Robert Covington, the Philadelphia 76ers’ little striker, went from a rejection of the Houston Rockets to one of the league’s most consistent off-axis shooters. The former Tennessee State Tiger, who was left without a draft in the 2013 NBA draft, was also able to rate his game-high enough to secure a place on the All-Defensive First Team.
On December 14, 1990, Robert Covington was welcomed to Bellwood, Illinois, by his parents, Dennis and Teresa Bryant. As a child, Covington showed no exceptional athletic ability or basketball talent, as most of the great names in today’s sports did in their childhood. He found it hard to make the relegation in elementary and middle school that forced him to take the AAU route, where he had to do things the hard way, even though he eventually became an outstanding player.
Covington attended Proviso West High School, where he was known for his excellent shooting skills, although he also made a contribution to defense. In his senior year, he led his team to the West Suburban Championship with an average of 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 blocks per game, where he was named West Suburban Conference Player of the Year and All-Area and All-Conference Honorable First Team Player.
After graduating, Covington received scholarships from Sacramento State and Tennessee State University and chose the latter after visiting the campus. As a rookie, Covington averaged 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in 32 games and was named Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year. In his second year, he averaged 13.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in 30 games, earning him the honors of All-OVC second team and NABC Division I All-District 19-second team. In his junior year, Covington improved his game once again, this time averaging 17.8 points and 7.9 rebounds in the first team of the All-OVC and the first team of the NABC Division I All-District 19. In his final year, he then achieved an average of 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds, which again earned him the honors of the second team of All-OVC and the second team of NABC Division I of All-District 19.
By the time Robert Covington left Tenessee, his performances had attracted the attention of a number of teams he believed was willing to take a risk for him by including him in the draft. This did not happen because he was not drafted. However, the player still had a chance to make it to the big leagues by switching to the Houston Rockets, which put him on their payroll after his participation in this year’s summer league.
NBA Career and Highlights
Robert Covington signed a contract with the Rockets in July 2013, but could not make his debut until January 2014, where he played for only 54 seconds. He spent most of his rookie season in the NBA Development League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he was named NBA D-League Rookie of the Year. The Rockets recalled Covington for the 2014 NBA Summer League, whereupon they felt he was not good enough and decided to relinquish his contract.
Although Covington was drafted by Grand Rapids Drive as the first overall selection in the 2014 NBA Development League Draft, he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers in November 2014. He worked his way up the rankings to earn a starting place and become a very integral part of the team. His defensive skills earned him a place on the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team in 2018.
In March 2016, Robert Covington was taken directly from a game to the hospital for treatment for a possible neck injury after he was accidentally kicked in the jaw by his teammate Jerami Grant. In April 2017, he returned to the hospital for preventive surgery to repair a slight meniscus tear in his right knee that had caused him to miss the last eight games of the regular season. A year later, in May 2018, Covington underwent surgery on his left middle finger to repair the extensor tendon.
Robert Covington Salary, and Net Worth
Robert Covington’s exact net worth is not clear, but it is estimated at $10 to $20 million. The Philadelphia 76er in 2017 put a 4-year deal for $62 million on paper to extend his stay on the team, and from 2018 he will be the fourth highest-paid player on his team’s list.
Covington has come a long way since he was not drafted but still managed to secure a place on the Houston Rockets list by signing a $2.25 million three-year deal in 2013 before being released the following season. After this hiccup, he joined the Sixers with another $3.02 million three-year contract before finally receiving his big payday.