Clint Capela

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Clint Capela
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Capela with the Rockets in 2016
No. 15 – Houston Rockets
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1994-05-18) May 18, 1994 (age 24)
Geneva, Switzerland
Nationality Swiss
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school INSEP (Paris, France)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–2014 Élan Chalon
2014–present Houston Rockets
2014–2015 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Clint Capela (born May 18, 1994) is a Swiss professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Early life[edit]

Capela, whose parents are from Angola and the Congo, was born in Geneva, Switzerland.[1] His parents separated a few months after his birth, leaving his mother to raise him and his brothers by herself. His passion as a youngster was soccer, but due to being 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) as a 13-year-old, his eldest brother suggested he switch to basketball. At 15 years old, he was spotted at the European Junior Championships with the Swiss team and joined the Chalon-sur-Saône training center, INSEP, in France.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Élan Chalon (2012–2014)[edit]

In 2012, Capela joined the senior Élan Chalon team of the LNB Pro A.

On April 12, 2014, Capela represented the World Team at the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit.[3] Later that month, he declared for the 2014 NBA draft.[4] In May 2014, he was named the Best Young Player and Most Improved Player of the 2013–14 LNB Pro A season.[5]

Houston Rockets (2014–present)[edit]

On June 26, 2014, Capela was selected with the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets.[6][7] On July 25, 2014, he signed with the Rockets.[8] On March 30, 2015, Capela scored his first NBA points, finishing the game with eight points and nine rebounds in a 99–96 loss to the Toronto Raptors.[9] On April 13, he had a season-best game for the Rockets with 10 points and five rebounds in a win over the Charlotte Hornets.[10] During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.[11] Capela took a step forward in the postseason, when he saw minutes in place of the injured Donatas Motiejūnas. He appeared in more playoff games (17) than regular season contests in 2014–15 and averaged 3.4 points in 7.5 minutes per postseason game.[12]

In his second season, on November 6, 2015, Capela recorded his first career double-double with then career highs of 13 points and 12 rebounds as a starter in a 116–110 win over the Sacramento Kings.[13] On November 29, in an overtime win over the New York Knicks, Capela recorded his third double-double over a span of four games, including a career-high 18 points.[14] During the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend, Capela competed for the World Team in the Rising Stars Challenge. On April 13, in the Rockets' season finale, Capela recorded a career-high 17 rebounds in a 116–81 win over Sacramento.[15]

On November 19, 2016, Capela scored a career-high 20 points in a 111–102 win over the Utah Jazz.[16] On November 27, 2016, he set a new career high with 21 points against the Portland Trail Blazers.[17] On December 19, 2016, he was ruled out for six weeks after suffering a broken fibula.[18] He returned to action on January 17, 2017 against the Miami Heat after missing 15 games; he started the game against Miami but was scoreless in nine minutes.[19] He went on to score 22 points on both January 20 and February 22, before recording a 24-point effort on March 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies.[17]

On October 18, 2017, Capela had 22 points and matched his career high with 17 rebounds in a 105–100 win over the Sacramento Kings.[20] Seven days later, he had 16 points and 20 rebounds in a 105–104 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.[21] On December 11, 2017, he had a career-high 28 points in a 130–123 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.[22] By Christmas, Capela had accumulated 16 double-doubles in 28 games and ranked first in the NBA in field goal percentage.[23] On February 9, 2018, he recorded 23 points and a career-high 25 rebounds in a 130–104 win over the Denver Nuggets, earning his first 20-point, 20-rebound game of his career. He became the youngest Rocket to have at least 23 points and 25 rebounds in a game since Hakeem Olajuwon had 30 points and 25 rebounds against the Knicks on February 14, 1985.[24] In Game 5 of the Rockets' first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Capela had 26 points and 15 rebounds in a 122–104 series-clinching win.[25]

National team career[edit]

In August 2013, Capela debuted for the Swiss national basketball team at the FIBA EuroBasket 2015 qualification rounds.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

NBA[edit]

Regular season
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Houston 12 0 7.5 .483 - .174 3.0 .2 .1 .8 2.7
2015–16 Houston 77 35 19.1 .582 .000 .379 6.4 .6 .8 1.2 7.0
2016–17 Houston 57 51 23.6 .643 - .531 8.1 1.0 .5 1.2 12.6
2017–18 Houston 74 74 27.5 .652* .000 .560 10.8 .9 .8 1.9 13.9
Career 228 168 22.6 .629 .000 .482 8.1 .8 .7 1.4 10.6
Playoffs
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015 Houston 17 0 7.5 .677 - .517 2.5 .3 .2 .5 3.4
2016 Houston 5 0 8.6 .333 - .400 4.0 .4 .6 .4 1.6
2017 Houston 11 11 26.0 .561 .000 .615 8.7 1.1 .7 2.5 10.5
2018 Houston 17 17 30.6 .660 - .473 11.6 1.3 .8 2.1 12.7
Career 50 28 19.5 .620 .000 .523 7.1 .8 .6 1.5 7.9

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2012–13 Élan Chalon 7 0 8.0 .636 .000 1.000 3.0 .3 .4 .7 2.3 4.9
Career 7 0 8.0 .636 .000 1.000 3.0 .3 .4 .7 2.3 4.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NBA players express shock, sympathy over Paris terrorist tragedy". ESPN.com. November 14, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ Jaquet, Aurélie (November 16, 2016). "Clint Capela à la conquête de l'Ouest". illustre.ch (in French). Retrieved December 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ "2014 Nike Hoop Summit: World Team Recap - NBADraft.net". 
  4. ^ "Clint Capela officially declares for the 2014 NBA Draft". 
  5. ^ "Capela, Falker, Diot and Dobbins win French Pro Awards". 
  6. ^ "2014 NBA Draft: Rockets get a B for picking Clint Capela at No. 25". 
  7. ^ "Rockets Introduce Capela and Johnson - Houston Rockets". 
  8. ^ TEGNA. "KHOU - Houston Flights, Traffic, Road Conditions, Traffic Cams, Maps - KHOU.com". 
  9. ^ Feigen, Jonathan (March 31, 2015). "Clint Capela leaves good impression after performance in Toronto". Chron.com. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Rockets at Hornets". 
  11. ^ "2014-15 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  12. ^ Rockets To Pick Up 2016/17 Option On Clint Capela Archived 2015-09-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ "Rockets vs Kings". 
  14. ^ "Rockets vs Knicks". 
  15. ^ "Kings vs Rockets". 
  16. ^ "Harden, Rockets beat Jazz, improve to 4-1 at home". ESPN.com. November 19, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 
  17. ^ a b "Clint Capela 2016-17 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018. 
  18. ^ Moore, Matt (December 19, 2016). "Rockets center Clint Capela out up to six weeks with fractured fibula". CBSSports.com. Retrieved December 19, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Dragic scores 21 and Heat stun Rockets, 109-103". ESPN.com. January 17, 2017. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Harden, Houston spoil another opener, win 105-100 at Kings". ESPN.com. October 18, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Eric Gordon hits 3 at the buzzer to lift Rockets past 76ers". ESPN.com. October 25, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Capela, Harden lead Rockets over Pelicans 130-123". ESPN.com. December 11, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2017. 
  23. ^ Feigen, Jonathan (December 24, 2017). "Rockets injury report: Clint Capela and Chris Paul improving". chron.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018. 
  24. ^ "Harden, Capela lead Rockets to 130-104 win over Nuggets". ESPN.com. February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 9, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Capela scores 26; Rockets eliminate Wolves with 122-104 win". ESPN.com. April 25, 2018. Retrieved April 26, 2018. 

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