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There have been six 50-40-90 seasons in the history of the NBA, and only two guys have done it more than once. Shooting 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the free-throw line is what gets you in the club, and Dirk Nowitzki is one of the six guys to do it.
This year, Nowitzki is shooting 49.2 percent from the field, 41.2 percent from behind the arc and 91 percent from the line. Being about as close as you can get, Dirk would have to improve his shooting percentage just barely to capture his second 50-40-90 season.
It’s ridiculous for Dirk to be shooting as well as he is considering fewer than 12 percent of his shot attempts have come within 10 feet of the hoop. While Nowitzki getting his field-goal percentage up isn’t impossible, it is improbable.
What is the reason Nowitzki is unlikely to achieve it? His age. Though Dirk has proven he can still be dominant at 35 years old, it doesn't mean he won’t get worn down.
Nowitzki’s shooting percentage in the first, second and third quarters of games is far superior to his percentage in the final 12 minutes. Nowitzki shoots just 44.4 percent from the floor in the final quarter while shooting better than 47 percent in every other quarter.
If Nowitzki becomes rundown at the end of games, there is no reason to think it won't happen towards the end of the season, as well.
Though Nowitzki will give it a run, expect him to fall short of what would be a remarkable feat.