Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sixers sign Covington

PHILADELPHIA –  The NBA's worst team continues to churn the bottom of the league's worst roster, as the Sixers signed free agent forward Robert Covington and waived Chris Johnson.

Covington, who was the first overall pick in the 2014 NBA Development League Draft by the Grand Rapids Drive, is the fifth D-Legue call-up of the 2014-15 season.

As a rookie last season, Covington saw action in seven games for the Houston Rockets while spending most of his time with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.  In 42 games (41 starts) for the Vipers, Covington averaged 23 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.4 blocks in 34 minutes per game while also averaging 3.2 3-pointers made on 37.0% shooting.

In addition to being named the 2014 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year, Covington also earned D-League First Team honors and won the MVP award at the D-League All-Star game after scoring a record 33 points in helping his team to victory.

Covington was eligible for the 2013 NBA Draft following a standout four-year career at Tennessee State.  He earned Second Team All-Ohio Valley Conference honors as a senior and a sophomore and First Team distinction as a junior.
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