Boston Celtics Draft Prospects: Isaiah Canaan

By Rob Lunder
Isaiah Canaan, Boston Celtics
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The Boston Celtics will continue to look for point guard help this summer and a cheap, affordable option could come via the NBA Draft. That is probably the Celtics best option at getting a backup point guard, as it would be silly to spend close to the mid level exception on a veteran option. The best way for the team to accomplish this is by acquiring a second round pick. The point guard pool in this year’s draft is very weak and it would be foolish for the team to spend a first round pick on a point guard unless it was Michael Carter-Williams or Trey Burke, who both figure to be picked before the team’s 16th overall selection.

If the Celtics gain a second round pick, a cheap option at point guard would be Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan. He was America’s darling last season and his stock declined considerably this season, partly because the team was not as good as it was in previous seasons. He did not get nearly the national recognition that he got in previous seasons. Canaan is a veteran player and could be a nice option to relieve Rajon Rondo. There is no reason Canaan couldn’t have a career similar to current Philadelphia 76ers point guard Royal Ivey. This is not the most exciting comparison, but most back up point guards typically do not draw much fan fare. Canaan can hit the outside shot and will not turn the ball over much. The main problem is his size as he is barely six feet tall.

The Celtics need a backup point guard this summer and Canaan could fit the bell.


Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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