The Philadelphia 76ers do not have a LeBron James or Stephen Curry to call their own but what they do have is a team of hard-nosed players who will run through a wall for one another. While GM’s were steady building ‘Super Teams’ through free agency and drafts, the 76ers were building a blueprint. With players such as Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, and Markelle Fultz, the 76ers future looks bright. However, success will be limited if Robert Covington is not allowed to shine.
Covington name rings hollow to most NBA fans but asks players around the league how vital he is to the 76ers?
Last season, Covington stepped out from the shadows of Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, and Nerlens Noel as he averaged 13 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one block in 32 minutes of action. Yes, I know, Covington played starter minutes but next season he will be pushed to the bench, thus making the 76ers bench explosive. With the addition of Fultz and J.J. Redick the Simmons PG experiment is now shelved, pushing Simmons over to small forward and Covington to the second unit.
Here’s why Covington will win NBA Sixth Man of the Year for the 2017 season.
Name a player coming off the bench who can do what he does on a consistent basis? Last year’s winner– Eric Gordon is a scoring machine from the perimeter with 2016 averages of 16 points on 41 percent shooting but he offers nothing else. The same can be said for runners-up– Lou Williams (18 points, 43 percent) and Andre Iguodala (8 points on 53 percent). If Covington can come in and continue to play his game at the level he’s been then how can Iggy, Gordon or Williams contend with a player whose a better rebounder and defender?
The league is so stuck on the offensive skills of a player they tend to overlook the all-around greatness of others. Covington is one of those players who will provide not only the 76ers fans with exciting plays but he will become a household name himself. Covington is a beast from the perimeter, on defense and on the boards. He made his mark in Philly in 2016 and by the end of 2017 he will be holding the Sixth Man of the Year trophy.