Daniel Kickert of the Brisbane Bullets
Daniel Kickert of the Brisbane Bullets Morne de Klerk

Brisbane Bullet in NBL shooting first

BASKETBALL: Brisbane may be the 2016-17 wooden spooners but Bullets sharpshooter Daniel Kickert has collected a rare slice of NBL history.

The veteran forward is the first NBL player to finish a season in the '50-40-90' club - shooting at least 50 per cent from the field, 40 per cent from three-point range and 90 per cent from the free throw line.

"It's something that I will probably look at down the line and think that it's nice that I'm the only player to have ever done that," Kickert said.

"My name will be in the history books for something and that's cool.

"We're going to have a kid in a couple of months so maybe it will be something that they can look at in 15 years and think was pretty cool.

"It's always been in the back of my mind about being efficient and trying to take the right shots.''

Kickert, 33, played in all of Brisbane's 28 games, averaging 12.8 points per game.

He was forced to carry a greater load when injuries smashed Brisbane, who finished with a 10-18 record after falling to Illawarra on Saturday night.

Kickert shot 54.4 per cent from the field, 45.9 per cent from beyond the arc and 95.0 per cent from the charity stripe.

Only seven players in the NBA have achieved the feat - Larry Bird (twice), Mark Price, Reggie Miller, Steve Nash (four times), Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry.

But nobody in the NBL - not even the great Andrew Gaze - has been able to be so efficient. Kickert almost reached the shooting milestone last season but did not have enough free throws to qualify.

Players need to have suited up for 20 games and to have made at least 100 field goals, 28 three-pointers and 42 free throws.

Kickert finished the season with 136 of 250 from the field, 28 of 61 from three-point land and 58 of 61 from the free throw line.

News Corp Australia


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