One of the more interesting assets that Caboclo brings to the Houston Rockets is his size, though, as we all know, coach Mike D’Antoni loves the small-ball lineup. When MDA employs this lineup, it leaves the Rockets significantly undersized, which Caboclo can instantly improve.
Although this is an unconventional offensive approach, it brings a benefit on the offensive end because the Rockets are starting five 3-point shooters on any given night, which compensates for the lack of rebounds since the Rockets will need fewer possessions to score points.
But there will be moments when the Rockets will need size, as we can’t expect PJ Tucker to play center every night, especially against teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, who have three legitimate bigs in Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard, not to mention LeBron James.
Enter Caboclo, who stands 6-foot-9 and weighs 218 pounds, which is a tremendous addition from a size standpoint. Caboclo’s build is part of the reason he was once labeled “The Brazilian Kevin Durant“, as they both have a similar frame. Caboclo will be one of the tallest players in Mike D’Antoni’s rotations and will likely play center whenever he’s on the floor.
Another benefit regarding Caboclo’s physical dimensions is the fact that he has a 7-foot-7 wingspan, which provides a variety of advantages for the Houston Rockets, as his long arms allow him to contest shots and battle on the glass, not to mention hustle for loose balls.
In addition, his frame allows him to play the passing lanes and get deflections, which could very well turn into steals and fastbreak points.
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