Efficiency Ratings: Ole Miss

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 fell just short at Ole Miss on Saturday. See how the team did in efficiency and figure out what was the difference in the game.

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 16
-Brenton Williams 14
-Anthony Gill 13
-Damontre Harris 12
-Carlton Geathers 5
-Lakeem Jackson 2
-R.J. Slawson 1
-Bruce Ellington 0
-Damien Leonard -2
Team Rating: 61

Notes: Four Gamecocks recorded double-digit ratings. ... Malik Cooke scored a game-high 17 points and had a team-high rating of 16. ... Damontre Harris had no negatives go toward his rating before fouling out in 16 mins. Carlton Geathers also recorded no negative stats in his 13 minutes. ... Despite leading the team in assists (five) and scoring nine points, Bruce Ellington's 12 misses and four turnovers helped to produce a rating of zero for him. ... Eric Smith and Brian Richardson didn't play for the second straight game. ... Ole Miss' Murphy Holloway (a former Gamecock) recorded a rating of 19.

Last Game's Ratings:
-Malik Cooke 18
-Damontre Harris 10
-R.J. Slawson 9
-Anthony Gill 7
-Bruce Ellington 6
-Carlton Geathers 3
-Lakeem Jackson 2
-Damien Leonard 0
-Brenton Williams -6
Team Rating: 49

Overall (average per game)
-Malik Cooke 272 (13.6)
-Damontre Harris 227 (11.4)
-Anthony Gill 191 (9.6)
-R.J. Slawson 162 (8.1)
-Bruce Ellington******* 86 (6.6)
-Lakeem Jackson 124 (6.2)
-Eric Smith 71** (3.9)
-Brenton Williams******** 42 (3.5)
-Carlton Geathers 53 (2.7)
-Damien Leonard 42 (2.1)
-Brian Richardson 34** (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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