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: Tennessee State
Center BeeJay Anya was NC State's most efficient player in the 67-55 win over Tennessee State.
BeeJay Anya: +24
Terry Henderson: +20
Dennis Smith: +14
Torin Dorn: +9
Abdul-Malik Abu: +5
Maverick Rowan: +2
Ted Kapita: -2
Markell Johnson: -2
OBSERVATIONS: BeeJay Anya had the best game of the season, possibly of his career, as he finished with 12 points, 14 rebounds, and seven blocks. Given his low field goal attempts, it's obvious why he was so efficient; although he did make just 6-of-11 free throws.
Terry Henderson's team-high 21 points was big, as was his five rebounds. Dennis Smith would have been more efficient if he shot the ball better... he hit just 7-of-19 field goals and uncharacteristically 4-of-9 free throws. He still managed to score 19 points with a team-high six assists and four steals.
Torin Dorn had his first poor shooting night, hitting just 4-of-12 shots which impacted his efficiency. He did gra eight rebounds.
Ted Kapita and Markell Johnson posted negative efficiency numbers because of high turnovers and poor shooting... combining to go 0-of-5 from the field with five turnovers.
Season Efficiency Ratings
Cumulative season ratings for the Wolfpack through nine games. (Efficiency/game)
Torin Dorn: +175 (19.4)
Dennis Smith:+145 (16.1)
Terry Henderson: +139 (15.4)
Abdul-Malik Abu: +128 (14.2)
Maverick Rowan: +21 (10.5)
Ted Kapita: +49 (9.8)
Markell Johnson: +58 (6.4)
BeeJay Anya: +58 (6.4)
Darius Hicks: +9 (1.1)
Efficiency Ratings Per Minutes Played
Ted Kapita: 9.8 per game efficiency -- .56 efficiency per minute
Torin Dorn: 19.4 per game efficiency -- .54 efficiency per minute
Abdul-Malik Abu: 14.2 per game efficiency -- .52 efficiency per minute
Dennis Smith: 16.1 per game efficiency -- .45 efficiency per minute
Terry Henderson: 15.4 per game efficiency -- .43 efficiency per minute
Maverick Rowan: 10.5 per game efficiency -- .42 efficiency per minute
BeeJay Anya: 6.4 per game efficiency -- .41 efficiency per minute
Markell Johnson: 6.4 per game efficiency -- .26 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 terrific shooting percentages and high-level rebounding (7.1 rpg), which outweigh his low assists and steals/blocks numbers. Dorn is shooting an absurd 57% from the field and 48% from 3-point range.
His efficiency shooting has been superb, and factor in the small ball lineup has led to his high rebounding rate, and you see why he measures out so well.
Ted Kapita has been a pleasant surprise with his efficiency. The talented freshman has struggled a bit recently, but he still leads the team in efficiency per minute (.56 per minute).
Terry Henderson's numbers are lower because he's not rebounding. He's averaging just 3.1 rebounds per game, a low number given how much small-ball State has played and that he's playing 35.9 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 36% of his shots from the field and is 42% from the free throw line. Johnson is second on the team in steals and assists. What's crazy about Johnson has been his shotblocking. He's now second on the team behind Abdul-Malik Abu with seven blocks. Overall, he's contributing in a variety of areas but just needs to be more efficient as a shooter.
BeeJay Any's big game boosted his overall efficiency numbers, and he'll always be better on a per-minute basis given his fluctuating minutes.
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.