Efficiency Ratings: SC 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. South Carolina destroyed South Carolina State Tuesday night, and a couple of Gamecocks destroyed the efficiency ratings with some breakout performances, including the best rating of the year. Step inside to see who moved atop the rankings.

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.

Tuesday's Game:

-Sam Muldrow 30
-Lakeem Jackson 21
-Damontre Harris 19
-Bruce Ellington 15
-Brian Richardson 13
-Malik Cooke 11
-Eric Smith 8
-Stephen Spinella 3
-R.J. Slawson 3
-Johndre Jefferson 1
-Ramon Galloway -7

Notes: Sam Muldrow put up the most efficient night of the year (30), and Lakeem Jackson tied the fourth-most efficient night (21). ... Jackson hit his second 3 of the season. ... Muldrow has played well against inferior teams, the challenge will be to stay efficient through conference play. ... Muldrow took back over second place in the overall lead for the season. ... Eric Smith hasn't got many minutes this season, but he showed how efficient (and why he leads the team in assist to turnover ratio) in his 19 minutes of play he can be. He also put up a season-high rating (8). Five players registered double-digit ratings, and four Gamecocks scored double-digit points ... Ramon Galloway's night (-7) by far was the worst yet.

Overall Rating (Through 13 Games):

-Lakeem Jackson (173) - 13.3 avg.
-Sam Muldrow (162) - 12.5
-Malik Cooke (148) - 11.4
-Bruce Ellington (117) - 10.2
-Brian Richardson (86) - 6.6
-Damontre Harris* (83) - 6.9
-Johndre Jefferson (75) - 5.7
-Ramon Galloway (57) - 4.4
-R.J. Slawson* (46) - 3.8
-Stephen Spinella (34) - 2.6
-Eric Smith* (17) - 1.5


Top 5 Performances of the Season:

1. Sam Muldrow (Jan. 4 vs. South Carolina St.) 30
2. Sam Muldrow (Dec. 11 vs. Wofford) 29
3. Lakeem Jackson (Nov. 12 vs. Elon) 27
4. Sam Muldrow (Dec. 5 vs. Clemson) 21
4. Bruce Ellington (Dec. 22 vs. Furman) 21
4. Lakeem Jackson (Jan. 4 vs. South Carolina St.) 21

*Has not played in all games

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