NBA Power Rankings: Pau Gasol and the 20 Most Efficient Players of 2010-11

The NBA has countless statistics in the form of key indicators that measure a player’s performance, the most obvious ones being PPG, RPG and APG.  Yet, there are many others, so how do coaches measure a player’s efficiency using all these performance indicators? 

They use the Player Efficiency Formula as shown below, courtesy of

[(Points + Rebounds + Assists + Steals + Blocks) - (Field Goals Att. - Field Goals Made) + (Free Throws Att. - Free Throws Made) + Turnovers)]

So the guy who scores the most points is not necessarily the team’s most efficient player.  Carmelo Anthony (as the No. 1 option of the Denver Nuggets) has exhibited enormous fluctuations, where some games he is very efficient and others where he’s not. 

For the 20 most efficient players in the NBA’s 2010-11 season thus far, the most important quantifiers are versatility and consistency by producing across the board.  What's truly amazing is that these numbers are measured in marginal amounts (fractions) and the guy at the top separates himself form second place by more than two points.

Without further ado, here are the 20 most efficient players in the NBA.

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