Rockets’ Robert Covington explains how faith erased his depression

Houston Rockets Robert Covington (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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RoCo in Philly

Covington joined the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2014-15 season, which was prior to the Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons days, and became one of their best players on the team. He made 37.4 percent of his 3-pointers, which was second-best on the team, while also scoring 13.5 points per game, which was third-best on the 18-64 Sixers.

All in all, RoCo finished tenth in the league in 3-pointers made during that season, which meant that he was finally getting his opportunity. But the team wasn’t having much success, as the Sixers went 38-126 over the next two seasons, although RoCo continued to get better and better at his craft.

Covington finished inside of the top 20 in 3-pointers and steals during the 2015-16 season, and performed even better the following year. Although the Sixers went 28-54 during the 2016-17 season, RoCo finished fourth in steals per game, and received two votes for the First-Team All-Defensive team, although he ultimately wasn’t selected.

During the 2017-18 season, however, RoCo finished sixth in total steals and fifth in defensive win shares, which was good enough to make the First-Team All-Defensive team. He also made 36.9 percent of his threes, while playing in 80 games, which was a career-high.

RoCo was finally starting to blossom and get his recognition around the league, but it wasn’t long before another change would take place in his playing career.

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