Clint CapelaHt/Wt: 6' 11" / 210 lbs
2014 Draft Profile - Clint CapelaStrengths:
Capela has elite level athleticism. He can run the floor as good as any big man in the NBA, and can absolutely jump out of the gym. He is a very solid finisher around the rim, showing the ability to go through contact to finish strong with a dunk or layup.
He is still a raw prospect but seems to possess some good instincts already. He has shown the ability to make some tough passes that you normally don’t see. His skill set also makes him a terror on the pick-and-roll and he is tough to stop once he gets a head of steam.
Capela has also shown the beginnings of a post game, though it is very raw at this stage. While it will need some work he has flashed the ability to turn over both shoulders. If that can develop it would go a long way towards shaping his offensive game.
Defensively he possesses the necessary tools to become a terror on that end of the court. He has great lateral quickness for his size, allowing him to show hard on the pick-and-roll, and has even shown the ability to switch on smaller players.
To say Capela is raw would be a huge understatement. Because he hasn’t been playing the game that long, his basketball IQ suffers and he can look lost at times, especially amongst players who can match up with him physically.
Despite possessing excellent physical gifts, he doesn’t grab nearly the amount of rebounds you would expect, mostly due to bad positioning. He can fade to the background at times, disappearing on the court when he could be a force.
He could also stand to add some strength as he tends to be pushed around far too much, even by smaller players.
While he has shown some bare bones offensive skills, he will basically be starting from scratch on that end of the floor. His shooting form, and post moves will all need to built from the ground up.
Coming in, he will be much like early Derrick Favors, possessing all of the physical tools and showing signs, but lacking consistency and polish. Time will tell whether he develops the way Favors or Amir Johnson did, but it could pay off in the end as he has one of the higher ceilings in the draft.
PPG: 9.2 RPG: 7.2 APG: 1.3 SPG: 0.7 BPG: 1.7 FG%: 64.5 FT%: 58.1
Player profile submitted by: Corey Hansford - April 24th
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