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Eastern Conference player shocked to see Robert Covington get traded from Sixers

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Philadelphia 76ers small forward Robert Covington was part of the Jimmy Butler trade which took place Saturday morning, and one Eastern Conference player is surprised the Sixers parted ways with him.

One of the best 3-and-D players in the league, Robert Covington is averaging 11.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game on the season. The former Sixers forward is shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 39.0 percent from beyond the arc, and 73.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Making only $10.46 million this season, Covington’s contract has to be considered a steal since he brings so much to the table. The Minnesota Timberwolves are getting a player from the Sixers who can stretch the floor and defend at a high-level.

Robert Covington brings toughness and shooting to the Timberwolves, a team which is in need of both attributes. Minnesota is 16th in the NBA in three-pointers made per game and ranks 25th in defense. The Timberwolves are giving up 117.7 points per game.

Playing alongside point guard Derrick Rose, swingman Andrew Wiggins, and All-Star big man Karl-Anthony Towns, Robert Covington should get a lot of open looks from beyond the arc in Minnesota. Rose and Wiggins collapse the paint since they are excellent drivers, while Towns consistently gets double-teamed when he has the ball in the post.