Tyshawn Taylor is itching for the opportunity to be a mainstay at backup point guard for the Brooklyn Nets next season.
Which is exactly why he has to be hoping that Brooklyn won’t select Murray State point guard Isaiah Canaan with the 22nd pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
The 6-foot, 195 pound Canaan is expected to go somewhere between the late-first and early-second rounds of the draft. That scenario would likely leave him available for the Nets, who expect their backup point guard from last season, C.J. Watson, to not pick up his 2013-14 player option.
Canaan was a stud at Murray State, especially during his senior season in which he averaged 21.8 points per game. His career three-point shooting percentage of 42.7 percent makes him all the more fascinating for a Nets team that will seek to add distance shooters this summer.
And if that wasn’t good enough, he also displayed stellar defensive ability, as he was good for 1.5 steals per night.
Given that he’s clearly ready to make an immediate impact at the next level, there’s a good chance Taylor has his fingers crossed that Canaan is either off the board before the Nets have their selection, or that they just decide not to take him if he still is available. Watson’s departure would create the perfect situation for Taylor to earn a spot in the rotation, but adding someone like Canaan would more than likely make such a situation vanish.
Taylor wants his moment, meaning he has to be rooting for the Nets to not give it to Canaan instead.