Efficiency Ratings: KWC

It's officially back (sort of). As the team goes through the season, we'll track its efficiency game by game to give the fans a more in-depth look at production. So why not fire up the system for the team's lone exhibition game. A newcomer to the system led the way through the first game, check it out to see who he is.

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, two seasons ago 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:

-Anthony Gill 16
-Malik Cooke 12
-Brenton Williams 11
-Lakeem Jackson 7
-R.J. Slawson 7
-Damien Leonard 5
-Brian Richardson 2
-Eric Smith 2
-Carlton Geathers 2
-Damontre Harris 0

Notes: Anthony Gill had a strong debut as he barely missed a beat (or a shot). He paced the Gamecocks in the first action of the season. ... Lakeem Jackson got a good amount of minutes at point guard and dished out six assists; however, he also had six turnovers. ... The team only had 14 assists though, but yet, turned the ball over 20 times. ... New comer Brenton Williams (11) and senior Malik Cooke (12) were the other two players with double-digit ratings. Cooke did his damage on the boards and scored well, and Williams made the best of his opportunities (going perfect from the line and knocking down two 3s). ... Sophomore slump? The four true sophomores combined for an efficiency rating of 9. ... Damontre Harris played the most minutes (27) of anyone on the team and had the lowest efficiency rating at 0, despite having half the team's blocks at five. ... The team shot exceptionally well from 3 (10-19, 52.6%), but they were dreadful from inside the arc (13-35, 37.1%).

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