Fans weigh in: Which Rocket will be the unsung hero of the playoffs?

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Houston Rockets: No. 1 Unsung Hero – Robert Covington (26 votes)

Even though he joined the Rockets just 14 games ago, fans have high expectations for Robert Covington. Daryl Morey gave up an unquestionably talented center in Clint Capela for his services, so clearly the Rockets organization feels the same way.

The 6-7 forward established himself as a defensive force during his time with the Philadelphia 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves over the last few seasons, which is exactly what Houston has been needing.

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Covington made an immediate impression in his debut with the Rockets, nailing clutch shots and playing tough defense against one of the title favorites, the Los Angeles Lakers.

New acquisition Robert Covington buries two clutch triples late in the @HoustonRockets road win! #OneMission

— NBA (@NBA) February 7, 2020

While losing Capela would seem like a huge blow to Houston’s rim protection, Covington has been doing a lot of that as well, averaging a staggering 2.5 blocks per game.

On top of his perimeter defense and surprisingly high blocking rate, Robert is averaging 12.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for H-Town. It’s clear that the Rockets were high on acquiring Covington’s services this season, and he’s been showing why.

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When it comes to two-way abilities, Covington is the best player on this list. Given the likelihood that he’ll make key plays on either end, I think the Twitter fans got it right.