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.
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.