Trail Blazers

Robert Covington brings versatility and energy to Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

The Trail Blazers have been making moves.

The acquisition of forward Robert Covington has fans excited since Covington has been a guy many have seen fitting into Portland’s system.

On the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast, our NBC Sports Northwest Blazers Insider Dwight Jaynes joined Channing Frye and Dan Sheldon to talk all things free agency and more on Covington. 

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Frye and Jaynes are in agreement: 

The Blazers gain a lot in signing Covington.  

I think it’s great. You bring in a vet, he’s proven – number one his energy… He creates easy opportunities for everybody else.

Channing Frye

And it’s Covington’s defense that could make a world of difference for the Trail Blazers who have undoubtedly struggled in that department.

“When you can rely on him to guard multiple positions, it takes a lot of pressure off of your offensive minded guards… When you have Robert Covington you switch one through three,” Frye added.

 

Besides his defensive minded game, Covington, who will turn 30 on Dec. 14, is a volume three-point shooter who has made threes at a 35.6 percent clip during his career.

I believe he’ll shoot the three better here than he has the last couple of years. He’s been kind of up and down with his three ball, but you get a lot of open opportunities here because of their spacing, because of Damian [Lillard’s] penetration and his draw and kick… I think it was a great acquisition all in all.

Dwight Jaynes 

And at 6’7,” 210 pounds, he can play either the small or power forward positions.

“I think part of Covington’s value is his versatility,” Jaynes added. “I think he’s a three. He feels like a three to me, but I think he’s very comfortable playing four and he can defend fours and threes, which is how, I think you determine what position you play.”

Listen to the entire Talkin’ Blazers podcast here.