Robert Covington
Robert Covington
Robert Covington
Robert Covington
27-Year-Old F
2017–18 NBA Stats
2018–19 NBA Projections
PTS
12.6
REB
5.4
AST
2.0
STL
1.7
BLK
0.9
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REB
AST
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2017–18 Fantasy Outlook
Covington has emerged as one of the best defenders in the league, placing fourth in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, albeit a distant fourth. In his three seasons as a 76er, he has developed into a reliable role player. He provides Fantasy value as a rare player abl... read more
Covington has emerged as one of the best defenders in the league, placing fourth in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, albeit a distant fourth. In his three seasons as a 76er, he has developed into a reliable role player. He provides Fantasy value as a rare player able to contribute in threes, steals, and blocks, and he also scores and rebounds at a solid clip. In 2016-17, he recorded the 11th most steals in the league, and the fourth most per game. However, his game also comes with some risk. He has yet to play more than 70 games in a season, his three-point percentage has gotten worse each year he’s been with the 76ers, and he has shot below 40 percent from the field in all three of his seasons as a 76er. Earlier in his career, he lost time to knee injuries and a concussion. In 2016-17, he missed games due to a back injury, a hand injury, a head contusion that reportedly was not a concussion, and then another knee injury. The improved talent around him in 2017-18 should spread the floor, and help improve his offensive efficiency, though he is likely to remain a net negative in that area. Covington’s ability to play shooting guard, small forward, or power forward will help him earn time on a depth chart that suddenly has more talented players than starting positions. He may lose some time and offensive touches due to the upgraded roster, but his defensive prowess should ensure that he sees enough court time to remain a Fantasy factor.
HT: 6'9"    WT: 215 lbs.    DOB: 12/14/1990    College: Tennessee State    Drafted: NoShow Contract
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Robert Covington Contract Info:
Signed a four-year, $4.59 million contract with the 76ers in November of 2014.
Undergoes successful surgery on finger
FPhiladelphia 76ers
Finger
May 17, 2018
Covington underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair the extensor tendon in his left middle finger, Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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Robert Covington 2017–18 Depth Chart Status
#1 Small Forward
#2 Power Forward, #7 Shooting Guard
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  1. Robert Covington 2017–18 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Robert Covington 2016–17 Preseason Outlook
    Though knee injuries and a concussion limited him to 67 games last season, Covington asserted himself as the Sixers’ top threat from downtown once healthy, knocking down 2.5 treys per game while hitting them at a 35.3 percent clip. In addition, he established himself as more of a reliable defender, collecting 1.6 steals and 6.3 rebounds per game, both of which were improvements over his marks from the 2014-15 campaign. The rebounding spike may have been fueled in part by coach Brett Brown’s willingness to deploy Covington as a stretch four, where he was able to use his 6-foot-9, 215-pound frame to hold his own against bigger players. Although Covington proved to be a better fit at power forward defensively, he’ll likely have to spend even more time on the wing during the coming season, as Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric figure to absorb the bulk of the minutes in the frontcourt. Those players, along with the offseason additions of guards Jerryd Bayless and Gerald Henderson, may result in Covington seeing a decline in attempts, but his dependable three-point shooting on a roster that’s generally lacking in that department ensures that he’ll have an important place in Brown’s rotation.
  3. Robert Covington 2015–16 Preseason Outlook
    At one time destined to live out his days in the D-League, Robert Covington was plucked from the Grand Rapids Drive by the 76ers in mid-November last season, weeks after the Rockets waived him, and the Sixers carved out a significant role for Covington during his sophomore season. Through 70 games, Covington averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 2.4 three-pointers in 28 minutes per game. His reliance on perimeter shots, combined with constant defensive aggression leading to one of the league's highest rate of contested shots, diminished Covington's field goal percentage to 40 percent, but his silky shooting stroke yielded an 82 percent free-throw mark. Through 77 career games, Covington's 171 made three-pointers matched the Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard for most three-pointers at that point in their career. Covington's versatility allowed coach Brett Brown to use him at shooting guard, small forward, and power forward, and Covington was a staple in the starting lineup from mid-December through February, losing his stranglehold on the position when Jason Richardson returned from a two-year hiatus. The 24-year-old forward's contract this upcoming season is not fully guaranteed until January, but the development he displayed last season should be enough to help him reclaim the starting small forward gig.
  4. Robert Covington 2014–15 Preseason Outlook
    Covington didn't get a chance to play his way into a role during his rookie season, as he finished playing in only seven games with the Rockets. For the entire 2013-14 year, he finished averaging 2.3 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.3 steals, and 0.6 three-pointers made, in five minutes per game. He also seemed to struggle during the summer league schedule this year, where he averaged a meager 7.5 points per game against lesser competition. Covington is going to have a tough time finding minutes this season, as the power forward position is stacked with bodies. Starter Terrence Jones is coming off a solid second season in the league, along with holdover Donatas Motiejunas, and newcomers Jeff Adrien and Joey Dorsey taking up reserve minutes. He'll even have to keep Rockets' first-round draft pick Clint Capela from taking any playing time that may have been left over, so it's going to be a long, uphill battle for Covington this season if he hopes of having any role whatsoever. Covington may end up spending time in the NBA D-League with the Rockets' affiliate in order to get him more experience and more time to improve his game.
  5. Robert Covington 2013–14 Preseason Outlook
    An undrafted rookie, Covington missed much of his senior year at Tennessee with a knee injury, but proved himself healthy with a strong summer league showing. He's a long shot to see major minutes given his lack of bulk (6-9, 215).
Robert Covington News Updates
Disappointing output in tough road loss
FPhiladelphia 76ers
May 10, 2018
Covington compiled just five points (2-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt), seven rebounds, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes during Wednesday's 114-112 loss to the Celtics.
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Headed to bench for Game 4
FPhiladelphia 76ers
May 7, 2018
Covington will shift to a bench role for Game 4 against the Celtics on Monday.
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Drops 22 in Game 2 loss
FPhiladelphia 76ers
May 3, 2018
Covington scored 22 points (8-15 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 40 minutes during Thursday's 108-103 loss to the Celtics in Game 2.
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Significant downturn in Game 1 loss
FPhiladelphia 76ers
May 1, 2018
Covington mustered only three points (0-6 FG, 0-4 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block across 27 minutes during Philadelphia's 117-101 loss to the Celtics in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal-round playoff series.
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