Top Five: NBA players in the 50-40-90 Club

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,NBA,Craig Stouffer

Since the NBA introduced the 3-pointer for the 1979-80 season, only five players have shot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent at the line. At his current pace, Kevin Durant (.517, .419, .903) -- who makes his annual stop in Washington on Monday with the Oklahoma City Thunder -- is attempting to become the sixth. Here are the other five:

1. Larry Bird, Boston » The Celtics legend became the 50-40-90 Club's inaugural member with his performance in the 1986-87 season (.525, .400, .910). He repeated the feat in the 1987-88 season (.527, .414, .916).

2. Mark Price, Cleveland » In 1988-89, Price (.526, .441, .901) led the Cavaliers to the second of three straight playoff appearances. He was named an NBA All-Star and to the All-NBA third team.

3. Reggie Miller, Indiana » Miller's 1993-94 season (.503, .421, .908) was memorable more for his postseason performance against the New York Knicks. He narrowly missed the club in 1989-90 (86.8 percent FT) and 1990-91 (34.8 percent 3-point).

4. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas » Nowitzki was named NBA MVP for his achievements during the 2006-07 season (.502, .416, .904). The next time he shot better than 50 percent from the field came in 2010-11, when he led the Mavericks to an NBA championship.

5. Steve Nash, Phoenix » Nash is the club's only four-time member. He made it first in 2005-06 (.512, .439, .921) and has its three most recent entries in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10. He just missed making it five years in a row, shooting .899 from the line in 2006-07.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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