|Team Ranking||PTS/G||OPP PTS/G|
|Southwest Division||106.5 (1st)||106.4 (4th)|
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Capela will have to fend off Nene Hilario for the Rockets' starting center position, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
With Dwight Howard heading to Atlanta, Capela was instantly considered a lock to take over his role. However, Nene Hilario was brought in on a one-year contract this offseason and will have a chance to stake his claim in the matter. While Hilario legitimately has a chance to start, Capela is likely the leader still with the preseason approaching, and at age 22, compared to Hilario at age 34, Capela should have the fresher legs and the ability to take on a larger allotment of minutes.
Hilario will compete with Clint Capela for the Rockets' starting center position, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Coming into training camp, it appeared to be a foregone conclusion that third-year center Clint Capela would take on a starter's role with Dwight Howard now in Atlanta. However, Hilario, a 12-year NBA veteran, has apparently started camp in impressive fashion and will have an opportunity to claim a starter's role. Whether he's in the starting lineup or not, the 34-year-old Hilario still likely won't be relied upon for extended minutes throughout the season, so Capela would have a significant role off the bench if that were the case. We should get a clearer indication of who has the leg once preseason games begin.
Beverley, who was cleared for full practice Tuesday, is expected to remain in the starting lineup to begin the season, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Coach Mike D'Antoni raised some eyebrows at Monday's media day when he intimated that James Harden would often function as the Rockets' point guard, which led to speculation that Beverley could be moved into a bench role. It doesn't look like that will be the case, however, as D'Antoni clarified Tuesday that still envisions Harden and Beverley sharing the backcourt. "Oh yeah, yeah, oh yeah," D'Antoni said. "[Beverley] can play off the ball, on the ball. He's a great defensive player so there's a lot of spots he can play." Beverley has served as the Rockets' primary starting point guard for the last three seasons, though Harden is often the one tasked with initiating offense and handling the ball in transition. Even under a new coaching regime, that's not likely to change this season, though the addition of free agent Eric Gordon threatens to cut into Beverley's workload.
Beverley had been limited due to a cut on his foot, but he returned to practicing at full speed Tuesday and should be considered healthy going forward. As of now, Beverley is penciled into the
Beverley was held out of the afternoon portion of Saturday's practice as a result of the injury, and while he'll face some restrictions Sunday, he's still expected to take part in some drills. The
|2015-16 Team Leaders|
|PPG||James Harden , SG||29|
|RPG||Dwight Howard , C||11.8|
|APG||James Harden , SG||7.5|
|FG%||Dwight Howard , C||62|
|FT%||James Harden , SG||86|
|3P%||Patrick Beverley , PG||40|
|BLOCKS||Dwight Howard , C||113|
|STEALS||Trevor Ariza , SG||160|
|MPG||James Harden , SG||38.1|
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