Clint Capela

#15 C / Houston Rockets / EXP: 3YRS Height: 6-10 Weight: 240 lb Age: 23 College: No College

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Clint 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.

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  • Capela totaled 17 points (7-11 FG), 13 rebounds and three blocks in a 104-82 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. This marks Capela's 11th double-double of the season, as he continues to provide fantasy owners with what they wanted when they drafted him. What's quietly been a nice surprise is his free-throw shooting, as Capela is setting a career-high with a 64 percent free-throw percentage. He's also providing nearly two blocks a game, as his value should only rise with Chris Paul back in the lineup.

  • Capela scored 12 points (6-11 FG, 0-3 FT), to go along with 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 21 minutes Thursday in Houston's win over Phoenix. Capela has made the leap from being a mobile big man with a lot of potential to being a bonafide difference maker for the perimeter-heavy Rockets. He is the ideal big man for coach Mike D'Antoni's system that is predicated on speed and spacing. The paint is left without much clutter for Capela to deal with, a result of Houston's extensive collection of shooters. Capela leads the league in field-goal percentage at 68.4 for all players that have attempted at least 60 shots. He checks in behind only Detroit's Andre Drummond (221) and New Orleans' DeMarcus Cousins (205) in total rebounds with 182. He has the opportunity to develop alongside James Harden, and his fantasy ceiling will continue to rise.

  • Capela scored 20 points (9-12 FG, 2-3 FT) while adding 17 rebounds, an assist and a block in 32 minutes during Sunday's 118-95 win over the Pacers. Indiana's frontcourt had no answer for the 23-year-old's length and athleticism, and James Harden had a double-double by halftime largely as a result of feeding Capela for dunks and easy buckets. While his scoring remains somewhat inconsistent in an offense geared towards the perimeter, Capela has grabbed double-digit boards in nine of 14 games so far this season, putting him on pace to shatter his previous career high in that category.

  • Capela posted 18 points (7-9 FG, 5-9 FT), 13 rebounds, four blocked shots and an assist across 31 minutes in Thursday's 117-113 win over the Cavaliers. Any early-season doubters of Capela have fallen by the wayside. The 23-year-old is the real deal. Thursday marked his seventh double-double in the first twelve games of the season, which puts him near the top among centers in that category. His four blocked shots prove he's not just a scorer and rebounder, as he's put out balanced stat lines every night. Most of the league's big men specialize in boards or blocks, but Capela could be one of the safest bets in fantasy due to steady production in every category.

  • Capela recorded 12 points (6-10 FG), 13 rebounds, two assists, a steal and three blocked shots across 28 minutes in Wednesday's 119-97 win over the Knicks. Capela was targeted to have a breakout year by many NBA pundits, and so far it seems that prediction is panning out, as he's averaging a double-double (13.3 points and 11.4 rebounds) over the first nine games of the season. Capela and the Rockets stifled Kristaps Porzingis the entire game, holding him to a season-low score. Capela should have another productive night in Atlanta on Friday, where he'll face a more inexperienced Dewayne Dedmon in the paint.

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