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Stephen Curry joining 40-50-90 club adds to case for 2016 NBA MVP

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Steph Curry is right on track to join the elite 40-50-90 club, adding to his argument for repeating as NBA MVP.

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Stephen Curry still has some personal work to do during the Golden State Warriors' game against the Memphis Grizzlies tonight.

He's eight threes from reaching a mind-blowing 400 for the season, as we've discussed a couple of times over the last week. Currently averaging 29.9 points per game, Curry needs 41 points — and he has scored 41 or more nine times this season — to reach 30 points per game, something only 33 players have done in league history (including The Logo, Jerry West). And we could go on — this is truly an insane season.

Yet one of the most impressive feats — and I don't know how you'd figure out which is most impressive — is that Curry is on track to joining the uber-elite 40-50-90 club: 40% 3-point shooting, 50% field goal percentage, and 90% free throw shooting. KNBR had a bit more detail about that on their site a couple of days ago:

Curry is still locked in the prestigious 50/40/90 club (50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three, 90 percent from the free throw line) at 50.2/45.2/90.6. Durant was the last player to achieve the mark in 2012-13, and it's only been done by six different players in NBA history. Curry has some margin for error with this one, as he can go 0-for-6, 6-for-18 or 10-for-26 from the field and still finish the season at 50 percent on the nose.

As impressive as that is, there's something else that stands on that list: the level of difficulty at which Curry accomplished the feat.

Curry has obviously shot more threes than any of the other players on the list, more than doubling Steve Nash's 381 in the attempts in the 2007-08 season (Curry had 867 attempts after Sunday's game in San Antonio) — to shoot over 50% from the field and 40% from beyond the arc is remarkable with that many attempts, simply because he's done it with so many contested off-the-dribble threes. So as a byproduct of all those 3-point attempts and the amount that he handles the ball as a point guard, Curry is also a high-usage player, "using up" 32.5 percent of his team's plays when he's on the floor.

That would be the highest usage of anyone in the 40-50-90 club.

The full list of players in the 40-50-90 club (via Basketball-Reference.com)

If you're not ready to label Curry the best shooter ever, please just concede that he's in the midst of the best shooting season of all-time. And although he needs 41 to reach the elusive 30 points per game, he only needs 36 to break the 29.9 PPG tie with Larry Bird for the top scoring average in this club in addition to having the best usage and scoring efficiency.

There simply hasn't been a better combination of volume x efficiency x production in NBA history. As Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt have already written, Chef Curry is the only choice for MVP.

For more on Curry's quest for 400 threes, check out his case for Most Improved Player. To purchase BreakingT's Chef Curry shirt, check out their product page.