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Probable first-round pick Clint Capela declares for NBA draft

Apr 24, 2014, 12:44 PM EDT

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The number of probable first-round picks who’ve declared for the 2014 NBA draft keeps rising.

Clint Capela is the latest.

The Swiss power forward who’s playing in the top French league is a likely first-round pick. He’s 6-foot-11 with a 7-foot-5 wingspan, springy and has a nose for the ball. But he doesn’t have a great feel once the ball is in his hands.

Capela will turn 20 before the draft, and he’s just beginning to realize his rebounding/shot-blocking potential in Europe. How much a team believes he can refine his shooting and ball-handling will determine just where he gets picked. My bet is middle of the first round.

Capela has a $500,000 buyout, he told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, but that’s within the range teams can contribute without it counting against team salary. It shouldn’t significantly, if at all, affect his draft stock.

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French forward Damien Inglis is also declaring for the draft, according to Spears. Inglis is more likely to fall in the second round-to-undrafted range.

Before the season, Inglis signed a three-year contract, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express. Unlike Capela, buyout issues could drop Inglis.

But he has one major positive going for him: his age. Just two players remained 19 all of this season – Giannis Antetokounmpo and Archie Goodwin. Inglis could do it next season. That might convince a team to draft and develop him – or draft him and leave him overseas to develop.

  1. aurelh23 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    He seems like a perfect SPURS draft choice.

    Draft at 20, stash for 2/3 years overseas and become an all-star.

    • rubendealba - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      I agree and think he would be a great pick for the Spurs, I’m just not sure how late the Spurs will be picking, my guess is somewhere in the last 4 picks of the first round. This kid might not fall that far.

      • nadoinspincity - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        Its by record, so the Spurs who had the best regular season record will have the 30th pick in the draft.

  2. kb2408 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Who?!

  3. saint1997 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Don’t sleep on Archie Goodwin, that kid can ball and I see him becoming a Monta Ellis type scorer

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