Efficiency Ratings: Kentucky

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 took a tough home loss to Kentucky on Saturday, but one player rose to the occasion and posted the best rating of the season. Step inside to see just how good he was statistically speaking.

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 30
-Damontre Harris 7
-Bruce Ellington 6
-Ramon Galloway 5
-Eric Smith 3
-Malik Cooke 1
-R.J. Slawson 0
-Brian Richardson -1
-Lakeem Jackson -2

Notes: Sam Muldrow tied his own mark for the best efficiency outing of the season at mark of 30. ... Unfortunately for the Gamecocks, the other three guys that average a double-digit rating didn't even have a combined total of a double-digit rating - the trio combined for a rating of a whopping five. ... In fact, the rest of a team combined for a rating of 19, compared to Muldrow's 30. ... All four of Damontre Harris' rebounds (four) were offensive. ... This is the first loss of the season where a player posted a rating of 22 or higher.

Overall Rating (Through 18 Games):

-Sam Muldrow (263) - 14.6 avg.
-Malik Cooke (218) - 12.1
-Lakeem Jackson (209) - 11.6
-Bruce Ellington (182) - 10.1
-Damontre Harris* (113) - 6.6
-Ramon Galloway (95) - 5.3
-Brian Richardson (86) - 4.8
-Johndre Jefferson**** (75) - 5.7
-R.J. Slawson* (51) - 3
-Stephen Spinella**** (33) - 2.4
-Eric Smith** (27) - 1.7

Top 5 Performances of the Season:

1. Sam Muldrow (Jan. 4 vs. South Carolina St.) 30
1. Sam Muldrow (Jan. 22 vs. Kentucky) 30
3. Sam Muldrow (Dec. 11 vs. Wofford) 29
4. Lakeem Jackson (Nov. 12 vs. Elon) 27
5. Sam Muldrow (Jan. 19 vs. Arkansas) 26

*Denotes how many games a players has missed.

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