Covington split the 2019-20 season between the Timberwolves and Rockets. He began the year in Minnesota, where he appeared in 48 games (47 starts) and averaged 12.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.9 blocks in 29.4 minutes. Covington posted his first double-double of the season against the Heat on Oct. 27, finishing with 11 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Against the Warriors on Nov. 8, Covington went for 17 points, 11 rebounds and five steals. He scored in double-figures in 10 of 11 games from Dec. 26 through Jan. 15, averaging 14.9 points, 6.8 boards, 2.5 steals and 1.3 blocks during that span. Against the Rockets on Jan. 11, Covington notched a season-high six steals. On Feb. 4, Covington was part of a four-team, 12-player deal that landed him back in Houston, where he began his NBA career in 2013-14. Covington went on to start 21 of 22 appearances for the Rockets, averaging 11.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.2 blocks per contest. Making his Rockets debut on Feb. 6 against the Lakers, Covington went for 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 30 minutes. Against the Hornets on Mar. 7, Covington posted a season-high 25 points and tied his career-high with seven made three-pointers. In the postseason, Covington started all 12 of the Rockets' games as they advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals. Over the final three games of the team's first-round series against Oklahoma City, Covington averaged 20.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 2.0 blocks. In the deciding Game 7, he posted 21 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and three blocks in 39 minutes.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.
July 13, 2013Signed a three-year contract with the Houston Rockets
October 27, 2014Waived by the Houston Rockets.
November 15, 2014Signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers
November 17, 2017Signed a four-year contract extension with the Philadelphia 76ers
November 12, 2018Traded 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, 2020As part of a 4-team trade, traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves with Jordan Bell to the Houston Rockets