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Robert Covington | Guard/Forward | #33

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/14/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 225
College: Tennessee State
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The 76ers can offer Robert Covington an extension for up to $39 million over four years this summer.
The 76ers recently picked up their team option on Covington, so he will be on the books for just $1.5 million in 2017-18. Covington will more than likely be looking for a larger deal, so the two sides might wait until Nov. 15 when he will be eligible for more money -- that will be his three year anniversary with Philly. Covington was fourth in the league in steals (1.9 per game) last season with 12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 2.0 triples, but his field goal percentage (39.9 percent) was an issue. He's one of Philly's best defenders and perimeter shooters, so he should have a nice role in 2017-18. Jun 15 - 10:23 AM

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The 76ers have picked up their team option on Robert Covington for the 2017-18 season.

Covington is on the books for a mere $1.5 million next season, so this was an incredibly easy decision for the 76ers to make, and the franchise will reportedly try and work out an extension with RoCo this summer. Covington is currently recovering from a relatively minor knee procedure, but he's fully expected to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season.
Jun 14 - 11:22 AM

The 76ers are hoping to sign Robert Covington to a contract extension during the offseason.

He currently has one of the best contracts in the NBA as he's scheduled to make $1.5 million for the final year of his deal. The 76ers can't afford to risk letting Covington walk as an unrestricted free agent next summer, so an extension is likely a top priority for the franchise. The forward had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee back in mid-April, but he should be cleared to resume basketball activities sometime in June. The 26-year-old wing is a fantasy stud and posted averages of 12.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.9 steals and 2.0 treys on his way to a top-40 finish in standard leagues.
Source: ESPN
May 14 - 10:02 AM

Robert Covington had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Per Sixers team doctors, Covington is expected to resume full weight bearing in two weeks and begin basketball activities this summer. Last week, RoCo said that full recovery time is usually 4-6 weeks, but that he might be able to beat that estimate because he had a head start on rehab. Also, Covington said the that the MRI showed it was "just a baby tear." He should certainly be ready to roll by the time training camp arrives.
Apr 18 - 12:27 PM

Robert Covington (right knee) expects to miss 4-6 weeks as he recovers from a slight tear in his lateral meniscus.

Covington said he could be back sooner, too, because he's had a "head start on rehab." Based on this report it sounds as though he will not require surgery, which should result in a speedy return to the court. Barring a setback, he'll be ready to roll for training camp.
Apr 12 - 7:07 PM

Robert Covington (right knee) will miss the rest of the season after an MRI revealed a slight tear of lateral meniscus.

A slight tear in the meniscus, which is the same injury to end Joel Embiid's year. Covington did have a right MCL sprain back in 2015, so this isn't his first knee issue. The team will likely announce their treatment plan, and surgery could also be an option -- it was for Embiid. With RoCo out, Justin Anderson should get some heavy minutes the rest of the way and is worth a look in standard leagues. Dario Saric, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Nik Stauskas and Shawn Long should all slightly benefit.
Mar 31 - 6:05 PM

Robert Covington (right knee) will not make the trip for games on Friday and Sunday as doctors continue to evaluate results of his MRI.

He's already missed one game with his right knee soreness and had an MRI on Wednesday. Considering the 76ers are in the mix for the No. 4 to No. 8 spot in the lottery, they may just hold Covington out to get a longer look at Justin Anderson and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Covington's fantasy owners may have to consider dropping him while Anderson makes for a solid pickup the rest of the week.
Mar 30 - 4:08 PM

Robert Covington (right knee soreness) will not play on Wednesday against the Hawks.

He had an MRI on his right knee and the results have not been revealed yet. This could be related to the right knee injury from Mar. 10, which caused him to miss one game. With the 76ers looking for lottery balls, it's possible they are very careful with RoCo. Justin Anderson gets a massive boost here and is worth a pickup for owners looking to add some up-and-coming wings. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot should also benefit and Shawn Long also should step up because the 76ers can't use Dario Saric as a five man as often.
Mar 29 - 5:22 PM

Robert Covington went off for 21 points and 13 rebounds in a 106-101 win over the Nets on Tuesdays.

The 76ers only dressed nine players, so RoCo logged 38 minutes and posted a gem of a line with one assist, two steals, two blocks and one triple. The biggest knock on him is that he doesn't shoot it efficiently from the field, but he hit 9-of-15 shots in addition to a pair of free throws. He's been a top-12 player in standard fantasy leagues for two months and is a monster in real life too -- he's ranked inside the top five in the entire league in Defensive Real Plus-Minus.
Mar 28 - 10:08 PM

Robert Covington scored 24 points to go along with 13 rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots in Monday's 112-109 overtime loss in Orlando.

Covington posted a tremendous all-around stat line for his fantasy owners. He has eight or rebounds in four consecutive games while averaging 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocked shots during the span. He was much hotter on the offensive end toward the end of February, but he remains a solid fantasy option for his work on the glass, as well as on the defensive end of the floor.
Mar 20 - 10:58 PM

Robert Covington scored 16 points with eight rebounds, one block, two steals and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Celtics on Sunday.

He did suffer a left shoulder injury in the third quarter of this game. Covington had a trainer look at him and had some treatment on the bench, but he was able to return and looked fine. Coach Brett Brown continues to stagger RoCo away from Dario Saric at times, which has opened up plenty of backup PF minutes for him. Covington isn't quite as hot as he was a few weeks ago, but he's still a must-start player.
Mar 19 - 4:26 PM

Robert Covington played through his knee injury and hit just 1-of-8 shots for seven points, but also had nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer in Tuesday's tough 106-104 loss to the Warriors.

Covington shot it like this all the time for the first half of the season, but has really turned his season around lately. And while his shot was broken tonight, it was nice to see him out there after missing his last game, and he salvaged a solid stat line on a night when it could have gone the other way. Even with tonight's dud, Ro-Co is still averaging 14.8 points, 7.8 boards, 2.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.5 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting over his last four games. Enjoy it while it lasts, as the Sixers won't likely have room for Covington to have this big a role next season, assuming guys like Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are healthy.
Mar 15 - 1:44 AM

Robert Covington (sore right knee) is available to play on Tuesday vs. the Warriors.

Barring a setback, RoCo should be in the starting lineup. Covington was listed as out early this morning, but he was upgraded to probable after looking good at the morning shootaround. His owners in season-long leagues will want to make sure he's active in lineups. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will likely return to the bench.
Mar 14 - 9:03 PM

Robert Covington (sore right knee) has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's matchup with the Warriors.

From being listed as out, to questionable, and now probable, Covington looks to be on track to return from a one-game stint on the sidelines tonight. He was a full participant during shootaround, and there's been no discussion of a minutes limit, so owners shouldn't hesitate to get him active. With RoCo back in action, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will likely return to the bench, and he loses a lot of appeal with the demotion to the second unit.
Mar 14 - 2:06 PM

Robert Covington (sore right knee) participated in the Sixers shootaround and has been upgraded to questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors.

Covington was listed as "out" in the initial release of the game notes, which serves as a reminder to always take such information with a grain of salt. The fact that RoCo was active at the team's shootaround is clearly a sign that he is progressing in the right direction. It appears this may be a game-time decision. If Covington does not play, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (coming off a career-high 18 points) is expected to draw another start.
Mar 14 - 1:24 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Markelle Fultz
2T.J. McConnell
3Sergio Rodriguez
4Jerryd Bayless
SG1Timothe Luwawu
2Nik Stauskas
3Gerald Henderson
SF1Robert Covington
2Justin Anderson
PF1Ben Simmons
2Dario Saric
3Jonah Bolden
4Shawn Long
5Alex Poythress
C1Joel Embiid
2Richaun Holmes
3Jahlil Okafor
4Tiago Splitter
5Anzejs Pasecniks
6Mathias Lessort