Houston Rockets: Will Capela Reach his Contract Incentives this Season?
Defensive Rebounding Rate of 30% or Greater
The defensive rebounding advanced statistics is an area it would seem like Capela SHOULD have no issues with. As defined, the defensive rebounding rate is the percentage of defensive rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor. The Rockets gave Capela a goal of 30%, which he’s actually only done twice in his 5 year career, and only once during his time as a starter for the team. In fact, if we were to base the likelihood of Capela reaching 30% on last season, he would have missed the mark, as he had a defensive rebounding percentage of 27.6%. Interestingly enough, Capela’s defensive rebound percentage dipped down even lower during the post-season to 23.8%, although the post-season doesn’t have any bearing on the $500,000 incentive.
Capela’s 27.6% regular season average was 11th best in the league last season. Oddly enough, Russell Westbrook actually came in 10th with a defensive rebound percentage of 28.3%. The Russell Westbrook component is an interesting part of this, because Westbrook is without question one of the best defensive rebounding point guards the league has ever seen. Westbrook will surely eat into Capela’s rebounds, and will lower his percentage. This doesn’t bode well for Capela’s chances, especially considering the fact that Capela missed the mark last season WITHOUT Westbrook.
I’m personally not expecting Capela to earn this $500,000 incentive.