The Houston Rockets have a history of finding value in the second round of the NBA Draft, most notably their relatively recent selections of Chase Budinger and Chandler Parsons. Though no games have been played yet, it appears that the Rockets may have done it again as they selected Murray State point guard Isaiah Canaan with the 34th pick.
Canaan likely would have gone higher in the draft had he come out in 2012, but decided to return to college for another season. Playing for a mid-major school, Canaan was looked to as the primary scorer and leader for Murray State as he averaged 22.4 points, 4.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game on 42.9 percent shooting and 37.1 percent shooting.
The main thing that people point out about Canaan’s game is his ability on the offensive end of the floor. Canaan is a great shooter, much better than his percentages give him credit for. His efficiency wasn’t great as defenses were able to focus on him in college, but there’s no denying his ability to shoot from all over the floor and to find ways to score.
Because he played at a small school and wasn’t surrounded by a lot of talent, though, people question his ability as a distributor. Questions about his defensive ability have also been come up over the draft process.
What makes him a great pick for the Rockets, though, is the fact that they are in a period of uncertainty at the point guard position, not knowing if Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley are the answer. Canaan will provide them another option at their position, as well as the fact that he will fit into their potent offense. Canaan seems to fit the bill as another second-round steal for the Rockets.