Efficiency Ratings: Delaware State

As the team dredges through the season, we plan to track its efficiency game by game to give the fans a more in-depth look at production. On Wednesday night, a familiar name topped the charts with the second-most productive night of the season in a 74-61 win over Delaware State. In fact, he further distanced himself as the most efficient player of the season. Step inside and see how it shaped out.

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.

For reference, according to the Scout.com Duke site, last year LeBron James posted the two most efficient games of the season with a +54 (37 points on 11-of-17 FG & 9-10 FT, 12 rebounds, 11 assist, 2 steals, 1 block, and 2 turnovers) and +50 (40 points on 16-of-23 FG & 6-6 FT, 8 rebounds, 8 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, and 2 turnovers) rating.

Saturday's Game:

-Lakeem Jackson (20)
-Malik Cooke (12)
-Brian Richardson (10)
-Stephen Spinella (7)
-Sam Muldrow (3)
-Bruce Ellington (8)
-R.J. Slawson (6)
-Johndre Jefferson (10)
-Damontre Harris (4)
-Ramon Galloway (7)
-Eric Smith (-1)

Notes: It's no surprise that Lakeem Jackson's production is marginally better than everyone else considering how much he stuffs the stat sheet, but even though he had a game of just 12 points and eight rebounds, Jackson posted the second-most efficient night of the season with a rating of 20. Jackson also is tied for the third most-efficient night as well, and there's only been six games. ... R.J. Slawson only played three minutes, but he managed to rack up a rating of six. To put that into perspective, if he played the amount of minutes that Brian Richardson played, at that pace, he would've had a rating of 60. Obviously, that wouldn't be the case, but that just tells you how productive his minutes were. ... The minutes, once again, were spread out, but with the Gamecocks' next game being against Clemson, don't expect to see as balanced of numbers as you have seen so far this season.

Overall Rating (Through 6 Games):

-Lakeem Jackson (87) - 14.5 avg.
-Malik Cooke (70) - 11.67
-Bruce Ellington (58) - 9.67
-Brian Richardson (56) - 9.33
-Sam Muldrow (45) - 7.5
-Ramon Galloway (47) - 7.83
-Johndre Jefferson (48) - 8
-Damontre Harris (39) - 6.5
-R.J. Slawson (37) - 6.17
-Stephen Spinella (37) - 6.17
-Eric Smith (3) - .5

Top 5 Performances of the Season:

1. Lakeem Jackson (Nov. 12 vs. Elon) 27
2. Lakeem Jackson (Dec. 1 vs. Delaware St.) 20
3. Lakeem Jackson (Nov. 23 vs. USC-Upstate) 19
3. Bruce Ellington (Nov. 27 vs. Western Kentucky) 19
5. Stephen Spinella (Nov. 19 vs. Radford) - 17
5. Ramon Galloway (Nov. 27 vs. Western Kentucky) 17

It's worth a note that once lineups begin to shape out and the schedules start to strengthen that minutes will pickup for certain players. Production will then increase severely for those players, and you won't see a balance of production like there has been.

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