Efficiency Ratings: Providence

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. South Carolina's leading scorer returned to the court, one Gamecock had the high-rating of the season and the team had one of its most efficient nights, check it out to see how it all broke down.

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.



Thursday's Game:
-Malik Cooke 25
-Eric Smith 14
-R.J. Slawson 12
-Anthony Gill 8
-Lakeem Jackson 8
-Carlton Geathers 5
-Damontre Harris 2
-Brian Richardson -1
-Bruce Ellington -1
-Damien Leonard -4
Team Rating: 68

Notes: Malik Cooke had the highest rated game of the season (25), and the team had the second highest rating of the season (68). ... Cooke and Eric Smith combined for 6 of 13 from 3. The rest of the team went 0 of 17. ... In South Carolina's last five games, the opposition has shot at least 41% from 3, with three teams shooting 50 percent or better, including Providence going 6 of 11 (54.5 percent). ... R.J. Slawson had a solid overall effort with a rating of 12, despite going 2 of 8 from the field. ... The team had its best output from the free-throw line going 9 of 10. ... One game after Damontre Harris led the team in rebounds and points to record the fourth highest rating of the season, he's held scoreless and grabs just two rebounds. .... South Carolina's returning leading scorer in Bruce Ellington returned to the floor for the first time this season scoring six points, but only mustered up a rating of -1.

Last Game's Ratings:
-Damontre Harris 19
-Anthony Gill 12
-R.J. Slawson 11
-Malik Cooke 9
-Brian Richardson 8
-Lakeem Jackson 7
-Eric Smith 2
-Carlton Geathers 0
-Damien Leonard -7
Team Rating: 61

Overall (average per game)
-Malik Cooke 98 (14)
-Anthony Gill 76 (10.9)
-R.J. Slawson 73 (10.2)
-Damontre Harris 59 (8.4)
-Eric Smith 53 (7.6)
-Lakeem Jackson 52 (7.4)
-Brenton Williams**** 14 (4.7)
-Carlton Geathers 24 (3.4)
-Brian Richardson 11 (1.6)
-Damien Leonard 3 (.4)
-Bruce Ellington****** -1 (-1)

*-Denotes amount of games missed.

Top 5 individual performances:
1. Malik Cooke 25 (vs. Providence - 12/1)
T2. Malik Cooke 23 (vs. Mississippi Valley St. - 11/22)
R.J. Slawson 23 (vs. North Carolina - 11/25)
4. Lakeem Jackson 21 (vs. Western Carolina - 11/11)
5. Damontre Harris 19 (vs. Southern Cal - 11/26)

Top 3 team performances:
1. 93 (vs. Western Carolina - 11/11)
2. 68 (vs. Providence - 12/1)
3. 66 (vs. Mississippi Valley St. - 11/22)

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