As fans of the Houston Rockets are starting to come accustom to center Clint Capela made another memorable play last night against the Phoenix Suns. With eight minutes left in the third quarter, Capela ran the fast break and put Brandon Knight on a poster.
Letting Terrence Jones do the stare down, the humble Capela nonchalantly jogged back down the court. Don’t let his meekness fool you, though, Capela has something to be proud of. After an impressive 2015 playoff run, Capela has shown his potential so far in the preseason, playing great on both ends of the ball.
Facing Dallas in the Rockets second preseason game, Capela had 12 points and 8 rebounds in his first fifteen minutes of play. He went on to finish that game with 12 points, 14 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 steal. Last night in Phoenix he finished with a similar stat line of 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 1 block.
Obviously, Capela is big and fast, so on defense he has no excuses for not averaging double-digit rebound numbers so long as he gets playing time. He also should have a fairly easy time protecting the rim by forcing guys to change their shot and averaging a couple of blocks each game.
Given his natural ability to be elite on the defensive end, it’s the offensive end Capela has to work at– and it seems that the has. Capela’s buckets aren’t only coming on monster dunks like the one against Brandon Knight. He has also added some finesse to his game demonstrating good footwork, and an ability to shoot the ball with a soft touch around the basket. He got this hook to go down last night in Phoenix.
Capela doing work in the paint. https://t.co/nlrOcBflBn
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) October 14, 2015
What has been most impressive about Capela’s game is his ability to improve. When Capela first got some playing time with the Rockets during the 2014-2015 regular season he looked awful. Yet, because he was so young you thought he might still have a chance.
Come playoff time he looked to have improved leaps and bounds from his performance during the regular season. Now, with the Rockets 2015-2016 season set to begin in just a couple of weeks, Capela looks like hes ready to compete night in and night out. If the Rockets hope to win a title, they will need him to play at a high level on a consistent basis.
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