Clint Capela showcased his sense of humor, allowing it to shine for those that don't purchase a ticket and get to see the timeout videos that feature him at Rockets home games. More than that, his tweet last June was as perfect as it would prove to be prescient. With the Rockets' trade for Chris Paul complete, Capela photo-shopped his face over Wilt Chamberlain's in the iconic photo in which Chamberlain held a sign with the number 100, the points he had scored that 1962 night in Pennsylvania. Capela replaced "100" with the message "More Lobs" and sent out the twitter handles of James Harden and Paul. Nearly six months later, no one has been a more effective pick-and-roll finisher than Capela, with Monday's dunk-fest the latest demonstration of his ascent since he succeeded Dwight Howard - who returns to Toyota Center on Wednesday - as an often overlooked key to the Rockets' offense at center. "As crucial as are the point guards and the shooters, you have to have that force in the middle that runs the floor," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He's doing pretty good." He is doing so well, only Memphis' Marc Gasol has scored more pick-and-roll points than Capela, but his 63 field goals after receiving the pass in a pick and roll are just three more than Capela's and have come with 38 more attempts. Capela leads the NBA in field-goal percentage, making 67.7 percent of his shots, and he is scoring 67.9 percent of the time he is targeted in pick and roll. Not coincidentally, his 75 dunks lead the NBA.
Rockets center Clint Capela on a roll in his role
Houston Chronicle | Dec 14