Houston Rockets big man Clint Capela has grown by leaps and bounds in just three short years in the NBA. He finally made the jump as a dependable starter last season, as he averaged 12.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 24 minutes per game for the Rockets.
Capela still isn’t contented with his playing time, though. Ben DuBose of Locked On Rockets reports that the Rockets big man has worked on his strength and conditioning this offseason in hopes of being able to increase his average to around 28 minutes per game.
Clint Capela says he worked on his strength and stamina this summer, hopes to average "at least" 27-28 minutes per game. (At 24 last year.)
— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) September 26, 2017
Clint Capela, who is eligible for a contract extension with the Rockets this offseason, looks like the long-term center in Houston. He’s a perfect fit in what the Rockets want to do offensively because of his ability as a roll man, and also has the potential to be an outstanding defender. The role of the team’s primary big man is his for the taking, and he’s apparently doing the necessary work to earn that status.
Capela split time with Nene, who played 18 minutes per game last season in the Rockets’ center platoon. But with the veteran center now 36 years old and Capela preparing himself better physically, there’s a good chance Capela succeeds in getting the minutes distribution to lean a bit more toward him this season.