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Report: Houston Rockets Release Robert Covington

By Brett David Roberts

Sep 29, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Robert Covington (33) poses for a photo during media day at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets are parting ways with forward Robert Covington according to Shams Charania of Real GM.  He played in seven games his rookie year and won All Star MVP and Rookie of the Year in the D-League.

Part of Covington’s problem making it in the NBA is his lack of size. Though a power forward, Covington measured just 6’6” without shoes at the redraft combine in 2013. He went undrafted, drew some interest around the league, but chose to sign in Houston.

Covington is not well suited to be an NBA 4-man, but his lack of skill set may render him just a guy always on the fringe of being in the league. He shot just 41 percent from the floor in college, while over half his shots in the NCAA were jumpers.

Covington is good operating in the mid-post area, with decent speed off his first step, but there’s no mistake to be made here: This is not Charles Barkley.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey had a decision to go with roster sizes, and Covington will have trouble remaining in the NBA for any length of time given his clear limitations as a power forward.

Source: @ShamsCharania of Real GM