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Clint Capela could be draft sleeper

Stats, comps indicate the 6-11 Swiss big man has serious NBA potential

Updated: June 26, 2014, 11:45 AM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

Clint Capela isn't your average sleeper.

Capela stands 6-foot-11 with a 7-4 1/2 wingspan and a leaping ability that makes him a regular presence around the rim at both ends of the floor. He seems engineered to be a scout's fancy, and yet, folks around the league are generally cool to the Swiss big man's game.

Still, while Capela is expected to be picked somewhere in the second half of the first round of tonight's NBA draft -- long after many fans will have turned off their TV sets -- his stellar production in France, playing for Elan Chalon at just 19 years old, is impossible to ignore.

My WARP projections have Capela as the No. 2 prospect in this year's field. Could he end up being the steal of the draft? I think so.

Here's why you should be happy if your favorite team ends up with Capela.

Three elite skills

Three things stand out from looking at Capela's translated statistics, which are based on his performance in the French Pro A League and the EuroCup international competition and adjusted to its NBA equivalents:

2-point percentage: Capela shot 63.8 percent against French competition, third best among players with at least 100 shot attempts. He was even better, at 71.8 percent, in 10 EuroCup games.

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