Kyrie Irving had a historic regular season, as he became the ninth player in the NBA history to join the elite 50-40-90 club. The Brooklyn Nets superstar recorded 26.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 6.0 assists on 50.6% shooting from the field, 40.2% three-point shooting, and 92.2% shooting from the free-throw line. That’s a significant milestone for the 6-2 guard who received high praise from his teammates and coaches. Kevin Durant stated that Irving cares about the details.
“His work ethic, how he cares about his teammates, how he approaches the game every single day is the reason why he can go out there and do something so remarkable as 50-40-90. We almost expect that from Kyrie, and that shows how great he is. Welcome to the club.”Kevin Durant, Nets Daily
The Nets coach Steve Nash explained that Kyrie is a crucial piece to his team and added that he’s very proud of one of his best players.
“Kyrie was incredible this year. He was so efficient and such a talented player who just makes incredible shots every night. To be able to make those shots, create the space to take those shots, to convert at such an efficient rate is incredible. Remarkable player. Remarkable accomplishment and I’m really proud that I can see it first hand.”Steve Nash, Nets Daily
Both KD and Nash are already in the 50-40-90 club – a club created in the 1980s.Larry Bird was the founding member of this prestigious company. The Boston Celtics legend had those numbers in back-to-back seasons in 1986-87 and 1987-88. After him, Cleveland’s Mark Price joined the club in the 1988-89 season. Reggie Miller was the third member, hitting those marks in 1993-94.
And then came the Steve Nash era. The Ex-Phoenix Suns’ playmaker monopolized the club as he entered it on four occasions, first in 2005-06 and then in three straight years from 2007 to 2010. In the meantime, Dirk Nowitzki also had a 50/40/90 season in 2006-07.
Irving’s teammate Durant recorded required numbers in the 2012-13 season, and Steph Curry achieved it in 2015-16. The last player before Kyrie pulled it off was Malcolm Brogdon in 2018-19.
This impressive group actually implies the feat is a bad omen. Nobody from the club has managed to win a championship in their 50-40-90 season. Given the development of the Playoff picture in the NBA, Kyrie Irving could be the first player to do that.