Efficiency Ratings: LSU

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 picked up a much-needed conference win Wednesday night over LSU on the road. However, Bruce Ellington's game-high 20 points would not be enough for to be the most efficient player, check in to see who was.

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:

-Malik Cooke 14
-Ramon Galloway 11
-Sam Muldrow 10
-Lakeem Jackson 9
-Bruce Ellington 8
-Brian Richardson 7
-Damontre Harris 6
-Johndre Jefferson 1
-R.J. Slawson 0
-Eric Smith 0

Notes: Though the efficiency ratings aren't too amazing for the game, they are collectively solid. This is also one of the few games that no player had a negative rating. ... As a team, South Carolina shot pretty well, especially from the free throw line where it went 14 of 17. ... Though Bruce Ellington had a game-high 20 points, and scored eight points more than the next highest Gamecock, he had 15 points subtracted from his rating because of turnovers and missed shots. That took his rating from the highest, to the fifth highest for the game. ... It was reported that Stephen Spinella did not play because of illness. ... This is the first time in four games that Sam Muldrow did not post a rating of 20 or more.

Overall Rating (Through 20 Games):

-Sam Muldrow (273) - 13.7 avg.
-Malik Cooke (241) - 12.1
-Lakeem Jackson* (218) - 11.5
-Bruce Ellington (193) - 9.7
-Damontre Harris* (124) - 6.5
-Ramon Galloway (120) - 6
-Brian Richardson (94) - 4.7
-Johndre Jefferson**** (81) - 5.1
-R.J. Slawson* (54) - 2.8
-Stephen Spinella***** (32) - 2.1
-Eric Smith** (28) - 1.6

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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