Rating of Clint Capela’s performance in the 2021-22 NBA season
Clint Capela got off to a slow start after receiving a PRP injection in his Achilles in the offseason and missing all but one preseason game. After making a living finishing lanes courtesy of Trae Young, there was a noticeable lack of blast at the start of the season.
The slow start was exacerbated when Capela missed two games with Covid in December and six games with an ankle injury in January. Luckily for the Hawks, Capela started producing at a steady level in the second half of the season.
Despite improving as the season progressed, Capela took a big step back offensively in the 2021-22 campaign. His points per game went from 15.2 to 11.1, his offensive rebounds went from 4.7 to 3.8 per game, and his free throw attempts and free throw percentage also dropped. Capela went from the team’s fourth top scorer to 8th.
One of the biggest complaints fans have with Capela’s attacking game is his ability to finish on the edge. Unfortunately, no progress has been made in this area. Capela took 7 shot attempts per game at the rim on 64.7%. Compare that to last season’s 64.2 percent at the rim on 9.4 shot attempts, and that’s a wash at best.
In fact, there was only one other center in the league this season who shot a lower percentage at the rim on 7+ shot attempts per game is Portland Trail Blazer’s Jusuf Nurkic, with 62.1% on 7.3 attempts.
While Capela’s 11.1 ppg on 60.4 TS% is still respectable, it’s a major step in the wrong direction. Hopefully the long offseason gives Capela enough time to recover physically and mentally.