Jeremy Lin: The 50-40-90 Quest To Be An NBA Star

What is the significance of the 50-40-90 Elite Club in the NBA? Why is it important for Jeremy Lin?

Since the NBA introduced the three-point field goal for the 1979–80 season, the 50–40–90 shooting threshold has only been reached by six players: Steve Nash, Larry Bird, Mark Price, Reggie Miller, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant.

Steve Nash has achieved the most 50–40–90 seasons in NBA history with four.

It’s important to note that there is a minimum requirement for # of shots to qualify for this club

Some players reached the 50–40–90 mark but failed to make enough field goals or free throws in order to qualify as the league leaders (300 field goals, 55 three-point field goals and 125 free throws).
Currently Jeremy averages 48.1%FG, 43.8%3FG and 90.7%FT after 13 games. So Jeremy still needs 1.9% to meet the 50%FG requirement. He had a few bad games to start but has become more efficient since then.
What about Jeremy Lin’s rate this season to meet this requirement?
Currently, Jeremy played 13 games (50 FG Made, 14 3P Made, 39 FT Made)
If Jeremy plays all 82 games, he is projected to make 315 FG, 88 3pts, 555 FTs
So Jeremy’s make rate will meet the requirement to qualify. The closest one is the FG made (315 is only 15 more of the 300 requirement)
What is the benefit to belong to this 50-40-90 club?
When Jeremy qualifies to belong to a standard measure of efficiency that only 6 NBA great players can do, it will help him to get a step closer to achieve his dream to become an All-Star, find a team that suits his strength and surround him with the right players to help him be successful. Nash is a 4-time achievers so he’ll be in the discussion to be the next Steve Nash that an NBA team can build as a star.

What Mark Cuban said about Lin to answer Charlie Rose (CBS) question in Oct 2012 is still true today.

Rose: Can he be another Steve Nash?

“Yeah, he absolutely can. He’s that good. He’s got that type of talent. But, part of what made Steve Nash great, when Nash went from the Mavericks to the Suns and became MVP, it was a system that he just excelled at.So, Jeremy (like Nash) has got to play in the right environment with the right players and he can be a star.”

So let’s cheer, pray, and support Lin to continue to be healthy and efficient that he may achieve this important milestone this year so it will increase the chances of multiple NBA teams who want to build around his as a star!