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.
-Bruce Ellington 11
-R.J. Slawson 10
-Malik Cooke 10
-Damien Leonard 9
-Brenton Williams 8
-Lakeem Jackson 4
-Damontre Harris 3
-Eric Smith 0
-Carlton Geathers 0
-Brian Richardson 0
-Anthony Gill -5
Team Rating: 50
Notes: Despite missing 11 shots (and making only five), Bruce Ellington led the team in efficiency rating (11). ... R.J. Slawson got a rare start, and had a rating of 10. ... Malik Cooke is five rating points away from reaching the 300 mark for the season. At the current average, Damontre Harris is the only other Gamecock that will also cross 300 (in three games at his average). Anthony Gill is the only other player with an outside shot (he would need to average about 12.4 if the team's season were to end in the first round of the SEC tournament). ... Four Gamecocks had ratings of zero or lower. ... Outside of Brenton Williams' 11 points, the other players off the bench only totaled 3 points in 51 minutes.
Last Game's Ratings
-Damontre Harris 12
-Damien Leonard 8
-Anthony Gill 4
-Malik Cooke 4
-Lakeem Jackson 4
-Eric Smith 3
-Carlton Geathers 3
-R.J. Slawson 2
-Brenton Williams 1
-Brian Richardson 0
-Bruce Ellington -2
Team Rating: 39
Overall (average per game)
-Malik Cooke 295 (12.8)
-Damontre Harris 270 (11.7)
-Anthony Gill 205 (8.9)
-R.J. Slawson 174 (7.6)
-Lakeem Jackson 133 (5.8)
-Bruce Ellington****** 100 (5.9)
-Eric Smith 74*** (3.7)
-Brenton Williams******* 55 (3.4)
-Damien Leonard 58 (2.5)
-Carlton Geathers 56 (2.4)
-Brian Richardson 36** (1.7)
*-Denotes amount of games missed.
Top 5 individual performances:
1. Damontre Harris 28 (vs. Floria - 2/2)
2. Malik Cooke 27 (vs. USC Upstate - 12/31)
3. Malik Cooke 25 (vs. Providence - 12/1)
T4. 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)
Efficiency Ratings: Tennessee
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