Robert Covington is definitely going to have his work cut out for him to be an impact player with the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets obviously have plenty of talent, and that’s not just stopping off at the likes of James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Dwight Howard. They have solid players at all the spots, but Covington does give them another option to look at.
Covington was undrafted and signed a two-year deal with the Rockets at the NBA minimum salary. The 6-foot-7, 215-pound Tennessee State prospect gained attention during his college days for shooting the ball well and taking down a good amount of rebounds for a power forward. But he had surgery to repair a torn meniscus and had to prove himself all over again to the skeptics who weren’t sold on him in the first place.
The Rockets like Covington’s jump shot, which made up 56 percent of his overall shot attempts at Tennessee State. He was 37.5 percent in 3-point attempts last season although he did shoot 46 percent as a sophomore. He has demonstrated the knack of making shots, with his feet set, off the dribble, and with a hand in his face. He uses the space on the floor very well, which is something the scouts liked about Covington during his college career.
He has to keep showing that he has overcome his injury. Covington showed the value he has when he averaged 12.4 points, five rebounds and 2.4 steals in the Orlando Pro Summer League. He had a game-high 21 points in a victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder during the summer.
The Rockets like Covington’s future but realize this likely is not his team this season, especially as a rookie and with the magnificent talent the Rockets have.