11 Houston Rockets' role players who will never be forgotten

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11. Clint Capela

Clint Capela was one of Daryl Morey's few gems in the first-round of the NBA Draft. The 6'11 center thrived in the pick-and-roll and was a lynchpin on the defensive end.

Capela would be higher on this list if he played a bit longer with the franchise, as he served as the full-time starter for just four seasons.

Capela continued to improve statistically after becoming a starter, as he averaged 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds in 2016-17, 13.9 points and 10.8 rebounds in 2017-18, 16.6 points and 12.7 rebounds in 2018-19, and 13.8 rebounds in 2019-20, along with 13.9 points (a slight regression, but you get the point).

The Switzerland-native had a great showing in the opening-round of the 2018 playoffs, as he averaged 15.8 points (on 67.3 percent shooting), 14.2 rebounds, and 2 blocks, while significantly limiting Minnesota Timberwolves superstar big man Karl Anthony-Towns, who averaged just 15.2 points (on 46.7 percent shooting) and 13.4 rebounds.

Capela was dealt by the Rockets in 2019-20, which had a drastic impact on James Harden, as he no longer had his lob threat.