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Jason Kapono is now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
One of the biggest weaknesses of the Lakers in the last few years has been outside shooting. They’ve been in the bottom half of the league when it comes to three-point field goal percentage (17th last year at .352) but the Lakers weren’t scaring anybody from deep.
This is where Kapono comes in. One of the best shooters in the world, Kapono is a career .437 shooter from behind the arc. He’s also a two-time long distance shootout champion so he definitely has the pedigree of a bomber.
The bad news is that he has toiled in obscurity in the last two years. He played 81 games for the Sixers and only 24 last year. He averaged a whopping 0.7 points (not even on 5 minutes per contest) in the 2010-11 campaign. Maybe because as an overall basketball player, he’s not worth very much. He can only do one thing… and that is shoot, shoot, shoot.
But the product of UCLA and Artesia High School can REALLY shoot and the Lakers only got him for that reason. It’s not really a high-risk signing; they only signed Kapono for the veteran minimum ($1.2 million). As long as he’s making his shots, he’ll be okay. He will get a lot of open looks when teams double down on the post or on Kobe (or on Chris Paul, too, but that’s another story).
Of course, there are questions about his defense. I get it; Kapono probably can’t even guard a chair to save his life. But in this squad filled with tenacious perimeter defenders like Matt Barnes and Ron Artest (Metta World Peace), the Lakers can afford to hide him in their defensive schemes. So, again, as long as he buries the open looks the defense gives him, Jason Kapono should be just fine.
Welcome back to the City of Angels, Jason Kapono.