The Trail Blazers have obtained some much-needed wing defense while trading for Houston’s Robert Covington.
The 29-year-old forward is one of the most respected defenders around the league and he is just a couple of years removed from earning a first-team all-defense selection (2017-18).
But there’s that question mark on the other end beyond the arc.
He can get hot from three, there’s no doubt about that.
For his career, Covington is a 35.6 percent three-point shooter.
But he’s been a pretty streaky shooter over his seven years in the league.
Last season in Houston, he shot 31.5 percent from three.
However, Trail Blazers fans probably can’t get a certain game out of their mind, which now most likely helps them realize that their team landed a pretty solid 3-and-D player.
Let’s go back to Jan. 20, 2017.
It was a cold night in Philadelphia.
And Covington made it even colder for the Trail Blazers that night. In the final minute of play, Covington hit not one, but two HUGE threes. With 4.5 seconds remaining in the game, the then 76ers forward drained the go-ahead three over Evan Turner to beat the Blazers, 93-92.
That’s a dagger fans would love to see again and again now that Covington will be wearing black and red.