Robert Covington says he's 'excited' for Joel Embiid

Published May. 6, 2015 5:59 p.m. ET

76ers second-year wing Robert Covington recently sat down with Chris Cason of Slam Online to discuss his first season in Philadelphia, a breakout year for the undrafted former afterthought.

In the interview, Covington discusses his rise from the D-League, the security in finally having some stability and life while playing for a 17-win team.

He also mentions this gem about 2014 76ers first-round pick Joel Embiid, who sat out this entire season injured:

"Joel brings a lot to the table. He’s a big body that can do a lot of things. He hasn’t even been playing the game long. So you can see that he has so much potential. Just seeing him work out and all the things that he is capable of doing—it’s going to be great having him and the other bigs. His presence, added to what we have, is going to be tremendous for us because it’s going to open up the floor for us. It’s a great thing to add Joel to the pieces that we do have and seeing what else comes into play next season. It’s going to be a good year for us because we’re going to start early and build that chemistry to know where certain guys want the ball and where to make those reads."

Embiid was the third overall selection in last June's draft, but the Sixers took him without any intention of getting him onto the court this season, similar to what they did with 2013 first-rounder Nerlens Noel, who played out his rookie season in 2014-15 after missing the previous year. Philadelphia does expect Embiid to play summer league ball in July, which would be the first time he'd step on the court as a pro.

Click here to read the interview in full.