All great players can score at a high clip in the NBA. However, just a few of them can do it as efficiently as their teams would've like to have an opportunity to win every night out there.
Getting 30 points on 25 shots isn't exactly great. Obviously, sometimes we tend to look just at the totals but numbers need context to actually mean something. I'd rather have a player scoring 25 points on 18 shots than other getting 35 on 30.
Obviously, there have been a handful of players throughout NBA history that have mastered the art of efficiently tearing apart opposing defenses, scoring 30+ points while shooting 50+% from the floor, 40+% from beyond the arc, and 90+% from the free-throw line. Today, we'll let you know about those players:
10. LeBron James - 42
LeBron James isn't known for being the most accurate three-point shooter and his free-throw shooting has always shown room for improvement as well. However, he's always been one of the most efficient scorers in the league with a career 50.4% average, which is astronomic for a small forward.
Still, James has been able to top his 34.4% three-point shooting and 73.5% free-throw shooting 42 times over his career to get at least 30 points on a game. We're talking about one of the most dominant scorers in NBA history, so there's no surprise there.
9. Kobe Bryant - 50
Kobe Bryant drew a lot of criticism throughout his career for being a volume scorer. People often pointed him for having a short memory and continuing to shoot regardless of if his shot wasn't falling, which obviously, hurt his overall efficiency.
Needless to say, Kobe couldn't care less and his competitive drive was what made him a 5-time NBA Champion. Also, despite being a career 44/32/83 shooter, he topped the 30-point mark 50 times while going 50/40/90 from the floor to put his doubters at ease.
8. James Harden - 51
Harden is the league's most unstoppable scorer nowadays. He's averaged 30.4, 36.1, and 34.4 points per game through the past three seasons and it doesn't look as he's going to take his foot off the gas any time soon. However, efficiency has always been an issue for him.
Even so, Harden has been able to score 30+ points on 50/40/90 51 games over his career. Obviously, getting 30 is just another day in the office for him, but for a guy that takes 12.6 three-pointers and 11.8 free-throws per game, knocking down 40% and 90% of them is quite impressive.
7. Ray Allen - 51
Most young fans won't remember it, but Ray Allen was one of the most dynamic and explosive scorers in the league during his prime. He was way more than just a three-point shooter. His aggressiveness as a driver made him deadly in the restricted area as well.
Unsurprisingly, Allen piled up 51 games of 30+ points on 50/40/90 from the floor when he was his team's go-to-guy. He never made the 50/40/90 club but his career averages are almost there at 45/40/89. He's one of the best shooters to ever set foot on an NBA hardwood.
6. Reggie Miller - 55
Long before Stephen Curry, Reggie Miller was one of the first guys to consistently rely on the three-pointer as an effective means to harm opposing defenses. He owned almost every three-point related record until Allen and Curry knocked him down.
Miller always came up huge when his team needed him the most, so it isn't surprising to see him on this list. Also, he made it to the 50/40/90 club in 1994, when he averaged 19.9 on 50.3% from the floor, 42.1% from three, and 90.8% from the charity stripe.
5. Michael Jordan - 60
No list of the greatest scorers ever is complete until we write Michael Jordan's name on it. However, His Airness was never known for being much of a three-point shooter, as he did most of his damage from within close range and only averaged 1.7 threes per game.
Still, Jordan had 60 30+ point games with 50/40/90. To be clear, Jordan averaged 30.1 points per game per his career, so the fact that he topped that number isn't impressive at all. Also, he was a career 83.5% shooter from the line, so the twist here is his three-point shooting.
4. Kevin Durant - 65
Kevin Durant is the kind of player you build on 2K. I mean, he's got the ball-handling skills of a point guard, the offensive skill set of a shooting guard, and the size of a center. That's what makes him one of the most unique talents in NBA history.
Moreover, Durant has always thrived off efficiency. He made it to the 50/40/90 club in 2013. Most impressively, he did so while averaging 28.1 points and taking 4.1 three-pointers and 9.3 freebies per game. He's the definition of an efficient modern-day scorer.
3. Dirk Nowitzki - 66
Dirk Nowitzki completely changed the way the power-forward spot was played. But why? why was Dirk so different from the rest? Because of his sweet, efficient shooting stroke from beyond the arc, which helped him top the 30,000 career-point barriers.
Nowitzki joined the 50/40/90 club in 2007 when he averaged 24.5 points while shooting 50.2% from the floor, 41.6% from downtown, and 90.4% from the free-throw line, and flirted with those shooting splits for the most of his career.
2. Larry Bird - 69
People nowadays can't seem to remember just how great and dominant Larry Bird was throughout his career. We're talking about a guy that just decided to play left-handed to save his right hand for important games, and could still score 47 points.
Bird's offense didn't have any kind of flaws. He was Kevin Durant before Kevin Durant if you will. Also, he was the first member of the 50/40/90 club after back-to-back seasons with 28.5 and 29.9 points per game. Most surprisingly, those were his age 30 and 31 seasons. He aged like a fine wine.
1. Stephen Curry - 91
And, obviously, Stephen Curry has to sit at the top of this list. If you look up efficiency and high-volume scoring in the dictionary, Steph's face comes up. He's the only guy in NBA history that can take over 8.3 three-pointers per game and knock down 43.5% of them per his career.
Curry's a career 90.6% shooter from the free-throw line. He's an offensive juggernaut that can pull up from everywhere on the court and still score as efficiently as some big men. He's knocked down 47% of his shots throughout his career and even joined the 50/40/90 club in 2015-16 when he averaged 30.1 points per game. No wonder why he was the first unanimous MVP in NBA history.