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NBA 2017-18: 5 Most Economical Contracts

Yash Matange
Modified 07 Feb 2018, 17:29 IST
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#4 Clint Capela - Houston Rockets

Clint Capela
Clint Capela

Contract: 4 years and $6 million (signed in 2014)

Season averages (47 games): 14.3 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 65.7 FG%

Clint Capela isn't one of the two best players on the Houston Rockets, so he wasn't in contention for a possible All-Star spot. His image and play aren't big enough for the team to market him alongside James Harden and Chris Paul as a Big 3. In addition, a lot of his value and impact is based off and dependent on the team's ball-handler.

Having said that, his value is undeniable. He ranks 17th in the league in Win Shares (6.4) and 5th in Win Shares Per 48 Minutes (.243). He is the third Rockets' member of the Top 5 in the second of the above-mentioned lists. If that isn't enough, how about this stat - Houston is 23-1 when the trio of Harden, Paul, and Capela play together.

He might not be the ideal big man in the current NBA but he is the ideal center for the Rockets' system - an agile seven-footer who can roll hard to the basket, battle hard on the glass on both ends of the floor and alter shots defensively. An underrated stat - he leads the league in field goal percentage (.657).

To get all of these benefits at just $2.3 million for this season is arguably the best bargain in the league for the Rockets, especially in the current salary cap.

Published 07 Feb 2018, 17:29 IST
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