Thursday, February 12, 2015

Covington to replace MCW in Rising Stars Challenge

PHILADELPHIA – The NBA has confirmed that Sixers forward Robert Covington has been selected to replace teammate Michael Carter-Williams in the Rising Stars Challenge. 

Covington will join Sixers rookie big man Nerlens Noel in the event which will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday as part of NBA All-Star 2015.

Carter-Williams, who has missed the Sixers past three games with a strained right big toe, will also no longer be participating in the Skills Challenge, which will take place on Saturday at Barclays Center. He is currently listed as day-to-day.

Covington was signed as a free agent by the Sixers on Nov. 15.  He has since appeared in 43 games with 31 starts, averaging 13 points, five rebounds and nearly a steal and half while also ranking tied for seventh in the NBA in 3-pointers made per game (2.4).

The second-year forward has hit at least two 3-pointers in 30 of his 43 games played, including four or more in five of the past eight games and 12 times overall this season.  No Sixer has had more than 12 games with four-plus 3-pointers made in a single season since current All-Star Kyle Korver did so 15 times in 82 games played in 2005-06.

This year’s Rising Stars Challenge features a new format that pits first- and second-year NBA players from the United States against first- and second-year players from around the world.
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