Jason Kapono

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Jason Kapono
Jason Kapono with Miami.jpg
Kapono in 2007 with the Miami Heat.
Free Agent
Small forward
Personal information
Born (1981-02-04) February 4, 1981 (age 33)
Long Beach, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Artesia (Lakewood, California)
College UCLA (19992003)
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Pro playing career 2003–present
Career history
20032004 Cleveland Cavaliers
20042005 Charlotte Bobcats
20052007 Miami Heat
20072009 Toronto Raptors
20092011 Philadelphia 76ers
2011–2012 Los Angeles Lakers
2012–2013 Panathinaikos (Greece)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jason Alan Kapono (born February 4, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who has most recently played for Panathinaikos Athens of the Greek League. He is the only player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history to have led the league in three-point field goal percentage in two consecutive seasons, and he also won the Three-Point Shootout twice.

Kapono played college basketball at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was the first player in the school's history to earn First Team All-Pac-10 honors for four years and was also the first UCLA player to lead the team in scoring four straight years. Kapono began his NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who drafted him in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft. He later played for the Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA before joining Panathinaikos.

Early life[edit]

Kapono was born in Long Beach, California to Joe and Joni Kapono. Jason prepped at Southern California basketball powerhouse Artesia High School in Lakewood, California, where he was a McDonald's All-American and won several accolades and titles.[1] After a successful high school career, he enjoyed an outstanding college career at UCLA, where he finished as the third all-time leading scorer with 2,095 points, 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.[2] He also graduated with a degree in history. Kapono was a second-round draft choice of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003 NBA Draft.[3]

Professional career[edit]

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 championship 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 Three-Point Shootout in 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.[4] 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.[5] He is the only player in NBA history to have the highest three-point percentage in two consecutive seasons.[6]

On June 9, 2009, Kapono was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Reggie Evans.[7] The Sixers were victims of several starting lineup changes throughout the season. Kapono started the season with sparing minutes off the bench, but was later given the starting SF spot, near the end of the season. However, after losing his starting spot two games into the following season, Kapono was back to coming off the bench for sparing minutes. After the 2010-2011 NBA season came to an end, Kapono's contract with the 76ers expired and he became a free agent.[8]

On December 9, 2011, Kapono signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.[9]

On March 15, 2012, Kapono was traded along with Luke Walton and a 2012 first-round draft choice to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga.[10] He was then waived by the Cavaliers on March 17.[11]

On November 15, 2012, he signed with Panathinaikos Athens, of the Euroleague and Greek League.[12] However, his arrival in Greece was delayed until December 11, as he remained in the United States, due to complications with his wife's pregnancy.[13][14] He won the Greek Cup with Panathinaikos in 2013.[15] In March, he decided to leave the team, due to limited playing opportunities.[16]

NBA record[edit]

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. Kapono has since dropped behind Kerr and others.[17]

National team[edit]

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[edit]

Kapono is of Hawaiian and Portuguese descent.[18] On August 28, 2004 Jason married Ashley Kapono (née Cline). They have had two children. 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.[3]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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

Regular season[edit]

Kapono with the Toronto Raptors
2003–04 Cleveland 41 3 10.4 .403 .477 .833 1.3 .3 .3 .0 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
2009–10 Philadelphia 57 12 17.1 .419 .368 .600 1.2 .7 .4 .1 5.7
2010–11 Philadelphia 24 2 4.7 .250 .125 .500 .5 .2 .1 .0 .7
2011–12 L.A. Lakers 27 0 10.0 .382 .296 1.000 .5 .4 .1 .0 2.0
Career 509 87 17.8 .442 .434 .835 1.7 .8 .4 .0 6.7


2006 Miami 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2007 Miami 4 1 19.3 .471 .500 1.000 1.3 .5 .5 .0 5.0
2008 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[edit]


  1. ^ "Player Bio: Jason Kapono". UCLABruins.com. Archived from the original on January 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "UCLA Bruins in the NBA (2011)". UclaBruins.com. Archived from the original on July 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "2010–11 Sixers Media Guide". NBA.com. Philadelphia 76ers. 2010. pp. 71–3. Archived from the original on January 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ McMenamin, Dave, "Kapono Lights Up Saturday Night", nba.com, 17 February 2008, accessed 18 February 2008.
  5. ^ 2007-08 THREE POINTERS LEADERS: 3-Point FG Percentage, nba.com, accessed 26 August 2008.
  6. ^ Herring, Chris (December 18, 2012). "Offense? Yes. Defense? Not So Much". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on December 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ Philadelphia 76ers Acquire Forward Jason Kapono From Toronto, nba.com accessed 15 June 2009.
  8. ^ Smith, Brian (June 21, 2011). "Offseason shopping list: Thunder". FOXSportsSouthwest.com. Retrieved July 7, 2011. "Jason Kapono is by far the best shooter in the free agent bunch, making treys at a 44 percent clip during his NBA career." 
  9. ^ Lakers sign Kapono
  10. ^ "Cavaliers Acquire 2012 First Round Pick, Kapono, Walton and Right To Swap 2013 First Round Picks From Lakers". NBA.com. 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  11. ^ "Cavaliers Announce Player Transactions". NBA.com. 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  12. ^ "PANATHINAIKOS lands shooter Jason Kapono". euroleague.net. November 15, 2012. Archived from the original on November 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Jason Kapono expected to join Panathinaikos next week". sportando.net. November 29, 2012. Archived from the original on November 29, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Kapono: Defense, offense and a smart game". Panathinaikos BS. December 11, 012. Archived from the original on December 18, 2012. 
  15. ^ "KAPONO, JASON". euroleague.net. Archived from the original on March 7, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Without Kapono". Panathinaikos BC. March 4, 2013. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  17. ^ All Time Leaders: Three Point Field Goal Percentage, nba.com, accessed 31 January 2008.
  18. ^ "Q&A". UCLABruins.com. Retrieved January 17, 2014. "And no I'm not Italian. I have no Italian in me. I have some Hawaiian and Portuguese, but no Italian." 

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