Five times from 2001 through 2008, Peja Stojakovic helped cement his reputation as one of the best shooters in the NBA on this All-Star Saturday of February. A five-time participant in the leagues three-point contest, Stojakovic won the event in 2002 and 2003.
As his career has progressed into a 12th NBA season, the 6-foot-10 forward remains one of the leagues top perimeter shooters, but thats not the aspect of his game that has warranted the most notice lately. Over the past eight games, the 32-year-old has been extremely active on both ends of the floor. While increasing his rebounding, assist and steals averages, Stojakovic may have never looked better over his 3 1/2 seasons as a Hornet than he did Monday, when he registered 29 points, nine rebounds and five assists at Orlando. After drilling a difficult, stepback three-pointer in the face of a Magic defender, TNTs crew commented that Stojakovic was reminding everyone of his heyday with Sacramento (1998-2004).
Statistically, perhaps the best evidence of the Serbians increased activity on the floor comes from his free-throw shooting totals. Over the recent eight-game span, he has attempted 26 foul shots, which is almost one-third of his 81 trips to the charity stripe for the entire 2009-10 season. In his previous 43 games this season, he totaled 55 foul shots.
Stojakovic has appeared in 51 games this season, only missing two contests in late November for personal reasons, meaning he has yet to sit out once due to injury.