The coronavirus’s impact on the 2019-20 NBA season made it easy to forget the Hawks acquired Capela from the Houston Rockets. Instead of grabbing James Harden‘s missed shots, Capela joined a team trying to regain its winning ways in the Eastern Conference.
Much like Hawks fans can thank their front office for landing Capela last year, the veteran big man owes his older brothers for inspiring him not only to play basketball, but also how to improve his personal fashion.
Clint Capela is a rising star big man
Houston selected Clint Capela late in the 2014 NBA draft’s first round, and the talented big man is still only 26.
Capela, who grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, doesn’t turn 27 until May 18. That is great news for the Atlanta Hawks, who acquired Capela last winter.
Originally a backup center behind Dwight Howard, Capela grew into a starter for the Rockets and averaged a double-double in his final three seasons in Houston. From October 2016 through January 2019, Capela averaged 14.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per night across 245 games and 29 minutes a night.
Capela held his own in the postseason, averaging 11.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks across 39 playoff games in those three seasons.
Capela has emerged as a bright spot for the Hawks
Houston traded Clint Capela, then out with plantar fasciitis, and Nenê to the Atlanta Hawks in a four-team, 12-player trade on Feb. 5, 2020.
His injury and the coronavirus pandemic meant that Capela didn’t suit up for the Hawks until December 2020.
Capela has more than lived up to expectations in his first six games with the Hawks. The veteran big man averaged 10.2 points and 13.2 rebounds in 26.2 minutes with the Hawks, who split their first eight games.
For comparison, Atlanta went 20-47 before the league took a pause last March.
Clint Capela can thank his brothers for basketball and fashion
Clint Capela owes much of his career to his older brother, Landry.
While still in Switzerland, Landry served as Clint’s mentor and protector. According to houstoniamag.com, Landry — who stood 6 feet 4 inches at age 13 — told Clint, a devoted soccer fan and player, to learn how to play basketball.
Clint eventually outgrew his brother and focused on basketball. Clearly, the younger Capela made the right decision.
Another brother, Fabrice, played a major role in Capela’s American life. Clint told closeup360.com in November 2019 that Fabrice inspired his younger brother to improve on his fashion.
“I remember in his room, he always had a bunch of different clothes and stuff like that,” Clint Capela said. “So now also, he got me into the glasses game, so I thank him for that.”
Clint said Fabrice still gives his younger brother ideas on the latest styles and fashion trends.