3 early impressions of Rockets forward Robert Covington

Houston Rockets Robert Covington (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets Robert Covington (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /
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Houston Rockets Robert Covington (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

With Houston Rockets 3-and-D wing Robert Covington having already played eight games in the Space City, here are three early impressions from RoCo’s time with the Rockets.

When the Houston Rockets acquired forward Robert Covington it marked a significant strategic change. We didn’t know how the Rockets would look without a traditional big man but it was clear they were going all in on the small-ball strategy.

The Rockets received criticism for making such a change and the pundits were quick to point out how the Rockets weren’t going to be able to compete for a title without the necessary size to challenge the Los Angeles Lakers, although the Golden State Warriors won two championships by employing the exact same strategy.

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Rockets fans didn’t necessarily know what to expect from RoCo as he had become a much different player than he was as a rookie, which is when he last played for the Rockets. Covington went from a player who couldn’t make it past the G-League to one of the best 3-and-D players in the NBA.

In fact, RoCo made the All-Defensive team as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, which surely left the Houston Rockets wondering what-if, as it was clear he had become the best version of himself. As Covington has already played eight games with the Rockets, let’s point out three early impressions on how he’s looked as a member of the Houston Rockets and where he needs to improve.

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