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

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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