Toronto Raptors sign Jason Kapono
The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have signed free agent forward Jason Kapono to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed. InsideHoops.com will post contact info tonight.
“Jason is an ideal fit for our system and for our locker room,” said Bryan Colangelo, president and general manager of the Raptors. “We anticipate he will contribute significantly to our team in a variety of ways.
“(Raptors Head Coach) Sam (Mitchell) loves his ability to knock down shots which spreads the floor and opens up scoring opportunities in the lane on dribble penetration and post-ups.”
Kapono led the NBA in three-point field goal percentage last season connecting at a .514 (108-210) clip. His single-season percentage from three-point range ranks as the fourth highest in league history and the best since the 1995-96 season (Tim Legler, .522). He made 50 per cent or better of his three-point attempts in 35 of his 67 appearances.
In addition to his regular season three-point accuracy title, Kapono won the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout at the 2007 All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas. He tied the all-time final round record with 24 points.
Kapono, 6-foot-8, 215 pounds, posted career highs in nearly every statistical category last season for the Miami Heat, including scoring average (10.9) and free throw percentage (.892, 66-74). He also recorded personal best in starts (35), field goals made (278), field goal percentage (.494), defensive rebounds (154), total rebounds (180), assists (81) and minutes (1,767). In his 35 starts, he upped his average to 13.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 31.8 minutes.
Kapono scored in double digits on 38 occasions last season, with five outings of 20 or more points. He tallied a career-high 28 points at Milwaukee on February 3. He posted a career-best 13 consecutive games scoring in double figures from January 22 – February 21, averaging 15.5 points over that stretch. Kapono also connected on at least one three-pointer in a career-high 14 straight contests from January 21 – February 21, shooting .571 per cent (57-97) from beyond the arc.
Kapono holds a career average of 7.4 points per game, shooting at a .459 per cent rate from three-point range and .852 per cent from the charity stripe. He played his rookie season (2003-04) in Cleveland and the following year in Charlotte after being selected by the Bobcats in the 2004 NBA Expansion Draft. He spent the past two seasons with the Miami Heat, winning an NBA Championship in 2006.
Kapono finished his collegiate career as the third all-time leading scorer in UCLA history. He was also the first player in the school’s storied basketball program to lead the team in scoring for four straight years and be named first-team All-Pac 10 each season.