Robert Covington

Robert Covington

33-Year-Old ForwardF
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Free Agent
GTD
Injury Knee
Est. Return 10/1/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a two-year, $24 million contract extension with the Clippers in May of 2022. Traded to the 76ers in October of 2023.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

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.

Likely done for season
FPhiladelphia 76ers
Knee
April 14, 2024
Philadelphia head coach Nick Nurse said Sunday that Covington (knee) isn't expected to play again this season, Tim Bontemps of ESPN.com reports.
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Though Nurse's announcement isn't official, Covington hasn't made enough progress in his recovery program from a bone bruise in his left knee for a return during the 76ers' postseason run to look realistic. Covington closed the regular season with just 29 appearances to his name, with none coming after Dec. 30. He averaged 4.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 0.8 assists, 0.7 three-pointers and 0.6 blocks in 16.8 minutes per contest.
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This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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True Shooting %
45.5%
 
Effective Field Goal %
44.4%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
88.9%
 
Free Throw Rate
22.2%
 
Offensive Rebound %
3.4%
 
Defensive Rebound %
9.5%
 
Total Rebound %
6.6%
 
Assist %
12.2%
 
Steal %
3.8%
 
Block %
2.6%
 
Turnover %
0.0%
 
Usage %
0.0%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
17.7
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.8
 
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After multiple top-50 seasons, Covington was basically an afterthought last year, putting up career-low numbers across the board. He was used sparingly off the bench, logging just 16.2 minutes per game, finishing with averages of just 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 combined steals and blocks. Often viewed as a player who flew under the radar, Covington actually fell off the radar entirely. Given he is almost 33 years of age, it's hard to see him turning things around moving forward. Looking at the current roster, there is even a chance he will fall out of the rotation altogether. He is not worth drafting outside of very deep formats at this point. However, he would only need minutes in the low 20s to sniff value, at least as a defensive streaming option.
Following Covington's reliable bench presence for the Clippers down the stretch, during which he racked up 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds over 22.1 minutes per game, he re-upped with the Clippers on a two-year, $24 million extension this offseason. Covington's offensive success in Los Angeles largely occurred due to his 45.0 percent accuracy from beyond the arc. That mark sits well above the 34.3 percent he shot with the Trail Blazers and far surpasses his career-best efficiency from deep, which has never crossed the 40 percent mark. The Clippers' investment in Covington likely ensures his place in the rotation as a three-and-D player. Covington has proven to be an elite asset on the defensive end as well, collecting 1.3 steals and 1.2 blocks per game during his run with the Clippers. He also has past hardware to prove his capabilities, earning First-Team All-Defensive honors in 2017-18. If Covington can replicate anything close to his shooting ability from last year, he could unlock decent playing time in the Clippers' 2022-23 rotation. However, Los Angeles sports one of the deepest rosters in the NBA, making playing time tough to come by.
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.
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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Remains sidelined
FPhiladelphia 76ers
Knee
April 13, 2024
Covington (knee) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Nets.
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Ruled out for Friday
FPhiladelphia 76ers
Knee
April 11, 2024
Covington (knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Magic.
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Doesn't practice Thursday
FPhiladelphia 76ers
Knee
April 11, 2024
Covington (knee) didn't participate in Thursday's practice session, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Won't play Tuesday
FPhiladelphia 76ers
Knee
April 8, 2024
Covington (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Pistons.
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Remains out
FPhiladelphia 76ers
Knee
April 7, 2024
Covington (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup against the Spurs.
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Might be traded before deadline
FPhiladelphia 76ers
February 7, 2024
Covington is one of several players who could be traded away from Philadelphia before Thursday's deadline, Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports.
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The Sixers are expected to make at least one trade before Thursday's deadline, and while they have some draft assets to move, some of their fringe rotation players might also be included in a package for salary-matching purposes. Covington has struggled to see minutes of late due to a knee injury, and he doesn't figure to be part of Philly's long-term plans. He's averaging just 16.8 minutes per game this season.
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