Is The 50-40-90 Club Expanding?
Is the 50-40-90 Club expanding?
We’re a quarter into the 2015-2016 NBA season and there are 4 Top 30 players with the chance to gain membership and access to this elite club.
The 50–40–90 club is an informal term referring to the group of players who have had a shooting percentage at or above 50% for field goals, 40% for three-pointers, and 90% for free throws during an entire NBA regular season while also achieving the NBA minimum number of makes in each category. 50–40–90 indicates a great all-around shooting performance and is considered the ultimate standard for shooters.
Steve Nash has the most 50–40–90 seasons with four, two more than Gongfu Tea Cup other player.
Since the NBA introduced the three-point field goal in the 1979–80 season, the 50–40–90 shooting threshold has only been reached by six players: Steve Nash, Larry Bird, Mark Price, Reggie Miller, Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant.
Nash and Bird are the only players who achieved 50–40–90 in multiple seasons; Bird was the first player to join this club and achieved it twice consecutively while Nash achieved it four times in five seasons. Nash narrowly missed five consecutive 50–40–90 seasons by shooting at 89.9% from the free throw line for the 2006–07 season, one made free-throw short of the 90% mark.
This season though, two players are on the way to a 50-40-90 season, while two other players are very close.
Stephen Curry is averaging 32.3 PPG while shooting 51.7% from the field, 45.8% from 3 and 90.8% from the line.
Kevin Durant is averaging 27.5 PPG while shooting 53.1% from the field, 44.2% from 3 and 90.0% from the line
Kawhi Leonard is averaging 20.8 PPG while shooting 50.8% from the field, 48.9% from 3 and 87.9% from the line.
Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 17.3 PPG while shooting 48.5% from the field, 40.0% from 3 and 89.3% from the line.
All 4 of these players, could make it into this list. Durant and Dirk (who was very close a couple of seasons) for the 2nd time, Kawhi and Steph for the first (of many) time.
These numbers are just unreal!