Apr 13, 2014
Mar 1, 2013
Aug 6, 2011
NBA Comparison: Ian Mahinmi/Amir Johnson
Strenghts: Capela is as good as any athlete ever coming from Europe … What really separates him is his explosiveness around the rim … He isn’t scared of contact and can really finish above the rim with one of two hands … He also can really run the floor on finding easy layups and dunks in transition … Capela is still a very raw talent with a lot of upside, but has also developed solid instinct, particularly on the defensive end … He also makes passes you would not expect from a player like him … His ability to finish around the rim is pretty good, which makes him a very dangerous player on Pick and Roll situation and circling around the basket … Defensively he is very quick, with good lateral movement and when locked in he can really be aggressive showing on pick and roll but also in switching situations … In a good day he can be absolutely dominant in the paint at the European level, and with focus could become an above average NBA defender over time …
Weaknesses: The biggest knock on Capela is his lack of basketball IQ … He frequently appears lost and often wants to make plays without understanding what is going on around him … He also should be an absolute monster due to his physical attributes but can lack aggressiveness on both ends of the court … Instead he shows laziness, playing behind opposing big men in the post when he should fight to deny entry pass or simply not getting into a low defensive stance on the perimeter … In addition his defensive technique on the block lacks fundamentals, many times two dribbles are enough to push him under the basket and finish over him … For a raw, very unskilled player like him, at this moment of his career, effort should always be stellar to compensate for his weaknesses … Too many times he is lazy on P&R situations, on calling the screens and even on running back on defense … Another very evident problem is his lack of strength around the basket where, even with his apparently very strong body, he is far too easily pushed around by much smaller opponents … He does not get enough boards, considering his great size and athleticism, his lack of technique hurts his productivity considerably … You can get away with that in the French League, but not in a League where players like Kenneth Faried would literally go around him every single time on the offensive glass … On the skill side there is obviously a lot of work to do … His shooting mechanics need to be rebuilt from scratch. The same is true for his post moves, where he has shown quickness and the ability to go over both shoulders but lacks a true go to move. Has the physical tools, but needs to be smarter, more focused and play hungrier for the entire 40 minutes … Offensively he must use his strength to make deep catches in order to finish until he will build a reliable offensive arsenal …
Notes: The Swiss born forward has been one of the most surprising prospects in Europe this season after a disappointing 2013 adidas Eurocamp in which he showed a lot of potential but lacked polish. He still has a ways to go to make the transition from prospect to player.
Rick Pietro 2/16/14