I wrote about the incentives in Clint Capela’s contract earlier today for Forbes, focusing specifically on the likely incentive that Capela will finish with a defensive rebounding percentage above 30%. As I explained, that bonus is considered ‘likely’ because it was achieved last season. Among players to appear in at least fifty games, Capela was sixth in the league in defensive rebounding percentage. In other words, the Rockets big man was one of the best rebounders in the league last season.
Capela improved to 30.7% last season, up from 25% in 2016-2017. His total rebound percentage improved from 18.8% to 22.0%. If you watched the Rockets last year, you are well aware that Capela improved greatly. In fact, the statistics are pretty eye popping. He averaged 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks in just 27.5 minutes per game. Extrapolated out per 36 minutes, that line becomes a gaudy 18.2 points, 14.2 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game – essentially peak Dwight Howard.