Robert Covington has been killing it so far for the Timberwolves!
Acquired in a trade for Jimmy Butler, Covington and teammate Dario Saric needed to try and turn the team around. At the time, they had a record of 4-8 amidst team chemistry issues among Butler and All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns. Now, the team has a record of 8-3 since and is looking improved, especially on the defensive end as the Wolves have transformed into one of the league’s best defenses. Covington has certainly been doing his part, as he’s been averaging 14.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.8 spg and 1.1 bpg on 43/39/80 shooting splits.
First Team All-Defense
Last season, Robert Covington made the First Team All-Defense. He was a key role player for the 3rd-seeded 76ers and was heavily considered to be the best 3-and-D player that every team wants. As of December 5, he currently leads the NBA with steals per game (2.3 spg). His effort in hustling for plays, getting deflections and being capable of defending all five positions has won over the hearts of many Timberwolves fans. As GM Scott Layden mentioned on the latest Layup Line Podcast,
“He’s got that ability to cause havoc on the defensive end and who better to play for than Coach Thibodeau in such a defensive mindset? The thing that happens with defensive activity is it does create kind of an enthusiasm for the rest of the team. Everybody then follows along.“
One of the biggest setbacks the Wolves faced this season was the Jimmy Butler fiasco. The trade seems to have reenergized the Timberwolves. The locker room is happy and there are no reported locker room beefs (as of the moment). One big part to play in that would definitely be Covington and Saric. Both players genuinely have mutual respect, not just for one another but for the whole team. Both players are willing to play the part they are given and will to do anything they can to help the team win.
Covington and KAT are getting along really well, which is good to hear as a Timberwolves fan. The two have been bantering during media interviews, like the time where KAT called him “Robert”, in which Covington proceeds to say how inky Thibs can call him that. The two have also gone to a WWE event together and seem to be friends off the court. On the court, Covington has helped KAT grow as a defensive player, and it can be seen over the last few games.
All in all, Covington has helped the Timberwolves turn the season around. The Wolves, now one of the league’s best defenses, are currently sitting as the 10th seed in the Western Conference with a 12-12 record. As the West playoff race remains difficult, each game from now on should matter a lot. The Wolves face the Hornets in a few hours, and I’m looking forward to seeing this team do well.