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. Though South Carolina fell short against Vandy, one Gamecock took over the season lead for efficiency. Check it out to see who it was.

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.



Wednesday's Game:
-Damontre Harris 16
-Bruce Ellington 13
-Malik Cooke 6
-Brenton Williams 2
-Anthony Gill 2
-Lakeem Jackson 2
Carlton Geathers 2
-R.J. Slawson 0
-Eric Smith 0
-Damien Leonard 0
Team Rating: 43

Notes: Damontre Harris took over Malik Cooke's spot as the overall season leader in efficiency with a team-high rating of 16 - improving his average to 12.5. ... Harris and Bruce Ellington combined for a rating of 29. The rest of the team graded out with a rating of 14. ... South Carolina's rating of 43 was the second-lowest rating of the season. ... Four Gamecocks finished with ratings of two, and three players finished with ratings of zero. ... South Carolina was 4-of-4 from the free-throw line, while Vanderbilt finished 25-of-28. ... Brian Richardson was the lone Gamecock not to play.

Last Game's Ratings
-Damontre Harris 13
-Anthony Gill 12
-Malik Cooke 10
-Bruce Ellington 7
-Brenton Williams 6
-R.J. Slawson 4
-Lakeem Jackson 3
-Eric Smith 3
-Damien Leonard 1
Team Rating: 59

Overall (average per game)
-Damontre Harris 338 (12.5)
-Malik Cooke 329 (12.2)
-Anthony Gill 231 (8.6)
-R.J. Slawson 189 (7)
-Bruce Ellington****** 137 (6.5)
-Lakeem Jackson 145 (5.4)
-Brenton Williams******* 74 (3.7)
-Eric Smith 83*** (3.5)
-Carlton Geathers*** 58 (2.4)
-Damien Leonard 58 (2.1)
-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)

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