The Philadelphia 76ers have some of the best young talent in the league, but what’s also important is the team’s depth.
That depth has shown in ESPN’s Top 100 NBA players list for the 2018-19 season. Markelle Fultz (No. 93), JJ Redick (No. 65) and Dario Saric (No. 57) have all made the cut.
Here’s what ESPN said about Covington:
The former G League MVP has transformed into one of the best — if not the best — wing defenders in the league, shutting down practically any guard or forward who steps in from of him. While Covington is nearly irreplaceable on the defensive end (the 76ers were two points worse when he was off the court last season), they need him to be a more consistent shooter. At one point last season, he was making 50 percent of his 3s, but then he cooled off — culminating in going 6-of-24 in the second round of the playoffs versus Boston. — Martenzie Johnson
Covington is one of the Sixers’ most important players. He spaces the floor with his quality shooting. Last season he shot 36.9 percent from behind the 3-point line. That was his second-highest single-season shooting percentage from behind the arc in his career.
He’s also a strong player on the defensive end. Covington was named to last season’s All-Defensive First Team, joining Anthony Davis, Rudy Gobert, Victor Oladipo, and Jrue Holiday.
For the Sixers to make a jump this upcoming season toward being a title contender, Covington will have to maintain his solid shooting and continue to play quality perimeter defense.