It’s official, the Brisbane Bullets’ very own Daniel Kickert has secured himself an exclusive place in NBL history.
The sharp-shooting big man has become the inaugural member of the NBL’s 50-40-90 Club.
This is reserved for players who play a minimum 20 games in a season, and shoot 50% from the field, 40% from three-point range, and 90% from the free-throw line. Kicks stats after the regular season looked like: 54.4% (136/250) from the field, 45.9% (28/61) from the three-point range, and 95.1% (58/61) from the free throw line.
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For a shooter in basketball at the professional level, it is something very special. It’s such an exclusive club in fact, that after 38 years of NBL competition it has no other members.
To be eligible a player must make a minimum 100 field goals, 28 threes and 42 free-throws over the course of a regular season.
Whilst Kickert is now the only player in NBL history to achieve this significant milestone, he actually went agonisingly close to becoming the first player in League history to join the 50-40-90 Club last season.
Playing with Melbourne United, he played 28 games and shot 155-297 (53.2%) from the field, 61-130 (46.9%) from beyond the arc, and 43-48 (89.6%) on free-throws.
He was one missed free-throw short, making this season’s achievement all the more rewarding for the Brisbane power forward.