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Houston Rockets: 5 players Clint Capela should study

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Clint Capela
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Clint Capela will look to add additional skill sets to his repertoire as he heads into his fourth season for the Houston Rockets.

As the Houston Rockets prepare for a deep postseason run, they’ll need Clint Capela to take another step forward in his fourth NBA season.

The 23-year-old was one of the NBA’s most improved players last year, averaging 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds in just 23.9 minutes a game. Capela averaged 19.0 points and 12.2 rebounds per 36 minutes last year. Those numbers are good enough to get him an All-Star selection. Capela will see an increase in court time as his physical and mental components mature with age, and he will take full advantage of that opportunity.

The Houston Rockets were also a lot better with Capela on the floor. He had a 7.8 net rating last year, which even finished higher than James Harden‘s 6.3.

Clint Capela is long, athletic and can run in the open floor like a gazelle. He’s the prototypical rim-running center that has become so valuable in today’s NBA, and he understands his role. Capela is very similar to a lineman in the NFL. He does all of the dirty work but sometimes loses the spotlight to the smaller, more skilled players, but the whole show would fall apart without his efforts.

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Of course, Capela is still young and his game could become more polished in some areas. He can still improve as a shot-blocker and passer. Also, I’d like to see him develop some sort of go to move in the low post too. Oh, and the NBA’s top-notch centers typically average double-digit rebounds, a threshold that Capela has yet to surpass.

No player in the NBA is perfect, and everyone has room for improvement. For that reason, here are five NBA players that Clint Capela should study.

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