One of Caboclo’s biggest strengths is his ability to grab rebounds, which is especially helpful for a Houston Rockets team that has recently struggled in this department. The Rockets are likely going to be dominated on the glass whenever they employ the small-ball lineup because they simply don’t have the size to fight and battle on the glass with seven-footers.
Caboclo could very well end up becoming the Rockets’ leading rebounder, so long as he gets the necessary playing time. The 24-year-old Caboclo has averaged 8.2 rebounds per 36 minutes this season for the Grizzlies and averaged at least seven rebounds per 36 minutes during each of the last two seasons as well.
With the departure of Clint Capela, the Rockets gave up one of the best rebounders in the league, so Caboclo will be relied upon to replace some of that production.
During the Brazilian-native’s time in the G League, he’s averaged at least 9.2 rebounds per 36 minutes during each of the past two seasons, although this year has been a much different story. All in all, he’s been a much better defensive rebounder, which is the area in which the Houston Rockets have struggled more on the glass.
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