“With all in mind, Robert has work to do before establishing himself as a legitimate NBA player, even though his status as one of the better perimeter shooting forwards in draft will certainly give him a chance to make a roster. His lack of fundamentals on the defensive end, his passive demeanor on the floor, and his general inconsistency against elite competition are legitimate red flags when projecting him at the next level.“ – Source:http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Robert-Covington-17037/©DraftExpress
In 2013, shortly after his collegiate career came to a close without making “The Big Dance”, this was DraftExpress‘ scouting report on Robert Covington from Tennessee State. Entering into the professional basketball word, Covington measured in at 6 foot 9 inches and weighed slim 209 pounds. He also had averages of 17 PPG, 8 RPG, 2.2 SPG, 1.7 BPG and hit 38 percent of his three point attempts. Little did people realize, these statistics were no joke.
Covington initially wasn’t given much of a shot. He went undrafted in 2013 and was given a spot on the Houston Rockets’ Summer League roster. On July 15, 2013, H-Town signed him to a multi-year deal;RoCo spent most of the 2013-14 campaign playing in the D-League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Houston’s affiliate.Covington was selected to the Prospects team in the D-LeagueAll-Star game and was later named D-League Rookie of the Year. He had a stat-line of: 23.2 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 2.4 SPG and shot 37% from beyond the arc while in the D-League.
After playing another summer with the Rockets, Covington was waived on October 27, 2014. He was only unemployed for a few days because Sam Hinkie and the Sixers chose to take the flyer on RoCo. with the first pick in the D-LeagueDraft-their plans were to play the sharp-shooter. In his first season with the squad, an 18-64 team record. Covington showed well in his first campaign as a full time player averaging 13.5 PPG and sooting 37% from 3. Covington also played really well on defense, something his draft report said he’d struggle with.
While Covington has been in Philly, there was a revolving door of players coming in and going out for the longest time. As time has eclipsed-and what seems like a thousand losses later-Covington sits as one of the Sixers’ most prized possessions. He has recently gained the reputation as one of the best 3-and-D players in the NBA. RoCo has turned that slender 209 lbs. into a perfect 225lbs. and at this moment in the 2017-18 season, Covington has played in all 16 games and has averaged 16.5 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.6 SPG. He’s also shooting a red-hot 48% from long range. Along with that stats, Lord Covington is now the team’s leader, is NEVER afraid of taking the big shot in crunch-time and continues to be their defensive anchor.
All that Covington had to endure early in his career is a perfect example that you must go to the bottom before you make your way towards the top-ironically, the Philadelphia Sixers and their fans have learned the exact same throughout “The Process”. Now with a brand new 4 year-$62 million contract extension, RoCo is reaping the rewards from being the steady man throughout the tanking years with the Sixers. Former General Manager, Sam Hinkie, was Covington‘s biggest fan and its obvious why that was the case. A guy who barley anyone knew of-back in 2013-is now a budding star and part of the emerging “Big 3” with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Nobody in the NBA deserves this success more than Big Shot Bob, who I’m sure will still be posting videos of himself working out at 1 a.m. on his Instagram feed. Robert pride of “The the gem that found in which we’ve watched, known and loved, but now its finally time for the world to see him too.