Efficiency Ratings: Alabama

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 dropped an ugly game to Alabama on Wednesday. With the team doubling their assists in the turnover category, efficiency wasn't on its side. Checkout who were bright spots in the Gamecocks' first SEC lost.

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.

Notes: Though some players got off to a hot start and are beginning to cool down, as the season goes on, Eric Smith continues to improve and show he belongs on the court. He plays limited minutes, but if the efficiency rating incorporated minutes, he'd probably be ranking near the top in some of the last couple of games. To put it into perspective, he has 22 assists in 124 minutes, and the team's assist leader (Bruce Ellington) has 55 assists in 464 minutes. ... The team has struggled with turnovers (19 turnovers to eight assist on Wednesday). But Smith only has 12 turnovers on the season. ... Minutes are starting to assert themselves as the competition stiffens. For the second straight game Johndre Jefferson didn't play, and Stephen Spinella's minutes continue to drop as he didn't enter the game.

Wednesday's Game:

-Malik Cooke 16
-Lakeem Jackson 7
-Sam Muldrow 7
-Eric Smith 7
-Ramon Galloway 2
-R.J. Slawson 1
-Damontre Harris -2
-Bruce Ellington -2
-Brian Richardson -3

Overall Rating (Through 15 Games):

-Lakeem Jackson (195) - 13 avg.
-Sam Muldrow (187) - 12.9
-Malik Cooke (185) - 12.33
-Bruce Ellington (150) - 10
-Damontre Harris* (89) - 6.4
-Brian Richardson (81) - 5.4
-Johndre Jefferson* (75) - 5.7
-Ramon Galloway (67) - 4.5
-R.J. Slawson* (48) - 3.4
-Stephen Spinella** (33) - 2.4
-Eric Smith** (28) - 2.2

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 (Jan. 8 vs. Vanderbilt) 25
5. Sam Muldrow (Dec. 5 vs. Clemson) 21
5. Bruce Ellington (Dec. 22 vs. Furman) 21
5. Lakeem Jackson (Jan. 4 vs. South Carolina St.) 21
5. Sam Muldrow (Jan. 8 vs. Vanderbilt) 21

*Denotes how many games a players has missed.

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