Robert Covington

Robert Covington

31-Year-Old ForwardF
Portland Trail Blazers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Covington had a disastrous start to the 2020-21 season with his new team -- the Blazers. In December and January, he shot just 31.6 percent from the field and 28.0 percent from three. However, he was eventually able to pick things back up and finished out the year well. From February onward, he shot 42.5 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from three, also contributing an impressive 2.8 combined steals-plus-blocks per game. Despite the slow start, Covington was still able to finish 75th in per-game fantasy production. While that's far from awful, it was his worst finish since he was a sophomore in 2014-15. Assuming Covington can start off the 2021-22 season on a better note, he should be able to finish with a better rank. From 2015-16 through 2019-20, Covington's average fantasy rank was 42.2. Covington is 30 years old, so he clearly still has the potential to bounce back. Optimistic fantasy managers could draft him in the fourth round hoping for a return to form, but it seems likely he can be had at least one round later given his disappointing 2020-21 season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $62 million contract extension with the 76ers in November of 2017. Traded to the Timberwolves in October of 2018. Traded to the Rockets in February of 2020. Traded to the Trail Blazers in November of 2020.
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Robert Covington was born in Bellwood, Illinois in 1990. Covington's parents, Dennis and Teresa, knew their son had basketball talent in his early days. The rest of the world came to find that out later, when Convington starred at Proviso West High School in Chicago. As a senior, Covington averaged 18.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 7.0 blocks per game, leading his team to the West Suburban Title. Covington's numbers were good enough to earn him the title of West Suburban Conference Player of the Year as well as a scholarship to Tennessee State University. Covington spent four years at Tennessee State, majoring in human performance and sports science while putting his name all over the school record books. You can follow Covington on Twitter @Holla_At_Rob and Instagram @Atf_33. Covington was named to All-Ohio Valley Conference teams for the final three of his four seasons at Tennessee State. He garnered All-OVC second team honors in 2012-13, his senior year. The Bellwood, Illinois native led Tennessee State in scoring 10 times over 23 games (21 starts) in his senior year, finishing with team-leading averages in points (17.0), steals (2.2) and blocks (1.7). He rounded out his stat line with 8.0 rebounds per game, tying for the team lead in that category as well. Covington went undrafted during the 2013 NBA Draft. He was signed by the Houston Rockets after the draft.

Double-double despite shooting woes
FPortland Trail Blazers
January 20, 2022
Covington closed Wednesday's 104-92 loss to the Heat with 11 points (3-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds and one block in 38 minutes.
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Covington might have ended with a double-double and solid shooting numbers, but he struggled from the field from a shooting perspective. It's worth noting Covington has been embracing a bigger role on offense of late and has attempted 10 or more shots in each of his last four appearances. He's averaging 10.8 points per game but is also shooting just 34.1 percent from the field in that span, though.
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Covington spent the first 48 games of the 2019-20 season with Minnesota and provided quality numbers across the stat sheet. He was traded mid-season to the Rockets, where he found continued success with his new squad in 22 contests. In his stint with Houston, the versatile forward averaged 11.6 points, 8.0 boards, 1.5 dimes and 1.6 steals while posting 2.2 blocks in the process. In typical fashion, he nailed 2.4 triples per contest as one of the league's better shooting forwards. Covington will be on another new team to start the 2020-21 season, as he was dealt from the Rockets to the Trail Blazers during the offseason. Covington figures to be Portland's starting small forward, so he should occupy a role similar to what he's seen as of late. Over the past four seasons, Covington has ranked between 25th and 46th in fantasy on a per-game basis. Most fantasy managers won't draft him as high as the second round given his limited upside as a three-and-D player, but we should expect him to finish around the same range this upcoming season.
A knee injury kept Covington out of the 2019 portion of last season, though not before he was dealt to the Timberwolves from the 76ers in the Jimmy Butler trade. He played 22 games for the Wolves, starting each one, averaging 14.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.5 threes, 2.3 steals, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks. He'll look to get healthy ahead of the 2019-20 season, and it appears he'll be Minnesota's starting power forward. While Covington has started every appearance over the past three seasons, his health is of some concern, as he's averaging just 63.8 games played across the past five years. Still, Covington has established himself as one of the NBA's premier three-and-D specialists, giving him plenty of fantasy value. He should hold an extremely similar role to the one he's had lately, making him a relatively safe pick come draft day.
Following two straight seasons of missing at least 15 games, Covington was able to stay healthy for nearly the entire 2017-18 campaign, taking the court for all but two contests. He turned that into an extremely effective Fantasy showing, as the 27-year-old was a contributor in almost every stat category. Covington averaged 12.6 points while being a complimentary scoring option behind the likes of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, J.J. Redick and Dario Saric, and also added 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists. On the defensive side of the ball, Covington was just as impactful in what wound up being his first ever All-Defensive First Team selection, averaging a combined 2.6 steals/blocks across 31.6 minutes. It didn't stop there though, as Covington also hit 2.5 three-pointers per game and was an efficient shooter across the board at 41.3 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 85.3 percent from the three-point line. All in all, there were very few weaknesses in Covington's contributions. That should result in high expectations going into the upcoming season. The addition of Wilson Chandler is something to keep an eye on, but it seems unlikely he ultimately cuts in Covington's workload much, if at all. Covington can also play both forward positions successfully, so that should help keep him on the floor for a 30-plus minute workload. If he's able to finish anywhere near the numbers he contributed last year, Covington will be a top-50 selection and is someone that can be targeted in the early middle rounds of most Fantasy drafts. He doesn't have many holes in his game, so his multi-category production and solid efficiency should help Fantasy owners cut deficits all season long.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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Flirts with double-double
FPortland Trail Blazers
January 16, 2022
Covington amassed 15 points (5-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, one block and four steals over 40 minutes during Saturday's 115-110 win over Washington.
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Steps up scoring in win
FPortland Trail Blazers
January 11, 2022
Covington finished with 21 points (6-9 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, one assist, three blocks and three steals across 34 minutes during Monday's 114-108 victory over the Nets.
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Stellar defensive performance
FPortland Trail Blazers
January 10, 2022
Covington notched eight points (2-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, one assist, three blocks and three steals in 35 minutes during Sunday's 103-88 victory over the Kings.
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Returns to starting five
FPortland Trail Blazers
January 8, 2022
Covington closed with 17 points (6-9 FG, 5-8 3Pt), eight rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal in 34 minutes during Friday's 114-101 loss to Cleveland.
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Starting for injured Nance
FPortland Trail Blazers
January 7, 2022
Covington is starting Friday's game against the Cavaliers, Jay Allen of NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio 620 reports.
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