Clint Capela
Clint Capela
25-Year-Old CenterC
Atlanta Hawks
Out
Injury Heel
Est. Return 3/6/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After signing a huge five-year, $90 million extension last offseason, Capela was highly productive in his first season as Houston's starter at center. He lived up to expectations by posting career highs in points (16.6), rebounds (12.7) and assists (1.4), adding 1.5 blocks in 33.6 minutes per game. He was one of the top shooters in the league from the floor, sporting a 64.8 field goal percentage, and Capela has shot at least 64.0 percent from the floor for three straight seasons. He also finished third in the league with 4.4 offensive rebounds per game, and his ability to crash the boards gives him a high fantasy floor. Capela took a lot of flak the last time he was on the floor, averaging 8.8 points and 10.0 rebounds on 53.5 percent shooting from the floor in the Rockets' loss the Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals. He will look to redeem himself this season as he continues to elevate his play. Russell Westbrook is a skilled rebounder and scorer and may cut into Capela's production in those two categories, but there is virtually no competition for playing time at center, with Isaiah Hartenstein and the aging Tyson Chandler backing him up. Expect big minutes from Capela this season, with a strong likelihood of a double-double average for the third straight season, a high field-goal percentage, and a healthy amount of blocks. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $90 million contract with the Rockets in July of 2018. Traded to the Hawks in February of 2020.
Out for 'weeks'
CAtlanta Hawks
Heel
February 19, 2020
Coach Lloyd Pierce noted it will be "weeks" before Capela (heel) will play, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
ANALYSIS
Still dealing with plantar fasciitis, Capela will be sidelined for the foreseeable future. The Hawks, who entered the All-Star break with a 15-41 record, have no reason to rush Capela back. More information on a timetable for his return should emerge as he hits various milestones in his recovery.
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After being in a positional timeshare for a few years in a row, Capela finally became the Rockets' full-time center in 2017-18, averaging 27.5 minutes per game. That uptick in workload allowed the 6-foot-10 big man to post career highs of 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. He also finished with an outstanding 65.2 percent clip from the field, which along with his blocks per game (4th overall), landed him among the league leaders. Playing alongside elite ball-handlers and creators like James Harden and Chris Paul allowed Capela to thrive in the pick-and-rolls and gave him open look after open look. With those three really thriving and nearly taking down the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Rockets opted to re-sign Capela this offseason as a restricted free agent, giving him a five-year, $90 million extension. That locks him in as the center of the future and guarantees he'll be seeing big minutes for the foreseeable future. Other than the addition of Carmelo Anthony, who's expected to come off the bench, there were no other additions that should impact the speed and flow of the offense, so Capela is going to continue to get plenty of easy buckets alongside Harden and Paul. While he doesn't have any semblance of a three-point shot and it's worth it to note that he shot just 56 percent from the free-throw line last season, Capela's combination of points, rebounds and blocks should bring him into consideration as a top-10 center and a top-50 selection overall in the majority of formats.
Capela didn't take as big of a step forward as most expected in his third season with the Rockets, which was only further dampened by a 15-game absence in the midde of the year because of a fractured left fibula. Still, when he was available, Capela took over as the full-time starter and posted career highs in points (12.6), rebounds (8.1), assists (1.0) and blocks (1.2). He still didn't get a ton of run overall at just 23.9 minutes per game, as the Rockets often gave extended run to veteran Nene Hilario and Montrezl Harrell at times depending on the matchup. While Harrell is gone, Hilario is back once again and could continue to eat up some of Capela's minutes off the bench. That being said, Capela is locked in as the team's starting center and should benefit once again from the playmaking ability of James Harden. The Rockets also traded for another elite passer in Chris Paul this offseason, which should add even more open looks for Capela, especially as a key pick-and-roll option. Now that he's a full offseason away from his fractured fibula and Harrell is no longer on the team, Capela could be in line for a larger workload. With more open looks and the potential for added playing time, Capela could once again see his numbers slowly rise across the board.
After appearing in only 12 games as a rookie, the Capela had a minor breakout in Year 2, emerging as one of the more intriguing young big men in the Western Conference. In 19.1 minutes per game, the Swiss big man averaged 7.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while shooting 58.2 percent from the field. Capela worked as a starter for half of the season before then-coach J.B. Bickerstaff scrapped the idea of playing Capela and Dwight Howard together. With Howard now in Atlanta, the center position is Capela’s for the taking. That should entail a fairly significant minutes increase, especially considering the options behind him -- aging veteran Nene Hilario and rookie Chinanu Onuaku. Capela will be asked to do the dirty work for what will be a fast-paced Houston offense, but he’ll also work as James Harden’s pick-and-roll partner. Last season, nearly 80 percent of Capela’s field-goal attempts came from within three feet, a trend that’s likely to continue as the Rockets try to develop him into their version of an in-his-prime Tyson Chandler.
Even though he spent the vast majority of his season playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-League last season, Capela did see some NBA action late in the season. In his rookie season, he averaged 2.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.2 assits, 0.1 steals, and 0.8 blocks in eight minutes per game through 12 contests. The Swiss big man shot 48 percent from the field in his brief time with the Rockets and was thrown into action because of all the injuries the Rockets' big men faced this year. While he was a star over in Europe, Capela is still working on translating his game to the NBA, and a knee injury keeping him out of summer league this offseason doesn't help his development. Capela is a very raw offensive player with the abilty to use his size and strength to grab a lot of rebounds and block shots. With only Donatas Motiejunas and Dwight Howard ahead of him on the depth chart, it is possible that, as long as he remains healthy, he gets some minutes this season considering that both Howard and Motiejunas are coming off of their own respective injuries from last year.
At 6-11, 211 pounds, Capela, the Rockets' first-round pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, is an extremely athletic big man who can run the floor and who also has a chance of becoming a defensive force with elite shot blocking potential. Capela is a native of Switzerland and has been playing in France for the past three years with Elan Chalon of the LNB Pro A League. After the 2014 season in France, Capela was named the French League Rising Star, along with being recognized as the French League Most Improved Player. Capela has a long road ahead of him if he's trying to get playing time with the Rockets in the next few seasons. He'll probably come in entrenched near the bottom of the power forward depth chart as a developmental project. With the Rockets expected to make another playoff run this season, it's tough to see Capela getting many minutes as a rookie, and he'll have to show an extremely improved game to get a larger share of playing time. It's always questionable how well international players will adapt to the NBA game.
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Won't play Thursday
CAtlanta Hawks
Heel
February 19, 2020
Capela (heel) will not make his Hawks debut Thursday against the Heat, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Sits out practice Tuesday
CAtlanta Hawks
Heel
February 18, 2020
Capela (heel) did not participate in practice Tuesday, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
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Out through All-Star break
CAtlanta Hawks
Heel
February 9, 2020
Capela (heel) hopes to return coming out of the All-Star break, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Won't debut Sunday
CAtlanta Hawks
Heel
February 8, 2020
Capela (heel) remains out Sunday against the Knicks, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
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Will not play Friday
CAtlanta Hawks
Heel
February 6, 2020
Capela (heel) remains out Friday against the Celtics, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
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