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After the Houston Rockets made history on Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder by scoring 73 in the first half and less then 20 in the second half, a need for any type of offensive players has become paramount. Today, the Rockets announced that they had recalled forward Robert Covington from their D-League affiliate the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
The Rockets have recalled forward Robert Covington (@Holla_At_Rob33) from single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley.
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 18, 2014
The undrafted rookie forward out of Tennessee State has played well in January, averaging 25.7 points and making 36.9 percent of his 3s, the best mark of his season so far, in six games.
Covington is shooting more (20.8 field goal attempts per game, 5.2 more than in either of the previous two months) and getting to the basket more (5.8 free-throw attempts per game this month opposed to no more than 2.7 in either of the previous months).
Covington becomes the fourth member of the Vipers to be called up this season joining Isaiah Canaan (Rockets), James Johnson (Memphis Grizzlies), and Chris Johnson (Boston Celtics).
Time will tell if Covington can get into the rotation. Omri Casspi has seen his minutes decreased in the last two Rockets games, and Rockets head coach Kevin McHale has made numerous, and questionable roster changes throughout the season.
Welcome Back Robert!
Here are highlights of Covington’s last D-League game where he dropped 33 points on the Texas Legends.