Efficiency Ratings: USC Upstate

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. One player's career night transferred into the most efficient outing of the season. Check to see who it was and how efficient his day turned out to be.

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:
-Malik Cooke 27
-R.J. Slawson 17
-Damontre Harris 11
-Brian Richardson 7
-Brenton Williams 6
-Carlton Geathers 4
-Damien Leonard 3
-Anthony Gill 1
-Lakeem Jackson 1
-Eric Smith 0
Team Rating: 77

Notes: Malik Cooke's career-high 24 points was the catalyst for the most efficient outing by any player this season. ... Cooke's double-double (10 rebounds) also helped South Carolina produce the third-most efficent game of the season for the team. ... Damontre Harris surpassed Anthony Gill as the second most efficient Gamecock on the year. ... R.J. Slawson became the fourth Gamecock to eclipse the 100-point mark for the season in efficiency. ... This was just the second time that no Gamecock had a negative rating this season. The other time was against UNC. ... Bruce Ellington missed his seventh game of the season for his obligations to the football team.

Last Game's Ratings:
-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

Overall (average per game)
-Malik Cooke 191 ((14.9)
-Damontre Harris 135 (10.4)
-Anthony Gill 132 (10.2)
-R.J. Slawson 107 (8.2)
-Lakeem Jackson 95 (7.3)
-Bruce Ellington******* 33 (5.5)
-Eric Smith 64 (4.9)
-Carlton Geathers 39 (3)
-Brenton Williams****** 16 (2.3)
-Brian Richardson 29 (2.2)
-Damien Leonard 27 (2.1)

*-Denotes amount of games missed.

Top 5 individual performances:
1. Malik Cooke 27 (vs. USC Upstate - 12/31)
2. Malik Cooke 25 (vs. Providence - 12/1)
T3. 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)

Top 3 team performances:
1. 93 (vs. Western Carolina - 11/11)
2. 79 (vs. Presbyterian - 12/13)
3. 77 (vs. USC Upstate - 12/31)

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