06/09/09 4:43 pm EST
In an effort to bolster the 76ers miserable 3-point shooting abilities, Ed Stefanski has acquired forward Jason Kapono from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for forward Reggie Evans.
“We are very excited to add one of the league’s most prolific three-point shooters in Jason Kapono,” Stefanski said. “We feel that this move addresses our goal of improving our shooting from the perimeter…I want to thank Reggie Evans for his contributions to the team and we wish him only the best.”
Last season, Kapono appeared in all but one game for the Raptors, averaging 7.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and a career-high 1.3 assists while shooting 43.2% from the floor, 42.8% from 3-point range and 81.0% from the foul line. He ranked 12th in the NBA in 3-point percentage.
Kapono was originally a second round pick (31st overall) in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Cavaliers. If you recall, the 2003 NBA Draft was filled with teams taking fliers on Euor-ballers like Darko Milicic, Zarko Cabarkapa, Aleksandar Pavlovic, Zoran Planinic, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Szymon Szewczyk , Paccelis Morlende, Malick Badiane, Andreas Glyniadakis and Maciej Lampe . The Euro-madness inspired Kapono to utter one of the funnier quotes you will ever hear when he said, “If my name was Kaponovich, I would have been a Lottery pick.”
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Kapono was selected in the 2004 NBA Expansion Draft by Charlotte.
Kapono signed with as a restricted free agent in October of 2005 and was a member of the Heat’s championship team that season. Following two seasons with , Kapono signed as a free agent with in July of 2007.TorontoMiamiMiami
While with Miami in 2006-07, Kapono enjoyed his best season, averaging career highs of 10.9 points and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 49.4% from the floor and 51.4% from behind-the-arc, the fifth-highest 3-point percentage in a single season in NBA history.
Kapono finished his collegiate career as the third leading scorer in UCLA history behind Don MacLean and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He became the first Bruin to earn first team All Pac-10 honors all four years as well as the first player in school history to lead his team in scoring in four straight seasons.
Evans (6-8, 245) just finished his seventh NBA season and his second with the Sixers. In 79 games with seven starts last season, he averaged 3.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game. Evans has ranked in the top-10 in rebounds per 48 minutes played in each of the past six seasons.