Efficiency Ratings: Vanderbilt

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. Despite the loss to Vanderbilt, one Gamecock recorded his first double-double of his career and another went for a season-high in points. Check to see who they were.

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:
-Bruce Ellington 19
-Damontre Harris 16
-Anthony Gill 7
-Malik Cooke 7
-Brian Richardson 5
-R.J. Slawson 3
-Carlton Geathers 2
-Lakeem Jackson -1
-Damien Leonard -3
-Eric Smith -4
Team Rating: 51

Notes: Bruce Ellington recorded a season high in points (20) and efficiency rating (19). ... Damontre Harris recorded his first double-double as a Gamecock with 11 points and 10 rebounds. ... Vanderbilt had more turnovers in the first half (11) than South Carolina had all game (9), but the Commodores had 19 assists to offset its 17 turnovers. South Carolina had only four assists. ... South Carolina shot 19 percent from the floor (0 of 8 from 3) in the first half, and Vanderbilt shot 53 percent (4 of 7 from 3), yet, the Commodores were only up 10. ... The team's rating of 51 was the lowest of the season.

Last Game's Ratings:
-Damontre Harris 16
-R.J. Slawson 11
-Anthony Gill 11
-Damien Leonard 11
-Malik Cooke 10
-Bruce Ellington 4
-Eric Smith 3
-Lakeem Jackson 2
-Carlton Geathers -1
-Brian Richardson -1
Team Rating: 66

Overall (average per game)
-Malik Cooke 224 (14)
-Damontre Harris 177 (11.1)
-Anthony Gill 162 (10.1)
-R.J. Slawson 143 (8.9)
-Lakeem Jackson 113 (7.1)
-Bruce Ellington******* 64 (7.1)
-Eric Smith 71 (4.4)
-Damien Leonard 44 (2.8)
-Carlton Geathers 44 (2.8)
-Brenton Williams******** 22 (2.8)
-Brian Richardson 31 (1.9)

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

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