The 50-40-90 club in the NBA is certainly a rare one.
For those unaware of how a player gets into the 50-40-90 club, it’s actually quite simple, on paper that is. To qualify, an NBA player must shoot 50% from the field, 40% from the three-point line, and 90% from the free-throw line. Since the NBA introduced the three-point line in 1979, only nine players have accomplished the feat and just two have done it twice or more.
It must be noted that to be considered part of the club, one must hit the statistical minimums in each category, meaning they must hit enough of each shot to be considered for the league-leading title. As of 2013, the NBA requires a player to make at least 300 field goals, 82 three-pointers, and 125 free throws.
Here’s a look at the eight members of the prestigious 50-40-90 club.
Larry Bird is one of just two players to hit the 50-40-90 mark twice.
He first did so in the 1986-1987 season, oddly enough the year after he won his third consecutive NBA MVP award. Bird shot 52.5% from the field, exactly 40% from the three-point line, and a league-leading 91% from the free-throw line.
Bird duplicated the feat the following season, upping all three totals. He shot 52.7% from the floor, 41.4% from beyond the arc, and 91.6% from the charity stripe.
Malcolm Brogdon made NBA history with the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2016-2017 season, becoming the first second-round pick since 1965 to win the Rookie of the Year award. In 2018-2019, he made a little more history by becoming the newest member of the 50-40-90 club.
In his third year in the league, Brogdon averaged 15.6 points per game. He shot 50.5% from the field, 42.6% from the three-point line, and a league-leading 92.8% from the free-throw line. Brogdon now plays with the Indiana Pacers.
While most would probably assume that Stephen Curry is the other player with multiple seasons in the club, that’s not the case. In fact, Curry has shot 50% or better just one time in his career, obviously the season he achieved 50-40-90.
In 205-2016, the season he won his second consecutive MVP, Curry shot 50.4% from the floor, 45.4% from beyond the arc, and an NBA-best 90.8% from the foul line.
Steph Curry’s former teammate, Kevin Durant, became a member of the 50-40-90 club in 2012-2013 while still with the Oklahoma City Thunder. This was the one season in a five-year stretch when Durant didn’t win the scoring title.
During that season, Durant shot 51% from the floor, his career-best to that point, 41.6% from the three-point line, and a league-leading 90.5% from the free-throw line.
Kyrie Irving became the newest member of the 50-40-90 club after shooting 50.6% from the floor, 40.2% from the 3-point line, and 92.2% from the foul line in 2020-2021 while helping the Brooklyn Nets to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Irving played the fewest number of games of anyone in the club as he appeared in just 54 of the Nets’ 72 games in the abbreviated season but was still able to hit the minimums required for membership.
It’s certainly not a shock to see Reggie Miller in the 50-40-90 club, is it? Considered one of the best shooters in the history of the NBA, Miller joined the club in the 1993-1994 season, the same year he led the Indiana Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Reggie Miller won the free-throw shooting title four times in his career. Oddly enough, the 1993-1994 season was not one of those times. However, he still shot 90.8% from the charity stripe, 50.3% from the field, and 42.1% from beyond the arc.
If there were ever going to be such a thing as “Mr. 50-40-90”, Steve Nash would be it. The two-time NBA MVP pulled off the feat four times, first doing so in his 10th season in the league. It’s crazy to think he had never reached the 50% mark from the field until the previous year.
In 2005-2006, Nash shot 51.2% from the field, 43.9% from the three-point line, and a league-best 92.1% from the foul line. The following season, he fell just short of making the club again, shooting 89.9% from the foul line. Wow. However, he became the only player besides Larry Bird to pull off 50-40-90 twice with a 50.4/47.0/90.6 line in 2007-2008.
Nash became the only player with three seasons in the club in 2008-2009, shooting 50.3% from the field, 43.9% from deep, and 93.3% from the foul line. He hit the mark again the following year. Nash is the closest to a career average of 50-40-90. In 18 seasons in the NBA, Steve Nash shot 49% from the field, 42.8% from the three-point line, and 90.4% from the free-throw line. Remarkable.
Dirk Nowitzki is officially a member of the 50-40-90 club but actually wouldn’t qualify under the new minimums set in 2013.
In 2006-2007, Nowitzki shot 50.2% from the field, 41.6% from the three-point line, and 90.4% from the foul line. However, he hit just 72 threes that season, 10 short of what the mark is now. But that wasn’t the case then so he’s in.
Mark Price was the second player in NBA history to join the 50-40-90 club, doing so the season after Larry Bird accomplished the feat for the second time.
In 1988-1989, his first year as an All-Star, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mark Price shot 52.6% from the floor, 44.1% from the three-point line, and 90.1% from the foul line.
Elena Delle Donne is the only player in WNBA history to hit the mark. Donne shot 51.5% from the floor, 43% from beyond the arc, and 97.4% from the foul line for the Washington Mystics in 2019.