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Robert Covington (born December 14, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The small forward played college basketball for the Tennessee State Tigers.[1] In 2018, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Robert Covington
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Covington with the 76ers in February 2018
No. 33 – Minnesota Timberwolves
PositionSmall forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1990-12-14) December 14, 1990 (age 28)
Bellwood, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolProviso West (Hillside, Illinois)
CollegeTennessee State (2009–2013)
NBA draft2013 / Undrafted
Playing career2013–present
Career history
2013–2014Houston Rockets
2013–2014Rio Grande Valley Vipers
20142018Philadelphia 76ers
2018–presentMinnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school careerEdit

Covington attended Proviso West High School in Hillside, Illinois. As a senior in 2008–09, he averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks per game as he was named the West Suburban Conference Player of the Year after leading Proviso West to the West Suburban Championship. He was also an All-Area and All-Conference first-team honoree.[2]

College careerEdit

In his freshman season at Tennessee State, Covington was named to the Ohio Valley Conference All-Newcomer team and earned Mid-Major Freshman All-America honors from Collegeinsider.com. In 32 games (28 starts), he averaged 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks in 27.3 minutes per game.[2][3]

In his sophomore season, Covington recorded eight double-doubles and was named OVC Player of the Week on December 27, 2010. He led the team in rebounds (7.5 rpg), field goal percentage (.500) and three-point field goal percentage (.460). He also led the OVC with his 46% three-point shooting as he earned second-team All-OVC and second-team NABC Division I All-District 19 honors. In 30 games (all starts), he averaged 13.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks in 30.8 minutes per game.[2][3]

In his junior season, Covington earned first-team All-OVC and first-team NABC Division I All-District 19 honors, and was named the 2011–12 CollegeInsider.com OVC co-MVP. He also earned OVC All-Tournament team and Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational All-Tournament team honors. At the season's end, he had 1,358 points and 693 rebounds, ranking for 16th and 13th in school history respectively. In 33 games (32 starts), he averaged 17.8 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks in 31.2 minutes per game.[2][3]

In his senior season, Covington earned second-team All-OVC and second-team NABC Division I All-District 19 honors for the second time in his career despite missing ten games due to injury. In 23 games (22 starts), he averaged 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.7 blocks in 31.0 minutes per game. He finished his career ranked seventh on Tennessee State's all-time list in both scoring and rebounding, with 1,749 points and 876 rebounds.[2][3]

Professional careerEdit

Houston Rockets (2013–2014)Edit

 
Covington with the Rockets in 2013

After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Covington joined the Houston Rockets for the 2013 NBA Summer League. On July 15, 2013, he signed a multi-year deal with the Rockets.[4] He spent the majority of the 2013–14 season in the NBA Development League with the Rockets' affiliate team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, appearing in just seven NBA games.[5] He participated in the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game in February,[6] where scored an NBA D-League All-Star record 33 points, 22 of which came in the game's final six minutes, en route to earning MVP honors in the game. He connected on 12 of his 23 shots, including four-of-eight three-pointers at NBA All-Star festivities in New Orleans.[7] In April, he was named the NBA D-League Rookie of the Year.[7] He played in 42 of the Vipers 50 regular season games, 41 as a starter. He averaged a team-high 23.2 points, good for second best in the NBA D-League, while shooting 44 percent from the field. He also averaged 9.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game.[7]

After spending Summer League, training camp and preseason with the Rockets, Covington was waived on October 27, 2014.[8]

Covington was selected 1st overall by the Grand Rapids Drive in the 2014 D-League Draft, however he never played for the team.

Philadelphia 76ers (2014–2018)Edit

On November 15, 2014, Covington signed a reported four-year contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.[9][10] He made his debut for the 76ers two days later, recording six points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 16½ minutes off the bench in a 100–75 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.[11] On December 3, he scored a career-best 17 points in an 85–77 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Two nights later against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he set a new career high.[12] In 28 minutes, he scored 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. A day later, he did it again, dropping 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting in 29 minutes off the bench in a 108–101 overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons.[13] On March 25, he had a second 25-point effort against the Denver Nuggets.[12] On April 8, Covington scored a career-high 27 points on 8-for-11 shooting in a 119–90 loss to the Washington Wizards.[14] Five days later, he had a third 25-point effort against the Milwaukee Bucks.[12]

After battling injury early in the 2015–16 season, Covington quickly began to excel, leading the NBA with 3.6 steals per game come December.[15] In the final three games of November, Covington secured six-plus steals in each contest, making him the first NBA player to accomplish the feat in three-consecutive games since Alvin Robertson in 1986.[15] On November 27, he recorded career highs of 28 points and eight steals in a 116–114 loss to the Houston Rockets.[16] On December 1, he scored a game-high 23 points to help the 76ers defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 103–91 and end a 28-game losing streak that began on March 27, 2015, during the 2014–15 season.[17] On February 10, he scored a career-high 29 points and hit a career-high seven three-pointers in a loss to the Sacramento Kings.[18] He set a new career high for scoring on April 8 with 30 points against the New York Knicks.[19] On April 12, in a loss to the Toronto Raptors, Covington had his seventh game of the season with six or more three-pointers, joining Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and J. R. Smith as the only players to do so in 2015–16.[20] In the team's season finale the following day, Covington scored 27 points and again hit six three-pointers in a 115–105 loss to the Chicago Bulls.[21]

 
Covington drives against Bradley Beal in 2018

On December 14, 2016, Covington had season highs of 26 points and 12 rebounds in a 123–114 loss to the Raptors.[22] On January 20, 2017, he scored 22 points and made two three-pointers in the final 40 seconds to lead the 76ers to a come-from-behind 93–92 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.[23] On January 29, 2017, he scored 21 points and tied his season high of 12 rebounds in a 121–108 loss to the Bulls.[24] In March 2017, he had 13 rebounds on three separate occasions.[25] On March 31, he was ruled out for the rest of the season with right knee soreness and swelling.[26]

In the 76ers' season opener on October 18, 2017, Covington scored 29 points in a 120–115 loss to the Wizards.[27] On November 13, he scored a season-high 31 points against the Los Angeles Clippers.[28] On November 17, after restructuring the terms of his contract for the 2017–18 season,[29] he signed a four-year, $62 million contract extension with the 76ers.[30] In May 2018, he was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team.[31]

Covington started the first 13 games for the 76ers to begin the 2018–19 season.[32]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2018–present)Edit

On November 12, 2018, Covington was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, along with Jerryd Bayless, Dario Šarić and a 2022 second-round pick, in exchange for Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton.[33] He made his debut for the Timberwolves two days later, recording 13 points and seven rebounds in a 107–100 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.[34] On December 31, late in the Timberwolves' loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, Covington sustained a bone bruise on his right knee.[35] After missing 23 games,[36] he was assigned to the Iowa Wolves of the NBA G League on February 27.[37] On March 21, after suffering a setback in his quest for a return, Covington was ruled out for the rest of the season.[38] He underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on April 1.[39]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013–14 Houston 7 0 4.9 .429 .364 .7 .0 .3 .0 2.3
2014–15 Philadelphia 70 49 27.9 .396 .374 .820 4.5 1.5 1.4 .4 13.5
2015–16 Philadelphia 67 49 28.4 .385 .353 .791 6.3 1.4 1.6 .6 12.8
2016–17 Philadelphia 67 67 31.6 .399 .333 .822 6.5 1.5 1.9 1.0 12.9
2017–18 Philadelphia 80 80 31.7 .413 .369 .853 5.4 2.0 1.7 .9 12.6
2018–19 Philadelphia 13 13 33.8 .427 .390 .739 5.2 1.1 1.8 1.8 11.3
2018–19 Minnesota 22 22 34.7 .433 .372 .773 5.7 1.5 2.3 1.1 14.5
Career 326 280 29.9 .402 .360 .813 5.5 1.6 1.7 .8 12.7

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018 Philadelphia 10 8 28.1 .325 .313 .750 5.3 2.5 1.1 .9 8.1
Career 10 8 28.1 .325 .313 .750 5.3 2.5 1.1 .9 8.1

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Tennessee State 32 28 27.3 .428 .385 .797 6.5 1.2 1.1 1.1 11.5
2010–11 Tennessee State 30 30 30.8 .498 .460 .782 7.5 1.2 1.5 1.0 13.3
2011–12 Tennessee State 33 32 31.2 .526 .448 .775 7.9 1.3 1.5 1.4 17.8
2012–13 Tennessee State 23 21 31.0 .435 .388 .850 8.0 1.3 2.2 1.7 17.0
Career 118 111 30.0 .476 .422 .802 7.4 1.2 1.5 1.3 14.8

Personal lifeEdit

Covington is the son of Dennis and Teresa Bryant.[2][40]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Q&A With Robert Covington". NBA.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Robert Covington Bio". tsutigers.com. Archived from the original on November 12, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "Robert Covington Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  4. ^ "Roster Taking Shape for the Rockets". NBA.com. July 15, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  5. ^ "Robert Covington 2013-14 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "Eighth Annual NBA D-League All-Star Game Features 16 Players With NBA Experience". NBA.com. February 3, 2014. Archived from the original on February 7, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "RGV's Robert Covington Wins 2014 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year Award". NBA.com. April 19, 2014. Archived from the original on April 26, 2014.
  8. ^ "Rockets Waive Adrien, Clark, Covington, Richmond and Smith". NBA.com. October 27, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Sixers Sign Free Agent Robert Covington". NBA.com. November 15, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  10. ^ O'Connor, Sean (November 12, 2014). "Sixers Likely to Sign Former Rocket Robert Covington". libertyballers.com. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "Bonner scores 18, Spurs beat 76ers 100-75". NBA.com. November 17, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  12. ^ a b c "Robert Covington 2014-15 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  13. ^ Rappaport, Max (December 7, 2014). "Big Opportunity, Big Shots From Robert Covington". NBA.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  14. ^ "Bradley Beal scores 21 points, Wizards beat 76ers". NBA.com. April 8, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  15. ^ a b "Robert Covington Excelling in Second Season with NBA's Philadelphia 76ers". tsutigers.com. December 1, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
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  30. ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian (November 15, 2017). "Sources: 76ers, Robert Covington finalizing four-year, $62 million contract extension". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
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  32. ^ "Robert Covington 2018-19 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
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  34. ^ "Towns, Wiggins shine as Timberwolves top Pelicans 107-100". ESPN.com. November 14, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
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  36. ^ "Young, Collins power Hawks past Timberwolves, 131-123 in OT". ESPN.com. February 27, 2019. Retrieved February 27, 2019. He has missed 23 consecutive games since suffering the injury on Dec. 31.
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  38. ^ "MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES MEDICAL UPDATES". NBA.com. March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  39. ^ "ROBERT COVINGTON INJURY UPDATE". NBA.com. April 1, 2019. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  40. ^ Dennis Silva II. "Rockets rookie forward Covington grows up with Vipers". TheMonitor.com. Retrieved January 20, 2017.

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