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Jason Kapono
Jason Kapono.JPG
Philadelphia 76ers  – No. 72
Small forwardShooting guard
Born February 4, 1981 (1981-02-04) (age 29)
Long Beach, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
League NBA
College UCLA
Draft 2nd round, 31st overall, 2003
Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro career 2003–present
Former teams Cleveland Cavaliers (2003–2004)
Charlotte Bobcats (2004–2005)
Miami Heat (2005–2007)
Toronto Raptors (2007–2009)
Awards 2× NBA 3 Point Champion (2007, 2008)
1x NBA Champion (2006)
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Jason Alan Kapono (born February 4, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association.

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Early life

Kapono was born in Long Beach, California to Joe and Joni Kapono. Jason prepped at Southern California basketball powerhouse Artesia High School in Lakewood, where he was a McDonald's All-American and won several accolades and titles. After a successful high school career, Jason enjoyed an outstanding college career at UCLA, where he finished as the third all-time leading scorer with 2,095 points,[1] was the first Bruin to earn First Team All-Pac-10 honors all four years, and was the only UCLA player to lead the school in scoring four straight years. He also graduated with a degree in history. Kapono was a second-round draft choice of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA Draft.

NBA career

Kapono only played 41 games and started 3 in his first NBA season, although he led the team in three-point field goal percent at 47.7%. After his rookie season with Cleveland, he was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2004 expansion draft, where he increased his scoring average from 3.5 to 8.5 points per game. He also made the first block in Bobcats history. Later, he was signed as a free agent by the Miami Heat where he was part of the 2005–06 NBA champion team.

In the 2006–07 season, Kapono's points-per-game average and minutes played significantly increased, and he led the league in three-point percentage with .514, which is close to the all-time single-season three-point percentage record held by Steve Kerr (.524), and is the fourth best percentage in league season history. Kapono also won the 2007 All-Star Weekend three-point shoot-out competition by defeating Dirk Nowitzki and Gilbert Arenas in the final round with a score of 24 points which tied Mark Price's record for most points in a final round of the three-point contest.

Kapono repeated the feat in 2008, having led the league in three-point percentage going into the All-Star weekend. In the final round of the contest, he scored 25 points, tying the all-time single round record set in 1986 and also setting a new finals record.[2] On December 14, 2007, he had a career-high 29 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. He also ended the 2007–08 season as the top three-point shooter in the league.[3]

On June 9, 2009, Kapono was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Reggie Evans.[4]

NBA record

At one point, Kapono was the most accurate three-point shooter in NBA history. On November 25, 2007, he made his 250th three-point shot, qualifying him for the NBA record in 3-point shooting accuracy. He immediately moved into first place with a .461 ratio of 3-point shots made to shots attempted, moving ahead of Steve Kerr, who had the previous lifetime best at .454. As of 2010, however, Kapono has dropped to second place behind Kerr.[5]

National team

Kapono was picked for the USA Basketball Select Team which trained with USA Men's Senior National Team in Las Vegas to assist in the buildup to the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Personal life

Born to Joe and Joni Kapono, Jason Kapono is of Hawaiian and Portuguese descent.[6] He married on August 28, 2004. He has a sister Jillian, his father-in-law Tony Cline played football at the University of Miami and in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders, while his brother-in-law Tony Cline Jr. played football at Stanford University and with the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers.[1]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Correct as of 15 May 2009[7]

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Cleveland 41 3 10.4 .403 .477 .833 1.3 .3 .3 .1 3.5
2004–05 Charlotte 81 14 18.4 .401 .412 .824 2.0 .8 .5 .1 8.5
2005–06 Miami 51 2 13.0 .446 .396 .848 1.4 .7 .1 .1 4.1
2006–07 Miami 67 35 26.4 .494 .514 .892 2.7 1.2 .6 .0 10.9
2007–08 Toronto 81 7 18.9 .488 .483 .860 1.5 .8 .4 .0 7.2
2008–09 Toronto 80 12 22.9 .432 .428 .810 2.0 1.3 .3 .0 8.2
Career 401 73 19.2 .447 .454 .847 1.9 .9 .4 .0 7.5

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Miami 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2006–07 Miami 4 1 19.3 .471 .500 1.000 1.3 .5 .5 .0 5.0
2007–08 Toronto 5 0 30.4 .585 .542 .750 2.6 .8 .4 .0 15.6
Career 10 1 23.1 .557 .536 .833 1.8 .6 .4 .0 9.8

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b Jason Kapono - Bio, nba.com, accessed 18 February 2008.
  2. ^ McMenamin, Dave, "Kapono Lights Up Saturday Night", nba.com, 17 February 2008, accessed 18 February 2008.
  3. ^ 2007-08 THREE POINTERS LEADERS: 3-Point FG Percentage, nba.com, accessed 26 August 2008.
  4. ^ Philadelphia 76ers Acquire Forward Jason Kapono From Toronto, nba.com accessed 15 June 2009.
  5. ^ All Time Leaders: Three Point Field Goal Percentage, nba.com, accessed 31 January 2008.
  6. ^ UCLA Men's Basketball, uclabruins.cstv.com, accessed 16 April 2009.
  7. ^ - Career Stats and Totals, nba.com, accessed 28 November 2007.

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