Steph offers simple answer on importance of 50-40-90 season

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Steph Curry does not chase personal accolades. But there is one honor he tries to achieve every year: Having a 50-40-90 season. 

After the Warriors' 120-109 comeback win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday at Chase Center, Curry spoke to reporters and was asked if he ever thought about how close he was to recording a 50-40-90 season.

"It's always on my radar," Curry simply replied. "Always."

For reference, "50-40-90" refers to when a player hits more than 50 percent of their field-goal attempts, more than 40 percent from 3-point land and over 90 percent from the free-throw line.

Curry is extremely close to attaining just the second 50-40-90 season of his career. Entering the Warriors' matchup against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, Curry is shooting 49.7 percent from the field, 42.8 percent from beyond the arc and 91.1 percent from the stripe.

The first time Curry achieved the feat was the 2015-16 season when he scored 30.1 points per game on 50.4 percent shooting from the field, 45.4 percent from the 3-point line and 90.8 percent at the foul line.

He made history that season, too, as his 30.1 points per game is the highest scoring average among all players that have ever recorded a 50-40-90 campaign.

Overall, only nine NBA players have ever attained a 50-40-90 season: Larry Bird (twice), Mark Price, Reggie Miller, Steve Nash (four times), Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant, Curry, Malcolm Brogdon and most recently, Kyrie Irving in the 2020-21 season. 

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As the Warriors continue fine-tuning themselves for their eventual playoff run, the main goal for Golden State remains to repeat as NBA champions, with the reigning NBA Finals MVP as its engine

That said, Curry definitely would like to notch another 50-40-90 season if it came along with his fifth title. 

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