Isaiah Canaan (born May 21, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an All-American college player at Murray State University .

 

 

College career

Murray State (2009–2013)

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] Canaan, the Racers' leading scorer, was named to the finalist lists for the Bob Cousy Award[5] and the Oscar Robertson Award.[6]

College statistics

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2009–10Murray State36120.4.498.482.7782.31.6.9.010.4
2010–11Murray State321928.1.416.403.7441.92.41.1.111.7
2011–12Murray State333333.7.468.456.8373.53.61.4.119.0
2012–13Murray State313036.5.431.370.8223.54.31.5.121.8
Career 1328329.4.450.419.8032.82.91.2.115.5

Professional career

Houston Rockets (2013–2015)

Canaan was selected 34th overall in the 2013 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets.[7] On July 15, 2013, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Rockets.[8] During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.[9]

On February 3, 2014, Canaan was named to the Prospects All-Star roster for the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] On January 26, 2015, he was recalled by the Rockets after averaging 21.0 points, 8.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game.[13]

Philadelphia 76ers (2015–2016)

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.[14] 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 103–98 loss to the Orlando Magic.[15] On March 4, 2015, he recorded career highs of 31 points and eight three-pointers in a 123–118 overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.[16]

On March 21, 2016, Canaan made three three-pointers against the Indiana Pacers, giving him 158 for the 2015–16 season and breaking a tie with Allen Iverson for No. 5 on the franchise's single-season list.[17] On April 8, 2016, he was ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.[18]

Chicago Bulls (2016–present)

On July 20, 2016, Canaan signed with the Chicago Bulls.[19]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2013–14Houston22011.5.356.327.7241.11.0.4.24.6
2014–15Houston25914.8.405.381.7621.31.2.6.06.2
2014–15Philadelphia221225.9.377.364.8462.53.1.7.112.6
2015–16Philadelphia773925.5.360.363.8332.31.8.7.211.0
Career 1466021.6.368.363.8182.01.8.6.19.4