Efficiency Ratings: SC State

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. The team went over a rating of 100 for the first time, check out to see which players contributed to the most efficient night of the season.

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.



Tuesday's Game:
-R.J. Slawson 22
-Lakeem Jackson 17
-Malik Cooke 16
-Anthony Gill 12
-Damontre Harris 10
-Damien Leonard 9
-Eric Smith 8
-Bruce Ellington 8
-Brenton Williams 6
-Carlton Geathers 4
-Brian Richardson -2
-Shane Phillips** -4
Team Rating: 106

Notes: The team posted it's highest efficiency mark of the season (106), eclipsing the century mark for the first time since we started doing the efficiency rating last season. ... R.J. Slawson almost equaled his career high in efficiency with a mark of 22 to lead the Gamecocks on a season benchmark. ... South Carolina had a season-high 17 assists. The team averages 10.9 a game. ... Bruce Ellington returned to the team after playing with the football team in the Capital One Bowl the day before. Ellington went 3 of 5 from 3, but 0 of 2 from inside the arch. ... Malik Cooke became the first player to top 200 on the season for efficiency.

Last Game's Ratings:
-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

Overall (average per game)
-Malik Cooke 207 (14.8)
-Damontre Harris 145 (10.4)
-Anthony Gill 144 (10.3)
-R.J. Slawson 129 (9.2)
-Lakeem Jackson 112 (8)
-Bruce Ellington******* 41 (5.9)
-Eric Smith 72 (5.1)
-Carlton Geathers 43 (3.1)
-Brenton Williams****** 22 (2.8)
-Damien Leonard 36 (2.6)
-Brian Richardson 27 (1.9)

*-Denotes amount of games missed.
**-Must appear in at least five games.

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. 106 (vs. South Carolina State - 1/3
2. 93 (vs. Western Carolina - 11/11)
3. 79 (vs. Presbyterian - 12/13)

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