced the Wolfpack offense. The sophomore point guard scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the field. He hit 4-of-8 3-pointers and also recorded four assists, four rebounds, and two steals in 39 minutes.

Trevor Lacey did what he consistently does. He scored points (19) and he is also contributed in other areas (three rebounds and three assists). Lacey only took 13 shots... he may need to be more aggressive as a scorer moving forward.

Lennard Freeman had a good game, aided by his eight rebounds. He hit both of his field goals and also added an assist and a steal.

Caleb Martin came off the bench to total a career-high eight rebounds in 17 minutes. He finished with six points (2-of-6 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs).

Cody Martin's -2 was due to his 1-of-5 shooting from the field and his inability to produce in other categories. He played just ten minutes.

SEASON EFFICIENCY RATINGS

Cumulative Season ratings for the Wolfpack through 24 games. (Efficiency/game)

Trevor Lacey: +379 (16.5)
Cat Barber: +265 (11.5)
Ralston Turner: +248(10.3)
Kyle Washington: +216 (9.0)
BeeJay Anya: +193 (8.0)
Abdul-Malik Abu: +160 (6.7)
Lennard Freeman: +154 (6.4)
Caleb Martin: +134 (5.6)
Cody Martin: +75 (4.7)
Dez Lee: +49 (2.6)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played
Trevor Lacey: 16.5 per game efficiency -- .46 efficiency per minute
BeeJay Anya: 8.0 per game efficiency -- .44 efficiency per minute
Kyle Washington: 9.0 per game efficiency -- .43 efficiency per minute
Cody Martin: 4.7 per game efficiency -- .40 efficiency per minute
Abdul-Malik Abu: 6.7 per game efficiency -- .39 efficiency per minute
Cat Barber: 11.5 per game efficiency -- .38 efficiency per minute
Ralston Turner: 10.3 per game efficiency -- .33 efficiency per minute
Lennard Freeman: 6.4 per game efficiency -- .36 efficiency per minute
Dez Lee: 2.6 per game efficiency -- .33 efficiency per minute
Caleb Martin: 5.6 per game efficiency -- .32 efficiency per minute

OBSERVATIONS: Lacey continues to be the Pack's most efficient player. He remains a strong rebounder for a guard, can create for others, and has been a solid scorer. Moving forward, he needs to be even more aggressive offensively.

Cat Barber's efficiency continues to skyrocket. He was in a major slump prior to the two previous games, but he's been on fire. Barber has averaged 25.5 points, 5.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and two steals over his last two games while shooting 62.5% from the field and 8-of-13 from 3-point range. He's also played 84 of 85 possible minutes.

"I think he's doing everything well," Gottfried said of Barber. "He's playing without turning the ball over, he's getting more assists, he's making three's... the list is endless. Defensively he's been very good."

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 while on the court.

Ralston Turner's efficiency has dipped in recent games because his production is tied to his shooting and he's struggled hitting shots. He's shooting just 28.6% from the field over the previous five games, and Gottfried hinted that Turner is playing hurt.

"He has had some issues with his knee a little bit, it has been swollen a lot," said Gottfried. "I have actually held him out of practice for about five or six days. I think, No. 1, we have got to get him healthy. He has got to be able to be healthy and have some bounce, jump and quickness.

"It is also hard to be an effective player when you don't practice much, so there is a fine line. We definitely need Ralston to have fresh legs and, hopefully, no issues with his knee, and we will see how he plays."

NOTE: All players haven't played the full 24 games. Trevor Lacey and Cat Barber have played 23, Desmond Lee 19, and Cody Martin 16.


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