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Canaan with the Houston Rockets in 2014
|No. 0 – Philadelphia 76ers|
May 21, 1991|
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|High school||Biloxi (Biloxi, Mississippi)|
|College||Murray State (2009–2013)|
|NBA draft||2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|2013–2015||→Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Isaiah Canaan (born May 21, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an All-American college player at Murray State University.
Canaan, a 6'0" guard from Biloxi, Mississippi, went to Murray State after leading Biloxi High School to the 5A Mississippi state championship as a senior. Canaan had an instant impact for the Racers, as he averaged 10.4 points per game and led the Racers in three-point percentage at .485 as a freshman in the 2009–10 season. He was named 2010 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) freshman of the year as the Racers went 17-1 in OVC play, winning the league. They also won the 2010 OVC tournament. Canaan was named tournament MVP as he scored 16 points off the bench for the Racers in the final. Murray State went on to knock off 4-seeded Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament, before losing to eventual national runner-up Butler 54-52 in the second round.
In his sophomore year, Canaan raised his scoring average to 11.7 points per game and was named to the first team All-OVC team. He led the Racers to their second straight OVC regular-season championship. Though they lost in the 2011 OVC Tournament, the Racers again went to the postseason in the form of the 2011 National Invitation Tournament.
As a junior, Canaan and the Racers had a breakout season. Canaan was named to the preseason All-OVC team. Led by Canaan, Murray State began the season with a school and conference record 23 straight wins. Included was a 2011 Great Alaska Shootout tournament championship, as Canaan was named MVP, scoring 36 in the tournament final. Canaan, the Racers' leading scorer, was named to the finalist lists for the Bob Cousy Award and the Oscar Robertson Award.
|2009–10||Murray State Racers||36||10.4||2.2||1.6||0.9||0.0||.498||.482||.778||20.4||1.7|
|2010–11||Murray State Racers||32||11.7||1.9||2.4||1.1||0.1||.416||.403||.744||28.1||2.0|
|2011–12||Murray State Racers||33||19.0||3.5||3.6||1.4||0.1||.468||.456||.837||33.7||2.7|
|2012–13||Murray State Racers||31||21.8||3.5||4.3||1.5||0.1||.431||.370||.822||36.5||3.2|
Canaan was selected 34th overall in the 2013 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets. On July 15, 2013, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Rockets. During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.
On February 3, 2014, Canaan was named to the Prospects All-Star roster for the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game.
On November 26, 2014, Canaan scored a career high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting in the 102-89 win over the Sacramento Kings. Two days later, Cannan left the game against the Los Angeles Clippers with a left ankle sprain and did not return. At the time he left the injury, he was the Rockets leading scorer with 13 points. As a result of the injury, he was required to wear a walking boot and use crutches. After being forced to sit out for a few weeks to heal, he was reassigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on January 11, 2015 while he continued his recovery. On January 26, 2015, he was recalled by the Rockets after averaging 21.0 points, 8.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game.
On February 19, 2015, Canaan was traded, along with a 2015 second-round draft pick, to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for K. J. McDaniels. Three days later, he made his debut for the 76ers as the team's starting point guard. In 29 minutes of action, he recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in a 98-103 loss to the Orlando Magic. On March 4, 2015, he recorded career highs of 31 points and eight three-pointers in a 118-123 overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
NBA career statistics
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- "MSU bio". Murray State Athletics. 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- "Murray St. gets 30th win in earning NCAA berth". ESPN.com. 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- Jeremy Peters (November 27, 2011). "Murray State wins the Great Alaska Shootout". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- "2012 Cousy Award Finalists". Cousy Award. 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- "USBWA Oscar Robertson midseason watch list". USBWA.com. 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- "Isaiah Canaan ESPN profile". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
- Rockets Draft Isaiah Canaan
- Roster Taking Shape for the Rockets
- 2013-14 NBA Assignments
- Eighth Annual NBA D-League All-Star Game Features 16 Players With NBA Experience
- Harden leads Rockets past Kings 102-89
- Rockets Assign Canaan to the NBA D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers
- Rockets Recall Canaan from Rio Grande Valley Vipers
- "Sixers Acquire Two First-round Picks, A 2015 Second-round Pick, Isaiah Canaan, And JaVale McGee". NBA.com. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
- Vucevic powers Magic past 76ers 103-98
- Westbrook has career-high 49, lifts Thunder past 76ers in OT