Robert Covington (born December 14, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6’9″ small forward played college basketball for Tennessee State University.
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.
On November 1, 2014, Covington was selected with the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Development League Draft by the Grand Rapids Drive. On November 15, he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers before playing in a game for Grand Rapids. Two days later, he made his debut for the 76ers in a loss to the San Antonio Spurs. In just under 17 minutes of action, he recorded 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. On December 6, he scored a then career-high 25 points in a 108–101 overtime win over the Detroit Pistons. On February 2, he recorded 18 points and a career-high 7 steals in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On March 25, he had his second 25-point game of the season. On April 8, he scored a then career-high 27 points in a loss to the Washington Wizards.
On November 27, 2015, Covington recorded career-highs of 28 points and 8 steals in a loss to the Houston Rockets, the 76ers’ 17th straight loss to the start the season. On December 1, he scored a game-high 23 points to help the 76ers defeat the Los Angeles Lakers and end a 28-game losing streak that began on March 27, 2015, during the 2014–15 season.
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Career highlights and awards
NBA D-League Rookie of the Year (2014)
All-NBA D-League First Team (2014)
NBA D-League All-Rookie First Team (2014)
NBA D-League All-Star (2014)
NBA D-League All-Star Game MVP (2014)
First-team All-OVC (2012)
2× Second-team All-OVC (2011, 2013)
All-OVC Newcomer Team (2010)