Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant Draws Closer to Historic Statistical Club
With eight games left in the season, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant is on track to become just the eighth member in the 50-40-90 club. The club consists of members that have shot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the charity stripe.
Durant currently averages .505 percent shooting from the field, .410 percent from three and .908 percent from the free-throw line. If Durant is to join the club, he will be alongside Reggie Miller, Steve Kerr, Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Larry Bird, Jose Calderon and Mark Price.
Durant is already widely known as one of the most efficient scorers in the NBA. He is the three time reigning scoring champion, as well as one of the most clutch players in the league. His great length and ball handling provides a nightmare matchup for defenders in the league.
Even though Russell Westbrook currently leads the team in field goals attempted for the Thunder, Durant is still averaging a league-leading 28.3 points per game. According to ESPN Elias, if that statistic holds up, it will be the second time in league history that the scoring champion did not lead his team in field goals attempted.
The scary thing about Durant is that he is reaching all of these historic accomplishments at the age of 24. He has improved his game year by year by focusing on certain aspects of it during the offseason. Two years ago it was driving to the hoop, last year it was distributing the ball and getting to the foul line and this year it was perfecting the patented Nowitzki fadeaway shot. With Durant’s young age and consistent improvement every year, it is hard to imagine how good he will be at the peak of his career.