Efficiency Ratings: Mississippi 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 race between Malik Cooke and Damontre Harris for the top spot is coming down to the wire, check out to see which Gamecock holds the slight edge as the team's most efficient player.

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 26
-Anthony Gill 12
-Bruce Ellington 11
-Malik Cooke 6
-R.J. Slawson 5
-Brenton Williams 3
-Damien Leonard 3
-Lakeem Jackson 1
-Carlton Geathers 0
-Eric Smith 0
-Brian Richardson -3
Team Rating: 64

Notes: One game after Damontre Harris had his worst game of the season (efficiently speaking), he came out and produced his second-best performance of the year (the third best of any Gamecock this season). The rating of 26 moved him back to the overall leader spot for the season - over Malik Cooke - with one game left in the regular season. ... Cooke, the lone senior, had just a rating of six on senior night. ... The starters had a rating of 58 (out of the team's rating of 64). ... The team shot 38.1 percent from inside the arch and 41.7 percent from 3. ... The Gamecocks had as many assists (12) as turnovers. ... R.J. Slawson needs is one-point away from becoming the fourth Gamecock of the season to reach the 200-point mark in efficiency. ... All 11 scholarship players played.

Last Game's Ratings
-Malik Cooke 17
-Brenton Williams 10
-Anthony Gill 7
-Bruce Ellington 6
-R.J. Slawson 5
-Damien Leonard 4
Carlton Geathers 4
-Eric Smith 2
-Lakeem Jackson -1
-Damontre Harris -1
-Brian Richardson -2
Team Rating: 51

Overall (average per game)
-Damontre Harris 363 (12.5)
-Malik Cooke 352 (12.1)
-Anthony Gill 250 (8.6)
-R.J. Slawson 199 (6.9)
-Bruce Ellington****** 154 (6.7)
-Lakeem Jackson 145 (5.0)
-Brenton Williams******* 87 (4.0)
-Eric Smith 85*** (3.3)
-Carlton Geathers*** 62 (2.4) -Damien Leonard 65 (2.2)
-Brian Richardson****** 31 (1.3)

*-Denotes amount of games missed.

Top 5 individual performances: 1. Damontre Harris 28 (vs. Florida - 2/2)
2. Malik Cooke 27 (vs. USC Upstate - 12/31)
3. Damontre Harris 26 (vs. Mississippi State - 2/29)
4. Malik Cooke 25 (vs. Providence - 12/1) T5. 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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