Watching Clint Capela running with Team Africa for the last two years at Adidas Nations, you could see the potential he owns, but it seemed as if he was still a few years away. Well, after a season of receiving playing time for Chalon in both the French first division and EuroLeague, it appears that Capela will have the opportunity to bounce to the league sooner rather than later.
While Capela is a bit of an unknown to NBA Draft fans, he has been putting on a show in Europe for quite some time. He had strong showings in both the 2010 European U-16 Championships and 2011 U-18 European Championships for Switzerland. Playing at the highest level in Europe, Capela has played sparingly, but has shown glimpses of the player that he can become. In France’s top division, Capela has averaged 3 points and 3 rebounds in 9 minutes per game. In the EuroLeague (the best league in the world outside of the NBA), he hasn’t played quite as much, but put together a monster game against Spanish power Unicaja Malaga when he was given the opportunity. Capela had 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks in Chalon’s finale, and also finished the season 16th in the league in field goal percentage at 63.6%.
At Adidas Nations, Capela immediately stood out to us as an imposing physical specimen. At 6’9, he mixes a long wingspan with an outstanding frame that has the chance to be simply massive. The Swiss forward did the majority of his damage offensively around the rim by the way of put-backs and drop-offs. There were a few times that he stepped out and shot the ball from the perimeter, but had mixed results. Clint made his impact felt most on the defensive end, rebounding his area well and establishing himself as an imposing shot blocking threat. Most importantly, you could see a substantial amount of improvement in his game from the 2011 to 2012 Nations, making you imagine how far he could potentially go with his development.
NBAdraft.net currently has this 18-year old projected as the 45th pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, while DraftExpress lists him as the 36th best player for 2014′s Draft. Whether it’s ’13 or ’14 that Capela decides to throw his name in the Draft, he’s a guy who fans should get familiar with because they’ll be hearing about him quite soon.