Skip to main content

Jonas Valanciunas is on track to become the first 50-40-90 center in NBA history


When fans think of the 50-40-90 club, the likes of Steve Nash and Steph Curry would instantly come to mind. However, this season, a player is on track to become the elite group’s first center member. His name is Jonas Valanciunas

Valanciunas on track to enter the 50-40-90 club

Many fans questioned the move when the New Orleans Pelicans flipped Steven Adams and replaced him with Jonas Valanciunas. The two centers are very similar in age, skillset, and experience. However, this season, Valanciunas has proved he’s more than just your average center. 

According to Basketball-Reference, in 14 games, JV holds the best percentage in the three-point area in the NBA with an impressive 57.7%. On top of that, he is also shooting 50 % on his 2-point field goals and connects 90 % from the charity stripe. If anyone looked into his stats without checking the name, they would think it’s Kevin Durant or Steph Curry. The improvement in Jonas’ game is just phenomenal at this point. 

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Compared to last season in Memphis, he only made 36.8 % of his shots from the rainbow territory and 77 % on the free-throw line. If Valanciunas keeps this up, he will enter the conversation as the Most Improved Player at the end of the season. 

What fuels the improvement?

The game is evolving, and we are seeing the next version of Valanciunas in the mold of Brook Lopez’s transformation. The two were known to be bangers, back-to-the-basket type of traditional big men, but now that the league is giving more importance to spacing and outside shots, they have adapted and suprised many. 

It remains to be seen if JV can sustain this in the course of the season. He is getting the minutes because the team missed several big men due to injuries. Once the roster is fully healthy, it’s expected that Jonas will revert to his old role, which is to provide defense and crash the boards. 

Joining the elite 50-40-90 club is an accomplishment for any player. It speaks of accuracy and efficiency on the floor. Even Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James, the trio many consider the GOATs, failed to crack the group. Only Dirk Nowitzki and Larry Bird were the big men to accomplish the feat in the history of the NBA. 

Valanciunas proves that getting traded to a rebuilding team may not mean bad for anyone’s career. This season he’s putting up personal bests in points, rebounds, and assists, and he’s doing it at historically accurate numbers. Valanciunas has done his part holding the fort while the Pelicans await the return of Zion Williamson. When the roster is finally complete and healthy, New Orleans will be an exciting team to watch. 

Isiah Thomas criticism of Chris Paul still stands

Isiah Thomas’ past criticisms of Chris Paul still rings true: "He has to push past safe"

Isiah Thomas claimed Chris Paul was playing too safe to maintain his good stats. The Hall of Famer wanted CP3 to take some risks to win games.


Matt Barnes calls Patrick Beverly a clown for the Chris Paul slander: "You're not that guy"

Barnes went in on Pat Bev: "Chris Paul played terrible this series and his numbers are still better than your career numbers have ever been."

Patrick Beverley wouldn't mind joining LeBron James and the Lakers

Patrick Beverley on playing with the Los Angeles Lakers if he had the chance: “I wouldn’t even hesitate”

Patrick Beverley admitted that there's nothing like playing for the Lakers franchise

JJ Redick explains why Eric Gordon could've helped Phoenix Suns in the playoffs

JJ Redick explains why Eric Gordon could've helped Phoenix Suns in the playoffs

The Phoenix Suns fans wanted Eric Gordon but the front office panned their wishes.

LeBron James names three players he'd team up with in a 2v2 vs Jordan and Pippen

LeBron James names three players he'd team in a 2v2 vs Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen

History showcases LeBron knows how to adjust his role to accommodate his teammates.

Damian Lillard defends Chris Paul from Pat Beverley’s attacks

Damian Lillard defends Chris Paul from Pat Beverley’s attacks: What CP do to you?

Since the Suns went down in Game 7, Patrick Beverley has attacked Chris Paul for his poor performance. Damian Lillard chimed in and defended CP3.

Doncic dominated the Suns in a way no player ever has in the postseason

Luka Doncic dominated the Phoenix Suns in a way no player ever has in the NBA postseason

Doncic beat the Suns top players in their best skill, showcasing how talented he is despite being just 23 years old.

How Ime Udoka’s confidence in the Boston Celtics role players helped them beat the Milwaukee Bucks

"I told him let it fly” - How Ime Udoka’s confidence in the Boston Celtics role players helped them beat the Milwaukee Bucks

Udoka never lost faith in any of his players, and his encouragement to Grant Williams ended up being the difference in the series between the Celtics and Bucks