By Darren Yuvan
What a year for the young man from Switzerland. He was just as big a part of the success for the Houston Rockets as James Harden and Chris Paul. Even if he wasn’t scoring as much as Houston’s two stars, the mere threat of his presence and the possibility of his thunderous alley-oops opened things up for Harden, Paul and others.
And when he did try to score, he was virtually impossible to stop. Capela led the NBA in field goal percentage, shooting 65.2 percent from the floor. And he also improved his free throw stroke as well. Endless hours in the gym shooting hundreds of free throws a day with John Lucas pushed his freebies up to a career-high 56 percent. It may not seem like much, but for a player that shot just 17 percent from the line in his first season, it’s incredible progress.
No longer a complete and total liability on the line, teams were more reluctant to employ a hack-a-Capela strategy, which kept him on the floor more. That improved shooting from the stripe combined with an increase in stamina and better lateral quickness to keep him active against just about any opposing lineup and resulted in a career-high 27.5 minutes per game....