Jason Kapono

Position Small Forward
Height / weight 2.03 m / 98 kg
Born Feb 4, 1981
Nationality United States United States
Team History
Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers 2011 - 2012
Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 2009 - 2011
Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 2007 - 2009

Jason Alan Kapono is an American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is noted for being the first NBA player to lead the league in three-point field goal percentage in two consecutive seasons. Kapono also won the three-point contest in both 2007 and 2008.

In 2006, he was part of the Miami Heat team who took home that year’s NBA Championship.

Player Bio and Personal Life

Jason was born Jason Alan Kapono on February 4, 1981, in Long Beach, California. His parents were Joni and Joe Kapono. He stands six feet 8 inches tall or 2.03 meters. His listed weight is 215 pounds. He plays small forward and has worn the jersey numbers 24, 72, 28, and 9.

Jason is of Portuguese and Hawaiian descent. He is married to Ashley Kapono and has four kids. His father-in-law, Tony Cline, played professional football for the Oakland Raiders in the National Football League (NFL). His brother-in-law, Tony Cline, Jr., is also a professional football player with the NFL and played for the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers.

High School and College Career

He attended the basketball powerhouse Artesia High School in Lakewood, California. He averaged 23.5 points and 9 rebounds per game in his senior year at Atresia.

He moved on to play for the University of California, Los Angeles where he earned All-Pac-10 honors. He has a UCLA school record for the most three-pointers made in a game on January 4, 2003.

NBA Career

He was drafted into the NBA during the 2003 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was the second-round draft choice.

In his first NBA season, Kapono played a total of 41 games, starting in 3 of them. He started showing proficiency as a three-point shooter and he was also good at the free-throw line. That season, the Cavaliers missed the playoffs.

Charlotte Bobcats and the Miami Heat

In the 2004 expansion draft, Charlotte Bobcats picked Kapono. He increased his scoring average to 8.5 points per game. He was not re-signed by the Bobcats and instead, he was signed as a free agent by the Miami Heat.

His scoring averages took a hit while he was with the Heat because he had less of a role while with this elite team. He was part of the team that would go on to win the 2005-06 NBA Championship.

In the 2006-07 season, Kapono led in a three-point shooting percentage with 0.514. This is close to the record held by Kyle Korver. He won the Three-Point contest at the 2007 All-Star Weekend.

Raptors and the 76ers

In 2007, Kapono was a free agent and later signed with the Raptors. While with the Toronto Raptors, he maintained his high three-point average. He also helped the Raptors reach the playoffs in 2008.

Kapono was picked to play in the USA Basketball Select Team. This was to assist in the build-up to the 2008 Summer Olympics.

In June 2009, Kapono was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Reggie Evans. Due to a number of line-up changes, Kapono has limited minutes off the bench. He was later given the starting SF spot.

Lakers and the Cavaliers

In 2011, Kapono signed with the Los Angeles Lakers but was only able to play in 27 games for them. He was later traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in March 2012. The Cavaliers would waive him a couple of days later.

Euroleague, Greek League, and Retirement

Later in 2012, Kapono signed with Panathinaikos of the Euroleague and Greek League. He helped the team win the Greek Cup in 2013. He left the team due to limited play.

After shortly signing with the Golden State Warriors and eventually getting waived, Kapono retired from the NBA.

Career Highlights and Awards

  • 2006, NBA Champion
  • 2007, 2008 - NBA Three-Point ContestChampion
  • 2013 - Greek Cup Champion
  • 2000-2003 - First-team All-Pac-10
  • 2000 - Pac-10 co-Freshman of theYear

NBA Career Statistics

Points - 3,398 (6.7 PPG)
Rebounds - 844 (1.7 RPG)
Assists - 417 (0.8 APG)

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