Houston Rockets: The 15 greatest centers of all-time

By Tevin Williams
Houston Rockets - Hakeem Olajuwon (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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. . Center. Clint Capela. 7. 169

Clint Capela has improved significantly since the Rockets selected him 24th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. In his first season, Capela only appeared in 12 games.

He even missed his first 16 free throws in the NBA before finally converting from the charity stripe in his 11th game of the season, which was the 81st game of the year for the Rockets.

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Last season, Clint Capela emerged as one of the best young players in the NBA. He averaged 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game to go along with a league-leading 65.2 field goal percentage.

Capela is one of the best rim-running centers in the entire league. He is a legitimate shot blocker and perimeter defender for a player of his size. Though not a great shooter, his game fits in nicely in the modern NBA due to his great athleticism and hustle on both ends of the floor.

All of Capela’s hard work has paid off on the stat sheet and on the balance sheet. Houston signed Capela to a five-year, $90 million deal in the summer of 2018. At just 24 years old, Capela is still getting better and has plenty of room to grow his skill set. By the time his career is over, Capela could definitely move up a few of spots on this list.