Robert Covington
Robert Covington
29-Year-Old ForwardF
Houston Rockets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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.
Personal Bio

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.

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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.

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FHouston Rockets
August 2, 2020
Covington finished with 15 points (5-12 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven boards, one block, and three steals in 37 minutes of a 120-116 win against Milwaukee on Sunday.
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Covington finished in double figures for the third consecutive game as Houston was able to overcome a late eight-point deficit for the win against Milwaukee. His three steals were the most he's had in a game since being acquired by the Rockets in February. He'll face the Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
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2018

Covington began the season with the 76ers, starting 13 games before being traded to Minnesota on Nov. 12 as part of a five-player deal. With Philadelphia, on Oct. 27, Covington recorded the first of his two double-doubles for the season. He posted 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks during a win at Charlotte. He remained productive after the trade, averaging 14.5 points and 2.3 steals per contest in 22 starts for the Timberwolves. On Dec. 21, with Minnesota, the versatile forward swiped a season-high six steals, and added 13 points and seven boards, during a loss at San Antonio. Covington scored a season-high 28 points and chipped in seven rebounds against the Hawks on Dec. 28. Earlier in the month, he pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds against the Celtics. On New Year's Eve at New Orleans, Covington suffered a knee injury, which ultimately kept him out for the rest of the season. On Apr. 1, the team announced Covington had undergone successful arthroscopic knee surgery.

2017

The 2017-18 season saw Covington start a career-high 80 games in a productive fourth campaign with the 76ers. The formerly undrafted player set a new career mark with 31.7 minutes per game and scored 12.6 points per game, right in line with his averages of 12.8 and 12.9 points from the two previous seasons. Covington added 5.4 rebounds and a career-high 2.0 assists per game. He showed off his stat-stuffing abilities in a win over the Clippers on Nov. 13, when he went for a career-high 31 points along with six rebounds, four assists and four steals. He also grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds on two occasions, including on Nov. 7 against Utah, when he added 14 points for one of his seven double-doubles. Covington had a season-high five assists in three different games and a season-high four blocks against the Lakers on Dec. 7. When all was said and done, he finished sixth in the league in steals with 137, including a career-high seven in a win over Charlotte on Apr. 1.

2016

In his fourth NBA season, Covington fully established himself as a starter in Philadelphia. The 26-year-old appeared in 67 games, starting each one and setting a career high in starts along the way. Covington also set a career high with 31.6 minutes per game. He scored 12.9 points per game and set a new career mark with 6.5 rebounds while matching his personal best of 1.5 assists per contest. The Tennessee State product displayed his all-around game by recording 12 double-doubles, up from seven a year earlier. He scored a season-high 26 points to go along with 12 rebounds against Toronto on Dec. 14. Covington grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds in three separate games. He set a new career mark in blocks Mar. 3 against the Knicks by swatting five shots. The versatile forward also set a new career high with 1.9 steals per game. Covington grabbed a season-high five steals on two occasions and recorded multiple steals 40 times, cementing his status as one of the most disruptive defenders in the league.

2015

Covington continued to produce solid numbers across the board in his third NBA season and second in Philadelphia. He appeared in 67 contests, starting 49 of them. The Tennessee State product set a new career high with 28.4 minutes per game. Covington recorded 12.8 points per game to go along with a career-best 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per contest. The 25-year-old shot better than 35 percent from 3-point range while increasing his attempts to a career-high 7.2 per game. Covington made a season-high seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 29 points on Feb. 10 against Sacramento. He knocked down seven more 3-pointers against New York on Apr. 8, rewriting his career high in points again by reaching 30 for the first time. Covington grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds against Boston on Nov. 25 to go along with 11 points. The double-double was one of seven on the season for Covington, a notable increase over the single double-double he recorded a year earlier. He picked up a career-high eight steals Nov. 27 against Houston, approaching an unconventional double-double in a game that also saw him score 28 points with seven rebounds.

2014

After being waived by Houston before the regular season, Covington latched on in Philadelphia for his second NBA campaign. The Tennessee State product fit in well with the 76ers, carving out a regular role in the rotation. Covington appeared in 70 games, making 49 starts and averaging 27.9 minutes -- a massive increase from his 4.9 minutes per game with the Rockets. Covington turned the increased playing time into 13.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, both easily new career highs. He scored a career-high 27 points on 8-of-11 shooting (4-of-6 from 3-point range) against Washington on Apr. 8. Covington scored 20-plus on 13 other occasions as well, and he scored in double figures 49 times overall. The athletic forward grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds against Orlando on Dec. 21. He added 11 points in that contest for his first career double-double. Covington also continued to impact the game defensively, registering 1.4 steals per contest. He racked up a career-high seven steals and also blocked a shot against Cleveland on Feb. 2.

2013

An undrafted forward out of Tennessee State, Covington made his NBA debut with Houston in the 2013-14 season, appearing in seven games. The 23-year-old averaged 2.3 points and 0.7 rebounds across 4.9 minutes per contest. Covington saw more extensive run in the G League, as he appeared in 42 games (41 starts) for Rio Grande Valley. He averaged 23.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per contest, pacing the Vipers in both categories. The rookie was effective all over the floor, as he shot 50.1 percent from 2-point range, 37 percent from beyond the arc and 84.3 percent from the free-throw line. He looked especially comfortable from 3-point range, launching 8.5 attempts per game. Covington was also a force on the defensive end, averaging 2.4 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. With the Rockets, he averaged 2.1 steals per 36 minutes. Covington saw his most extensive NBA playing time on Apr. 9 against the Nuggets, when he played 11 minutes. The rookie recorded five points, two rebounds and a steal, registering a plus-15 rating while on the floor.

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Transaction History
  • July 13, 2013
    Signed a three-year contract with the Houston Rockets
  • October 27, 2014
    Waived by the Houston Rockets.
  • November 15, 2014
    Signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers
  • November 17, 2017
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers
  • November 12, 2018
    Traded by the Philadelphia 76ers with Jerryd Bayless, Dario Šaric and a 2022 2nd round draft pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton.
  • February 4, 2020
    As part of a 4-team trade, traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves with Jordan Bell to the Houston Rockets
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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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Swats four shots
FHouston Rockets
March 9, 2020
Covington tallied seven points (3-10 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, four blocks and two assists in 26 minutes Sunday in the Rockets' 126-106 loss to the Magic.
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Back-to-back double-doubles
FHouston Rockets
March 3, 2020
Covington notched 20 points (7-14 FG, 6-11 3Pt), 13 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 34 minutes during Monday's 125-123 loss at New York.
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Stat-stuffing performance
FHouston Rockets
March 1, 2020
Covington ended with 16 points (6-12 FG, 4-10 3Pt), 16 rebounds, three blocks and a steal in 39 minutes during Saturday's 111-110 victory over the Celtics.
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Ties season-high four blocks
FHouston Rockets
February 25, 2020
Covington posted 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-8 3Pt), seven rebounds, four blocks, one steal and one assist across 30 minutes during Monday's 123-112 victory over the Knicks.
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Posts 20 with five treys in win
FHouston Rockets
February 21, 2020
Covington tallied 20 points (7-13 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, four blocked shots and an assist across 27 minutes in Thursday's 135-105 win over the Warriors.
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