TheZachAttack wrote:Just got an athletic subscription (it's worth $3/month) and came across an interesting tidbit to those questioning the idea of Covington playing the 4 or at least playing the 4 in anything other than small spurts:
"Covington also has experience as a stretch four. Early in his career, for a terrible, 10-72 Sixers team in 2015-16, he played 73 percent of his 1,903 minutes at power forward, jacked up 9.1 treys per 36 minutes while making 35.3 percent of them, and improved Philadelphia’s defense more than 3 points per 100 possessions when he was on the court."
Covington has not only played the stretch 4 role before, but he averaged 21 minutes a game as a stretch 4 (and another 7-8 minutes as a 3) for the Sixers in 2015-16. I think that is a baseline for what we can expect Covington's playing time to look like for the Wolves at the 4 position.
I struggle with just looking up those numbers (and I'm a big fan of Basketball Reference, where the stat came from). These guys don't actually know how to classify many of these tweener types. For example, I think Covington played a lot next to Jerami Grant that year. Judging by how the percentages break down, BBR probably classified Grant as the SF and Covington at PF when that happened. I don't know that I'd agree with those designations.
Don't get me wrong, I know he played the position. I just don't think he did as often as they're saying.