NEW YORK --- Tennessee State men’s basketball alumnus Robert Covington was honored for his performance this season for the Philadelphia 76ers by earning 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive First Team honors. The award is voted on by a global panel of 100 sportwriters and broadcasters.
- The 2013 graduate of Tennessee State University recently completed his fifth NBA season – his fourth with the Sixers.
- This year, the 6-9 forward averaged 12.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in helping the Sixers secure the three seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.
- In the NBA Playoffs, Covington’s Sixers advanced to the second round after defeating the Miami Heat in the first round.
- Throughout the season, the Illinois native led the NBA in deflections and was first in the NBA in defensive win shares among players who played in at least 70 percent of their teams’ games.
- He was joined on the NBA All-Defensive First Team by Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz), Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans) and Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers).
- Covington was a three-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection during his time with Tennessee State.
- For the Tigers, Covington finished as the team leader in rebounds and steals three seasons and blocks and points two seasons.