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Houston Rockets: 3 goals for Clint Capela in 2019-20 season

By Tevin Williams
Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets
Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images) /

3. Shoot at least 70 percent from the free throw line

Clint Capela’s five-year, $90 million contract that he signed with the Rockets last summer had a few interesting incentives. Capela’s contract guaranteed him $80 million, and one of the three incentives was based on team performance, as the Rockets would’ve owed Capela an extra $1 million if the team made the Western Conference Finals.

The Rockets also would’ve paid the center from Switzerland $500,000 if he would’ve averaged at least 65 percent shooting from the free throw line.

Throughout his career, Capela has struggled at the charity stripe. He shot just 17.4 percent and 37.9 percent from the line in his first two seasons in the league. After a lot of hard work in the gym, Capela shot a career high 63.6 percent from the free throw line last year, just missing the 65 percent mark.

While Capela has really improved his free throw shooting, he can still get a lot better at the line. Capela’s foul shooting is inconsistent and if he can make at least 70 percent of his free throws, he would draw more fouls since he’d have the confidence to be more aggressive around the bucket, which plays into the next point.

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