6 best undrafted talents to play for the Houston Rockets

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3. Robert Covington

Robert Covington has proven to be one of the league’s better 3-and-D specialists, especially in his peak. The Rockets spent seemingly forever trying to pry him from the Minnesota Timberwolves and eventually gave up Clint Capela, who was under contract long-term and was still just 25-years-old at the time of the deal.

Covington became one of the team’s better defenders in 2019-20, as he thrived both on the wing and in the post.

The Rockets used RoCo as a free safety, allowing him to roam on defense. Covington averaged 4 stocks per game as a member of the small ball Rockets (2.2 blocks and 1.6 steals per contest), along with 11.6 points and 8 rebounds.

The Rockets weren’t surprised by Covington’s instant productivity, as they perhaps knew more about him than anyone else. After all, they first noticed him and signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

Covington would later join the Philadelphia 76ers in just his second season and became one of the ten best long-range shooters in the entire league.

All told, Covington has done very well for himself financially, as he’s made over $79 million in 10 seasons and figures to land another pay day when his current contract expires after this upcoming season.