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Clint Capela

  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-10 / 222
  • Birthdate: 05/18/1994
  • Club/Team: Chalon (France)
Round 1: Pick 25
Drafted By: Houston Rockets 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths:

 

  • Very athletic, runs court very well
  • NBA body with excellent hops
  • Excels in transition and around the basket
  • Good pick & roll player
  • Good shot-blocking instincts

 

Weaknesses:

  • Needs to improve decision making
  • Work ethic and effort need improvement
  • Shooting release slow, needs to improve all shooting aspects.
  • Needs to increase his basketball IQ

 

NBA Projection: First round athleticism and size but not first round skill level. It'll take him a few years but if a team is picking on potential he'll be gone by the late part of the 1st round..

 

2013-2014 Season:

Capela was very productive in his time on the floor this season, mainly scoring in transition or on put-backs. He shot a very high FG percentage mainly a result of not stepping out much. FT % was poor, indicating that he needs to develop an outside game.

 

Key Statistics:

9.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.5 bpg, 22.0 mpg, .635 2PT, .582 FT (France)

11.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.3 apg, 1.2 bpg, 19.4 mpg, .718 2PT, .476 FT (Eurocup)

 

Cool Statistic:

Capela made 71.8% of his field goal attempts (51-of-71) over ten Eurocup games this season.

 

Reminds Me Of:

Serge Ibaka

 

What Insiders say:

Carl Berman, NetScouts Basketball

"I was slightly disappointed by Capela's showing at the Nike Hoop Summit. He appeared disengaged somewhat during practices and did not stand out in the game. That said, Capela has the physical and athletic profile to excel in the NBA. But it will take time and much work on his part"

 

Domenico Pezzella, SportLab Agency (Italy)

"The prototype of the athletic player. He is able to run the floor very well for his height and finishes above the rim with layups or slam dunks. He is not afraid of contact and has recently developed good passing skills. A good pick and roll player offensively and defensively, where he can be used to shows off his best skills. He needs to be more focused on the floor throughout the game and improve his decision making. Needs to get stronger and improve his work ethic".

 

Kris Habbas, NBA Draft Insider

"Physically and athletically Capela resembles a lottery pick in any draft with his ability to jump out of the gym and impact the game as a shot-blocker. Right now he is a very raw athlete that has a ways to go with his hands, footwork, and motor as a whole. His shooting mechanics are slow, but he gets the ball off at a high point with good motion, and just needs to gain consistency as well as a quicker release to become a serviceable shooter. At this point he is a raw, blank canvas that will be a run and jump athlete for a few years until he gains more basketball IQ for the next level."

 

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Nineteen-year-old Clint Capela is a project, standing 6-foot-10, but just 207 pounds. A Swiss native, Capela played for Elan Chalon in France last season, and officially put his name into the Draft after playing for the World team at the Nike Hoop Summit last month.

 

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-- Carl Berman and Chris Denker are Managing Partners of NetScouts Basketball, "The International Basketball Connection."  You can follow NetScouts Basketball on twitter here, or follow Chris and Carl.