Mar 8, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Murray State Racers guard Isaiah Canaan (3) drives against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels during the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament at Nashville Municipal Auditorium. Murray State won 81-73. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2013: Houston Rockets Select Isaiah Canaan with the No. 34 Pick

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The Houston Rockets have selected Murray State Point Guard Isaiah Canaan with the No. 34 pick in the Second Round. breaks down his strengths:

“Canaan is a strong, aggressive scoring point guard who put up big numbers in college … He’s a deadly outside shooter who shot 42% on 3-pointers during his college career … He’s one of the best shooters off the dribble in this draft class, thanks to his quick release. Canaan is also very proficient on the catch-and-shoot, which will help him in the NBA when he isn’t handling the ball as often as he did in college … A real tank of a point guard, especially at his height, Canaan loves to get in the lane and take contact … Drew a high rate of fouls in college (6 FTA per game) and shot 82% from the line last season … A pesky perimeter defender, Canaan is able to harass opposing point guards into losing their handle on the ball, leading to an easy break the other way … Attacks the basket with assertiveness, combining with his bulk to make him very difficult to slow down … Good wingspan (6’4.5″) will help him compensate for his lack of height … Good leaping ability (40.5″ max vert) … Very smooth, quick shooting form … Good at using screens to drive or get an open shot, making him a solid pick-and-roll player overall … Showed the ability to carry a heavy offensive load for his team, as he accounted for nearly a third of Murray State’s offensive possessions … Is effective on the one-handed floater in the lane … Appears to be a very confident and poised player out there …”

Via Jonathan Wasserman of

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