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 through the first seven games of the season.
Season Efficiency Ratings
Cumulative season ratings for the Wolfpack through seven games. (Efficiency/game)
Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played
Torin Dorn: 20.3 per game efficiency -- .58 efficiency per minute
Maverick Rowan: 19.0 per game efficiency -- .50 efficiency per minute
Dennis Smith: 17.7 per game efficiency -- .50 efficiency per minute
Abdul-Malik Abu: 17.3 per game efficiency -- .60 efficiency per minute
Terry Henderson: 13.9 per game efficiency -- .39 efficiency per minute
Ted Kapita: 13.0 per game efficiency -- .65 efficiency per minute
Markell Johnson: 7.3 per game efficiency -- .29 efficiency per minute
BeeJay Anya: 4.7 per game efficiency -- .33 efficiency per minute
OBSERVATIONS: It's no surprise that Torin Dorn has been NC State's most efficient players and has probably been one of the most efficient in the league. He measures out so well because of his blistering shooting percentages, which outweigh his low assists (9) and steals/blocks (6/0) numbers. Dorn is shooting an absurd 64% from the field and 56.5% from 3-point range. He has an effective shooting percentage of 72.7%, tops on the team, and he's hitting 56.5% of his 2-point jumpers, which are all 2-point shots that aren't dunks/layups.
His effiency shooting has been superb, and factor in the small ball lineup has led to him averaging over six rebounds per game, you see why he measures out so well.
Dennis Smith has fared well also because he's contributing in all categories. Smith leads NC State in scoring and assists, is second in steals, and third in rebounding. He also leads the Wolfpack in free throw shooting (87.2%), while pacing the team in attempts and makes. However, Smith is shooting just 42% from the field and 27.6% from 3-point range. If he can improve on his shooting from the field, Smith will become that much more efficient.
Abdul-Malik Abu leads the Wolfpack on a per minute basis (.60), mainly because he's averaging nearly 10 less minutes per game than Dorn or Smith. It's obvious that he worked on his game in the offseason. He's shooting 78.4% from the free throw line (29-of-37) after hitting 63% of his free throws last year. The biggest improvement is shown in his mid-range game. Last year Abu hit just 28.1% of his 2-point jumpers (defined as all 2-point shots not layups, dunks or tip-ins). This year he's hitting 47.6% of those shots, which is better than all of State's wings outside of Dorn.
Those percentages have made him much more efficient as a scorer but his numbers can improve if his rebounding picks back up (down to just 7.9 rebounds per game) and he lowers his turnovers (he leads the team with 20 turnovers).
Maverick Rowan played just one game but scored 17 points and grabbed nine boards in that outing, finishing with a +19 rating. Rowan will continue to post high rebounding number if State continues to play small when he returns and he should get plenty of clean looks from the perimeter because of the attention others around him will receive.
Ted Kapita has been a pleasant surprise with his efficiency. The talented freshman leads the team (among qualified players) in true shooting percentage (73.6%), field goal percentage (72.2%) and field goal percentage at the rim (84.6%). He's also shooting 80% from the free throw line in limited opportunities. He's also grabbing 4.7 boards in 20 minutes per game and paces the Pack in efficiency per minute (.65 per minute).
Terry Henderson's numbers are lower because he's not rebounding. He's averaging just 2.9 rebounds per game, a low number given how much small-ball State has played. State needs him to pick it up on the glass.
Markell Johnson's overall efficiency is low due to his shooting. He's hitting just 40.5% of his shots from the field and is 16.7% from the free throw line (1-of-6). Johnson does pace the Wolfpack with 11 steals and is second in assists... he's also added six blocks, which is third-best on the team behind Abu and BeeJay Anya. Overall, he's contributing in a variety of areas but just needs to be more efficient as a shooter.
As for Anya, well he's not excelling in any certain area. His rebounding (2.4 rpg) and blocks (1.1 bpg) are down from last season, as is his field goal percentage (50%). If he doesn't pick it up, expect his minutes to continue to dwindle.