Rockets Recall Covington from Vipers

HOUSTON, January 18, 2014 – Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has recalled forward Robert Covington from Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley.

Covington (6-9, 215, Tennessee State), who was assigned to the Vipers on Nov. 6, has averaged 21.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.48 steals and 1.33 blocks in 21 games (21 starts) with Rio Grande Valley this season. Through Jan. 17, Covington stands 10th in the D-League in scoring (21.0) and second in the league in steals per game (2.48).

A member of the Rockets 2013 Orlando Pro Summer League, Covington averaged 12.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.40 steals in five games (two starts) with Houston this summer. Undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, Covington averaged 14.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks in 118 career games over four seasons at Tennessee State. He finished his career seventh all-time in school history with 1,750 points and seventh in rebounds with 876. Covington was named Second Team All-OVC as a senior and sophomore, while earning First Team All-OVC honors as a junior. He was also named to the Ohio Valley Conference All Newcomer Team as a freshman.

About the RGV Vipers and NBA Development League
The two-time champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The Vipers won the NBA Development League Championship in 2010 and 2013. In 2013, the Vipers were also named the NBA Development League Development Champions, which recognizes the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA-caliber basketball talent via call-ups and assignments. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 14 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Thirty percent of players in the NBA at the end of the 2012-13 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on