Efficiency Ratings: Jacksonville State

Through the season, we plan to track its efficiency game by game to give the fans a more in-depth look at production. On the 11th game of the season, someone finally overtook Lakeem Jackson for the overall lead as a freshman made his first start of the season for the Gamecocks. Step inside and see how efficient the first-time leader and first-time starter stacked up against other performances.

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.

Wednesday's Game:

-Sam Muldrow 15
-Lakeem Jackson 8
-Bruce Ellington 8
-Damontre Harris 8
-Malik Cooke 8
-Ramon Galloway 8
-Eric Smith 5
-R.J. Slawson 2
-Johndre Jefferson 1
-Stephen Spinella -1
-Brian Richardson -3

Notes: After gradually gaining ground, Sam Muldrow overtook the overall lead and average for the team from Lakeem Jackson. ... Damontre Harris made his first start for the Gamecocks, starting over Malik Cooke at the four. Cooke and Harris both produced the same rating (eight). ... Five of the 11 Gamecocks that played registered a rating of eight. ... Bruce Ellington had a season low in field-goal attempts (six) and field-goal makes (two). ... Ellington became the fourth player on the team to break 100 efficiency points for the season.

Overall Rating (Through 11 Games):

-Sam Muldrow (135) - 12.3 avg.
-Lakeem Jackson (134) - 12.2
-Malik Cooke (119) - 10.8
-Bruce Ellington (100) - 9.1
-Brian Richardson (76) - 6.9
-Johndre Jefferson (69) - 6.3
-Damontre Harris* (60) - 6.0
-Ramon Galloway (51) - 5.1
-R.J. Slawson* (43) - 4.3
-Stephen Spinella (32) - 2.9
-Eric Smith* (9) - 1

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
3. Bruce Ellington (Dec. 22 vs. Furman) 21
5. Lakeem Jackson (Dec. 1 vs. Delaware St.) 20

*Has not played in all games

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