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What Happened to NBA Champion and Sharp Shooter Jason Kapono?

One of the best shooters in the NBA was Jason Kapono. He doesn’t get talked about that much because he was not a star player. But one thing he could do is shoot.

Kapono played for multiple teams throughout his career. He won an NBA championship during his career and won numerous 3-point contests. More people should know about who this sharpshooter was.

A look at Jason Kapono’s career

Before playing in the league, Kapono enjoyed a successful career at UCLA. He finished as the third all-time leading scorer at the school with 2,095 points. Kapono was the first Bruin to earn First Team All-Pac 10 honors all four years. He also was the only Bruin to lead the team in scoring all four years.

After his time at UCLA, he was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his first season, he saw limited playing time. He played in 41 games and averaged 3.5 points per game. One bright spot was that he led the team in 3-point percentage shooting 47.7 percent. He quickly became an efficient 3-point shooter early on in his NBA career.

Throughout his career, Kapono became a reliable shooter from behind the arc. In his third season, he joined the Miami Heat and won an NBA championship. The next season, Kapono had the best season of his career. During the 2006-07 season, he averaged 10.9 points and 2.7 rebounds, which were both career-highs. He also led the league in 3-point percentage shooting 51.4 percent, which is the fourth-best percentage in league season history. After a successful career in Miami, Kapono went to Canada and played for the Toronto Raptors. He led the league for the second straight season in 3-point percentage at 48.3 percent. At that time, Kapono was known as one of the best 3-point shooters in the league.

Jason Kapono winning back-to-back 3-point contests

Kapono is the last NBA player to win back-to-back 3-point contests. Some of the game’s best shooters compete in the contest, and for Kapono to win it two consecutive years, just shows how good of a 3-point shooter he was.

Looking at the winners who won in the past few years and there are some really good shooters. Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, and Devin Booker, to name a few. But none of them won back-to-back titles. Who knows the next time a player will when back-to-back titles, but for now, Kapono can say he’s the last player to do so.

The end of Jason Kapono’s career

As Kapono was nearing the end of his career, he saw his playing time decrease. He spent his final three seasons in the league playing for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. Kapono finished his NBA career averaging 6.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game while shooting 43.4 percent from three.

After his NBA career, he played in the EuroLeague for one season with Panathinaikos. He played in eight games and averaged 7.4 points and shot 46.2 percent from three. Kapono tried to make a return to the NBA but never saw the court. In his nine-year career, he will always be remembered for his above-average 3-point shooting ability.