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 through the first seven games of the season.

Game Efficiency: Boston University

Guard Torin Dorn was the Wolfpack's most efficient player in the 77-73 win over Boston University.

Torin Dorn: +25
Terry Henderson: +22
Ted Kapita: +12
Markell Johnson: +9
Dennis Smith: +7
Abdul-Malik Abu: +5
Darius Hicks: +1
BeeJay Anya: +1

OBSERVATIONS: NC State was paced by wings Torin Dorn and Terry Henderson, who both had very good games for the Wolfpack.

Dorn led the team with 11 rebounds and totaled 22 points, recording his second double-double of the season.  He also chipped in two blocks and an assist while hitting 6-of-14 shots from the field and 9-of-11 free throws.  Henderson was the team's highest scorer (23 points) on 8-of-14 shooting.

After the two wings, there was a notable dropoff to Ted Kapita.  The freshman forward played just 17 minutes but managed to total six points, five rebounds, and an assist before fouling out.  Three-of-three from the field, Kapita is now shooting 76.2% from the field.

Markell Johnson contributed in a variety of areas, (5 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists) but continued his struggles from the field and free throw line.

Like Johnson, starting point guard Dennis Smith couldn't get going from the field (4-of-12) and uncharacteristically had issues at the line (6-of-10).  He still totaled 15 points, three assists, two rebounds, a block, and an assist in 37 minutes.

Finally, Abdul-Malik Abu is in a funk and it continued against Boston University.  The Pack's starting power forward scored just five points on 2-of-7 shooting from the field.  While he did grab six rebounds he also shared the team lead with three turnovers.

Season Efficiency Ratings

Cumulative season ratings for the Wolfpack through eight games. (Efficiency/game)

Torin Dorn: +167 (20.9)
Maverick Rowan: +19 (19.0)
Dennis Smith:+131 (16.4)
Abdul-Malik Abu: +126 (15.8)
Terry Henderson: +119 (14.9)
Ted Kapita: +51 (12.8)
Markell Johnson: +60 (7.5)
BeeJay Anya: +34 (4.3)
Darius Hicks: +9 (1.1)

Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played

Ted Kapita: 12.8 per game efficiency -- .66 efficiency per minute
Torin Dorn: 20.9 per game efficiency -- .59 efficiency per minute
Abdul-Malik Abu: 15.8 per game efficiency -- .56 efficiency per minute
Maverick Rowan: 19.0 per game efficiency -- .50 efficiency per minute
Dennis Smith: 16.4 per game efficiency -- .46 efficiency per minute
Terry Henderson: 14.9 per game efficiency -- .42 efficiency per minute
BeeJay Anya: 4.3 per game efficiency -- .33 efficiency per minute
Markell Johnson: 7.5 per game efficiency -- .30 efficiency per minute
Darius Hicks: 1.1 per game efficiency -- .11 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 (10) and steals/blocks (6/2) numbers.  Dorn is shooting an absurd 61% from the field and 53.8% from 3-point range. He has an effective shooting percentage of 68.5%, second-best on the team, and he's hitting 48.1% of his 2-point jumpers, which are all 2-point shots that aren't dunks/layups. 

His efficiency shooting has been superb, and factor in the small ball lineup has led to him averaging seven rebounds per game, you see why he measures out so well.

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 (77%), effective field goal percentage (76.2%), field goal percentage (76.2%) and field goal percentage at the rim (86.7%).  He's also shooting 80% from the free throw line in limited opportunities.  Add in that he's grabbing 4.8 boards in 19.3 minutes per game and it's easy to see why he leads the team in efficiency per minute (.66 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 and that he's playing 35.4 minutes per game.  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 39% of his shots from the field and is 30% from the free throw line (3-of-10).  Johnson does pace the Wolfpack with 12 steals and is second in assists.  What's crazy about Johnson has been his shotblocking.  He's now second on the team behind Abdul-Malik Abu with eight blocks.  Overall, he's contributing in a variety of areas but just needs to be more efficient as a shooter.

We've added Darius Hicks in now that he's averaging over 10 minutes per game. The freshman from Mississippi has rebounded fairly well, but he's hit just 1-of-11 free throws and hasn't made a shot from the field yet this season (0-3 FG).

NOTES: Players must average at least 10 minutes per game to be included in the ratings so Shaun Kirk (6.0 mpg) isn't listed.


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