Robert Covington totaled 12 points (4-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six assists, six rebounds, a steal, and a block over 29 minutes in Thursday's 115-114 victory over the Cavaliers.
Like teammate and fellow small forward Jerami Grant, Covington has not been shy about breaking out his three-point shot in the preseason, already putting up 11 attempts at a 45 percent success rate over the first pair of games on the exhibition slate. Covington has also turned in two six-rebound efforts in the Sixers' first two exhibition contests, a positive sign after he averaged 4.5 in 2014-15. Overall, the 24-year-old has gotten off to a strong start and will need to maintain it in order to stave off Grant for a starting role. At worse, the Sixers will enjoy quality depth at the small forward spot, something that they were hard pressed to claim at virtually any position for a long time.
Andrew Bogut scored eight points on 4-of-4 shooting with four rebounds, three assists, a steal and three blocked shots in Thursday night's preseason game against the Trail Blazers.
Bogut had been held scoreless in the preseason opener Tuesday, but had much more energy Thursday. The big story surrounding Bogut is that he's lost weight and could be on the floor more this season.
Jason Thompson made his preseason, and Golden State Warriors , debut Thursday night against Portland. He had two points, seven rebounds and one blocked shot in 15 minutes.
Thompson, who sat out the preseason opener Tuesday, got run in both halves but is still learning the ball-motion offense. He's a bit hesitant with respect to taking shots, but he was a presence inside with the boards and blocks.
Nick Novak was successful on two field-goal attempts and two extra-point kicks in Thursday night's loss to the Colts.
Novak took a little heat last week when he was well short on a 53-yard effort, but showed a better leg Thursday. His longest effort was from 49 yards that looked like it would have cleared from a longer distance.
C.J. Fiedorowicz caught is lone target for four yards in Thursday night's loss to the Colts.
The second-year tight end is considered more of a blocking tight end, so limited targets is to be expected. However, the position group was targeted just twice in 41 attempts last night, which should indicate something to fantasy owners speculating on one of the team's tight ends.