Efficiency Ratings: Wofford

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. Sam Muldrow has come into his own these last two games, but where does his double-double rank in the top five performances of the season after South Carolina's 64-53 win on Saturday?

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:

-Sam Muldrow (29)
-Malik Cooke (13)
-Bruce Ellington (7)
-Lakeem Jackson (6)
-Brian Richardson (5)
-Ramon Galloway (5)
-Damontre Harris (5)
-R.J. Slawson (4)
-Johndre Jefferson (0)
-Eric Smith (0)
-Stephen Spinella (-2)

Notes: What does 14 points, 14 rebounds, three blocks, no missed free throws, no turnovers and only two missed shots equate to? Answer: Sam Muldrow being a beast - an efficient one at that is. ... Muldrow's stats were good enough to surpass Lakeem Jackson for the most efficient outing of the season. In fact, Muldrow has the first and third most efficient night's by any player in the last two games. ... While Malik Cooke continues to inch closer to Jackson's lead, Muldrow is just one point behind him for second place. ... Jackson eclipsed the 100-point mark in efficiency for the season.

Overall Rating (Through 8 Games):

-Lakeem Jackson (105) - 13.13 avg.
-Malik Cooke (96) - 12
-Sam Muldrow (95) - 11.88
-Brian Richardson (72) - 9
-Bruce Ellington (71) - 8.88
-Johndre Jefferson (55) - 6.88
-Ramon Galloway (49) - 6.13
-Damontre Harris (48) - 6
-R.J. Slawson (41) - 5.86
-Stephen Spinella (33) - 4.13
-Eric Smith (3) - .43

Top 5 Performances of the Season:

1. Sam Muldrow (Dec. 11 vs. Wofford) 29
2. Lakeem Jackson (Nov. 12 vs. Elon) 27
3. Sam Muldrow (Dec. 5 vs. Clemson) 21
4. Lakeem Jackson (Dec. 1 vs. Delaware St.) 20
5. Lakeem Jackson (Nov. 23 vs. USC-Upstate) 19
5. Bruce Ellington (Nov. 27 vs. Western Kentucky) 19

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