Efficiency Ratings: Wofford

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 was able to knock off Wofford despite its top two efficient players struggling. Check it out to see how it was done.

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.



Wednesday's Game:
-Damontre Harris 18
-Bruce Ellington 17
-R.J. Slawson 10
-Damien Leonard 9
-Anthony Gill 7
-Lakeem Jackson 7
-Carlton Geathers 2
-Brian Richardson 0
-Malik Cooke -1
-Eric Smith -4
Team Rating: 65

Notes: Damontre Harris doesn't score much, but he's effective and efficient. He led the Gamecocks with a rating of 18. ... Bruce Ellington made a huge swing in his rating as he was +20 in efficiency from last game. ... South Carolina was able to pick up the win despite its two leaders in efficiency totaling a rating of 6. ... Malik Cooke's average fell from 15 to 13.7 on the season after his worst performance thus far. ... South Carolina shot 11 of 20 from 3 (55 percent) and 9 of 25 from (36 percent) from inside the arch. ... The team was able to put together 14 assists, but it also had 13 turnovers.

Last Game's Ratings: -Malik Cooke 18
-Anthony Gill 14
-Lakeem Jackson 11
-Damontre Harris 9
-Eric Smith 6
-Carlton Geathers 5
-Damien Leonard 5
-Brenton Williams 0
-Brian Richardson 0
-R.J. Slawson -1
-Bruce Ellington -3
Team Rating: 64

Overall (average per game)
-Malik Cooke 164 ((13.7)
-Anthony Gill 131 (10.9)
-Damontre Harris 124 (10.3)
-Lakeem Jackson 94 (7.8)
-R.J. Slawson 90 (7.5)
-Bruce Ellington****** 33 (5.5)
-Eric Smith 64 (5.3)
-Carlton Geathers 35 (2.9)
-Damien Leonard 24 (2)
-Brian Richardson 22 (1.8)
-Brenton Williams****** 10 (1.7)

*-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) Malik Cooke 23 (vs. Ohio State - 12/17)
5. Lakeem Jackson 21 (vs. Western Carolina - 11/11)

Top 3 team performances:
1. 93 (vs. Western Carolina - 11/11)
2. 79 (vs. Presbyterian - 12/13)
3. 68 (vs. Providence - 12/1)

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