50–40–90 club

The 50–40–90 club is an informal statistic used to rate players as excellent shooters in the National Basketball Association (NBA), NBA G League, and Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). It requires a player to achieve the criteria of 50% field goal percentage, 40% three-point field goal percentage and 90% free throw percentage over the course of a regular season, while meeting the minimum thresholds to qualify as a league leader in each category.[1][2]

Kyrie Irving, the most recent member of the club.

In NBA, WNBA, and NBA G League history, only 11 players have recorded a 50–40–90 season, with nine in the NBA and one each in the WNBA and the NBA G League. The most recent player to achieve a 50–40–90 season was Kyrie Irving in 2020–21.[3]

Larry Bird, the first player to accomplish the 50–40–90 achievement, and one of two players to achieve the feat in multiple seasons.

HistoryEdit

The 50–40–90 season has only been a possibility since the introduction of the three-point field goal in the 1979–80 NBA season.[1]

Steve Nash and Larry Bird are the only players who have had multiple 50–40–90 seasons. Bird recorded back-to-back 50–40–90 seasons in 1986 and 1987, while Nash recorded four such seasons between 2005 and 2010.[4] Nash narrowly missed a fifth consecutive 50–40–90 season by shooting at 89.9% from the free throw line during the 2006–07 season, one made free throw short of the 90% mark.[5]

Quinn Cook became the first NBA G League player to record a 50–40–90 season in 2018.[6]

Elena Delle Donne became the first WNBA player to record a 50–40–90 season in 2019.[1]

List and calculationsEdit

NBAEdit

Similar to baseball batting averages, official NBA shooting statistics are calculated to the third decimal place (thousandths), but are referred to as percentages. While the NBA officially uses a three-digit number, it reports shooting statistics in a shortened and rounded form as a percentage, so that .899 to the third decimal place is simplified as a two digit "90%" in most of its reporting.[7] Thus, a true 50–40–90 season requires a player to achieve or exceed 50.0 percent field goal efficiency, 40.0 percent three-point field goal efficiency and 90.0 percent free-throw shooting efficiency. As of 2021, the NBA requires a player to make at least 300 field goals, 82 three-pointers, and 125 free throws to be a leader in the respective category. For shortened seasons, stats are prorated to an 82 game season.[8]

Player Season GP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% PTS PPG Ref.
Larry Bird 1986–87 74 786 1,497 53% (.525) 90 225 40% (.400) 414 455 91% (.910) 2,076 28.1 [9]
Larry Bird (2) 1987–88 76 881 1,672 53% (.527) 98 237 41% (.414) 415 453 92% (.916) 2,275 29.9 [9]
Mark Price 1988–89 75 529 1,006 53% (.526) 93 211 44% (.441) 263 292 90% (.901) 1,414 18.9 [10]
Reggie Miller 1993–94 79 524 1,042 50% (.503) 123 292 42% (.421) 403 444 91% (.908) 1,574 19.9 [11]
Steve Nash 2005–06 79 541 1,056 51% (.512) 150 342 44% (.439) 257 279 92% (.921) 1,489 18.8 [5]
Dirk Nowitzki 2006–07 78 673 1,341 50% (.502) 72 173 42% (.416) 498 551 90% (.904) 1,916 24.6 [12]
Steve Nash (2) 2007–08 81 485 962 50% (.504) 179 381 47% (.470) 222 245 91% (.906) 1,371 16.9 [5]
Steve Nash (3) 2008–09 74 428 851 50% (.503) 108 246 44% (.439) 196 210 93% (.933) 1,160 15.7 [5]
Steve Nash (4) 2009–10 81 499 985 51% (.507) 124 291 43% (.426) 211 225 94% (.938) 1,333 16.5 [5]
Kevin Durant 2012–13 81 731 1,433 51% (.510) 139 334 42% (.416) 679 750 91% (.905) 2,280 28.1 [13]
Stephen Curry 2015–16 79 805 1,598 50% (.504) 402 886 45% (.454) 363 400 91% (.908) 2,375 30.1 [14]
Malcolm Brogdon 2018–19 64 378 748 51% (.505) 104 244 43% (.426) 141 152 93% (.928) 1,001 15.6 [15]
Kyrie Irving 2020–21 54 549 1,086 51% (.506) 152 378 40% (.402) 201 218 92% (.922) 1,451 26.9 [16]

NBA G LeagueEdit

Player Season GP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% PTS PPG Ref.
Quinn Cook 2017–18 29 269 513 52% (.524) 83 190 44% (.437) 114 120 95% (.950) 735 25.3 [6]

WNBAEdit

Player Season GP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% PTS PPG Ref.
Elena Delle Donne 2019 31 220 427 52% (.515) 52 121 43% (.430) 114 117 97% (.974) 606 19.5 [17]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Allen, Scott (September 10, 2019). "'Insane numbers: NBA stars welcome Elena Delle Donne to 50-40-90 club". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  3. ^ Nacion, Chicco (May 16, 2021). "Kyrie becomes 9th NBA player to join 50-40-90 club". theScore. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  4. ^ Matange, Yash (May 16, 2021). "Kyrie Irving joins NBA's all-time 50-40-90 club to cap-off career year as Nets seal East's second seed". Sporting News. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
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  6. ^ a b "Warriors' Quinn Cook becomes first G League player to join 50-40-90 club". SFGate. Archived from the original on 2018-04-04. Retrieved December 16, 2021.
  7. ^ Cohen, Richard M., and Neft, David S.: The Sports Encyclopedia: Pro Basketball Edition, St. Martin's Press, 1990.
  8. ^ "Rate Statistic Requirements". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 8, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Larry Bird Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  10. ^ "Mark Price Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  11. ^ "Reggie Miller Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  12. ^ "Dirk Nowitzki Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  13. ^ "Kevin Durant Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  14. ^ "Stephen Curry Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  15. ^ "Malcolm Brogdon Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  16. ^ "Kyrie Irving Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  17. ^ "Elena Delle Donne WNBA Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 9, 2019.