Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant is working toward prestigious 50-40-90 club
It's a club that honors consistency and recognizes players who go an entire season shooting at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the free throw line.
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In his third season, Martin shot 47.3 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from 3-point range and 84.4 percent from the foul line. He remembered the field goal percentage being the most difficult to maintain, something Durant might find equally tough throughout the remainder of this season considering he's primarily a jump shooter.
“You've got to hit a lot of tough shots,” Martin said. “Your 3s sometimes are wide open, but you're going to have the ball in your hands at the end of games and you're going to be taking a lot of tough 2s.”
For Durant to be in the discussion, though, says a lot about his selflessness, Martin said.
“He could easily score 35 to 37 a night on 40-40-90,” Martin explained. “But that's just not him. He's in it for the team and that's why he's such a special player.”
Durant, for now, is trying to not think too much about his pursuit of superior efficiency. He said he fell short in the past the moment he began to focus on the feat.
“I'm just trying to work on my game every single day and fine tune my shooting, my 3-point shot and my ball-handling,” Durant said. “I'm just taking what the defense gives me. My teammates do a great job of setting me up and making it easier for me so I just got to do my part in finishing.”