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Final Philadelphia 76ers player grades: Robert Covington

Final Philadelphia 76ers player grades: Robert Covington

The 2023-24 season is in the books for the Philadelphia 76ers, which means it is the time to look back on the season that was for each player. The Sixers finished 47-35 and as the No. 7 seed. They had to battle through a tough season injury-wise, but there were some good moments for everybody on the roster.

Now it is the time to look at Robert Covington, who was brought back to Philadelphia in the James Harden trade from the Los Angeles Clippers. Covington, unfortunately, played only 29 games on the season, 26 for the Sixers. He was hampered by a left knee bone bruise all season. The last game he played was on Dec. 31.

Here is a quick review of Covington’s return season with the Sixers:

26 games

4.5 points

3.4 rebounds

0.7 assists

1.3 steals

0.6 blocks

44.9% overall field goal percentage

35.4% from deep

87.5% free-throw percentage

Covington made his return debut to Philadelphia on Nov. 2 against the Toronto Raptors. He made an impact in a Nov. 4 win over the Phoenix Suns with his defensive work against star forward Kevin Durant, helping Philadelphia get the job done. His best game was on Dec. 1 in a tough loss to the Boston Celtics. He had 18 points, five steals and five rebounds. It was a valiant effort on a night when Philadelphia was missing Joel Embiid, Tyrese Maxey and Nic Batum.

The veteran is a free agent this summer, and it will be interesting to see what happens. The Sixers could realistically bring Covington back on a cheap deal to provide depth for this group. He is still a top-flight defender with a high basketball IQ and an ability to knock down shots from deep. Of course, Philadelphia has other issues to figure out, but RoCo could be brought back.

Overall, when he did play, Covington played well. He provided help on defense and his shooting spread the floor on the offensive end. His familiarity with Joel Embiid did him wonders on both ends and he was able to produce. Unfortunately, the injury cut his season short and one has to wonder how he would have helped in the playoffs had he been healthy.

Final grade: Incomplete

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