Meet Kai Sotto's shooting coach, "The Rifleman" Chuck Person

Paul Kennedy Lintag on May 18, 2020 11:39 AM
Meet Kai Sotto's shooting coach,
Chuck Person averaged 14.7 points for his NBA career and connected on 1,220 three-point shots. (AP)

Kai Sotto is leaving no stone unturned as he looks to be the first homegrown Filipino to play in the NBA.

The next step in Kai's quest is a stint in the NBA G League. In the Association's developmental program, Sotto will team up with players like Jalen Green for a select team.

Sotto is a rare Filipino talent at 7'2" but his height alone won't put him in the NBA. As such, Kai's preparation has included a stop at Atlanta's The Skill Factory.

Sotto has also worked on his shooting with Chuck Person, the NBA's Rookie of the Year for 1987.

[Related: Former NBA Rookie of the Year helping Kai Sotto with his shooting]

Person was drafted fourth overall in the 1986 Draft by Indiana Pacers, and he would go on to play for four more teams until his retirement in 2000.

After a six-year stint as a Pacer, Person spent three seasons with the San Antonio Spurs and had other stops with the Timberwolves, Hornets, and the Seattle SuperSonics.

Overall, Person averaged 14.7 points for his NBA career in 943 games, with a career-high season in 1988-89 when he put up 21.6 points per game.

In the playoffs, he averaged 11.3 points in 51 games spread across eight postseason stints. He put up 27.0 points in four games in the 1987 playoffs and 26.0 points in five games in the 1991 postseason both for the Pacers.

More importantly, as the man they call "The Rifleman," Person connected on a total 1,220 three-point shots for his career on 36.2 percent shooting.

He peaked at 190 triples in a year during the 1995-96 season with the Spurs, a franchise record that Danny Green eventually broke in 2015.

Person's shooting clip in the postseason was slightly higher 39.1 percent, connecting on 77 triples in 51 playoff games.

In San Antonio's 1995-96 playoff run, Person shot 53.2 percent from deep, making a total of 25 triples in 10 games.

The Rifleman also has a single-game high of nine triples made, which came in 1997 against Vancouver.

"Actually, he gave me a lot of confidence to trust my shot," Kai said of coach Person.

"Tinulungan niya lang ako paano maging ready sa shot ko at maging confident. sobrang excited ko kasi yun nga, "The Rifleman" so alam kong tuturuan niya kao mag-improve sa shooting," Sotto added.



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