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Blazers’ Covington Belongs on the NBA’s All-Defensive Ballot

The Portland Trail Blazers have not excelled on defense in the 2020-21 season, but forward Robert Covington has found a way to shine despite Portland’s team-wide struggles. Through 65 games, Covington has averaged 1.2 blocks, 1.4 steals and 6.7 rebounds per game.

With those contributions in mind, ESPN analyst Kevin Pelton listed Covington as an honorable mention in his All-Defensive team predictions. Listed at Power forward, Covington was mentioned just behind Draymond Green and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Pelton explained that Covington is hitting his stride in the final stretch of the season alongside center Jusuf Nurkic.