NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State men’s basketball alumnus Robert Covington will officially begin his sixth professional season with the 2018-19 opener for the Philadelphia 76ers scheduled for tonight versus the Boston Celtics.
The 2013 TSU graduate is in his fifth season with the Sixers after beginning his NBA career with the Houston Rockets.
Covington is coming off arguably his best all-around season as a pro. During the 2017-18 campaign, Covington put up 12.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He also led the NBA in deflections en route to NBA All-Defensive First Team honors. Covington and the Sixers advanced to the second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.
At TSU, Covington earned All-Ohio Valley Conference accolades three times. He finished as the team leader in rebounds and steals three seasons and blocks and points two seasons.
The Sixers’ opener at Boston is set to tip off at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) and air live on TNT.