Duncan Robinson’s Cinderella run continues in the NBA.
After getting undrafted in 2018, Robinson earned a shot at playing for the Miami Heat after an impressive Summer League showing. He did get that opportunity, by getting a two-way contract in Miami. It’s been touch and go from there.
Last season, Robinson set the Heat’s franchise record by making 7 three-pointers in the first quarter and 8 in half in a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Later that season, he also tied the Heat record with 10 three-pointers made in a single game. With 19 games left during the regular season, he passed Wayne Ellington for the most three-pointers made by a Miami Heat player in a single season. Not to mention he made an appearance in the Three-Point Contest.
On Saturday night, Robinson set another three-point record. This time around, it wasn’t just a Miami Heat record but a league one: the fastest player to make 500 three-pointers in the history of the NBA.
Fastest to 500
Robinson scored 20 points in 21 minutes while shooting 7-10 from the field, including 6-9 from three-point distance in the Heat’s 124-107 win over the Cavaliers in Cleveland. It was the 15th game this season where Robinson made at least 5 three-pointers, and he now has a total of 222 on the season, 4th most in the league.
Duncan Robinson is the fastest player to reach 500 career threes in NBA history.
His fourth three-pointer of the evening gave him 500 for his career, making him the fastest player in league history to reach 500 career three-pointers. The previous record was 187 games set by Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic. Next to Doncic on the list are Damian Lillard (199 games), Donovan Mitchell (208 games) while Klay Thompson and Buddy Hield accomplished the feat in 214 games.
The record breaking shot for the former Michigan Wolverine standout came in the third quarter when he ran the floor in transition and found his space on the wing. Trevor Ariza spotted him open and gave him the ball. Robinson took one dribble to settle himself and let if fly. Nothing but nylon and the NBA record:
Fastest player to 500 treys in the history of basketball.
With their win over the Cavaliers on Saturday, the Heat improved to 34-30 on the season and tied with the Boston Celtics for the 6th best record in the Eastern Conference. They also moved to within one game of the Atlanta Hawks as the three teams battle for the final two outright playoff spots in the East with teams no. 5 and 6 getting safe passage while the 7th seed will have to go through a play-in tournament to reach the postseason.
Last season, the Heat became the third 5th or lower seed to reach the NBA Finals since the NBA went to 16-team playoffs and the first to do so since the 5th seeded New York Knicks went all the way to the 1999 NBA Finals. Unfortunately for the Heat, they started the championship series without Goran Dragic and eventually lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
Miami was one of the preseason favorites to top the East again this season but the current campaign has been a struggle dealing with injuries and health protocols. Despite that, the Heat still have a chance to finish strong and match their 5th place finish last season. To do that, they will need Duncan Robinson to continue hitting his mark from deep.
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