Efficiency Ratings: Clemson

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. So what better way than to do it by seeing how efficiently the Gamecocks beat rival Clemson on Sunday? The team held on for a 64-60 win, and one veteran on the team produced the second-most productive night of the season. Can't guess who? Step inside and see.

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.

Sunday's Game:
-Lakeem Jackson (12)
-Malik Cooke (13)
-Brian Richardson (11)
-Stephen Spinella (-2)
-Sam Muldrow (21)
-Bruce Ellington (6)
-Johndre Jefferson (7)
-Damontre Harris (4)
-Ramon Galloway (-3)

Notes: Sam Muldrow had a really productive game. How productive? The second-most productive night by a player this season. Muldrow only took six shots, but he made his free throws (4 of 4) and didn't turn the ball over a ton. I must admit, I was not expecting a rating that high from anyone with no one scoring more than 14 points. ... Despite not attempting a shot in 12 mins, Damontre Harris was still able to accumulate a positive rating of four. ... Lakeem Jackson fell one point shy of hitting the century mark in terms of total efficiency points for the season. ... Brian Richarson overtook Bruce Ellington as No. 3 overall for the season, and Sam Muldrow also passed Ellington, moving Bruce to No. 5 overall. ... Ramon Galloway put up one of the most efficient games of the season two games ago, but tonight, he posted the worst rating all season. His inconsistent play has probably shown through the most in this rating system. Galloway's up and down play can be masked by point production, but this is a better way to see the bigger picture. It's a young team, so I expect to see this a lot as they go through the trials and tribulations of establishing an identity. ... This is the first game that Eric Smith and R.J. Slawson didn't receive playing time (therefor, this game will not reflect in their averages), and Stephen Spinella only played six minutes.

Overall Rating (Through 7 Games):

-Lakeem Jackson (99) - 14.15 avg.
-Malik Cooke (83) - 11.86
-Brian Richardson (67) - 9.57
-Sam Muldrow (66) - 9.43
-Bruce Ellington (64) - 9.14
-Johndre Jefferson (55) - 7.86
-Ramon Galloway (44) - 6.29
-Damontre Harris (43) - 6.14
-R.J. Slawson (37) - 6.17
-Stephen Spinella (35) - 5
-Eric Smith (3) - .5

Top 5 Performances of the Season:

1. Lakeem Jackson (Nov. 12 vs. Elon) 27
2. Sam Muldrow (Dec. 5 vs. Clemson) 21
3. Lakeem Jackson (Dec. 1 vs. Delaware St.) 20
4. Lakeem Jackson (Nov. 23 vs. USC-Upstate) 19
4. Bruce Ellington (Nov. 27 vs. Western Kentucky) 19

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