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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Murray State PG Isaiah Canaan

Posted By Tim Healey On June 26, 2013 @ 12:06 pm In General | No Comments

As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

Isaiah Canaan (AP) [1]

Isaiah Canaan (AP)


Position: Point guard

School: Murray State

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 195 pounds

Achievements: Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year (2013, 2012), All-America second team (2012), All-OVC first team (2011), OVC Freshman of the Year (2010), OVC Tournament MVP (2010)

Key 2012-13 stats: 21.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds

What he brings: Despite serving as the floor general for almost the entirety of his four-year Racer career, Canaan is seen as a shoot-first guard — he averaged a career-high 4.3 assists per game as a senior — partly because that was what the talent around him called for. However, he also saw his shooting percentage take a dip from his junior to senior year: down to 43.1 from 46.8 percent from the floor, to 37 from 45.6 percent on 3-pointers and to 82.2 from 83.7 percent form the charity stripe.

As productive as he is shooting, defense usually is more of a struggle for Canaan. Most of those problems can be pinned on his 6-foot-4 wingspan and sub-200 pound frame. His 2-to-1 turnover-to-steal ratio also is cause for concern.

Notes: Canaan’s tour of pre-draft workouts was dampened by an ankle injury last week. It is not be serious, but did cause him to miss what could have been a few crucial days. … He told his hometown Sun Herald [2] that the pick-and-roll system Murray State used should help him transition to the NBA. … Canaan was a contributor right off the bat for Murray State, playing in all 36 games while averaging 10.4 points as a freshman. … Canaan drew notoriety for a near-halfcourt shot he hit from one knee [3] in February 2010.

Recent articles:

NBA.com: Spotlight: Isaiah Canaan [4]

NBC Sports: Can Isaiah Canaan make a splash in the NBA [5]

New York Post: Nets eyeing Murray State PG Canaan [6]

Video: Here is video from earlier this month of one of Canaan’s workouts [7].

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[1] Image: http://greenstreet.weei.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Canaan_Isaiah-Murray-State-2-25-12.jpg

[2] told his hometown Sun Herald: http://www.sunherald.com/2013/06/24/4756391/canaan-making-his-point-with-nba.html

[3] a near-halfcourt shot he hit from one knee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqIJFRQbE2I

[4] NBA.com: Spotlight: Isaiah Canaan: http://www.nba.com/sixers/features/spotlight-isaiah-canaan

[5] NBC Sports: Can Isaiah Canaan make a splash in the NBA: http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/11/can-isaiah-canaan-make-a-splash-in-the-nba/

[6] New York Post: Nets eyeing Murray State PG Canaan: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/nets/nets_eyeing_6WIBV23hcnvnaQ6hrzO9WL

[7] video from earlier this month of one of Canaan’s workouts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owpF-HbtrrA

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