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Apr 1, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Isaiah Canaan (0) shoots over Washington Wizards center

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(13) during the third quarter at Verizon Center. Washington Wizards defeated Philadelphia 76ers 106-93. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Canaan

Canaan is another D-League product, but a player that we can also look at in the context of real NBA games. He played two seasons in the D-League, averaging over 20 points both times.

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  • Coming to the NBA, a small sample of playing time with the Houston Rockets kept him from scoring much in his first season there. Partway through last year he was traded to the Sixers, where he had pretty good success, averaging 12.6 points per game as a Sixer last season, along with 3.1 assists.

    It appears to me that Canaan is a player on the rise for the Sixers, but may end up being one of the quality guards that ends up getting cut after training camp. Still, I find that with Canaan, if he does well in camp, will be able to seal up a spot on this team.

    Canaan is a very good catch-and-shoot player, who takes quite a few shots from beyond the three point line, taking 7.4 per game as a Sixer last season. When he gets hot, he can impact games greatly, just as he did with this 31 point performance.

    Although range is his strong suit, and “Canaan ball” was the most popular saying when he was in Houston hitting threes, he also has the ability to cut to the hoop behind his defenders, and drive when he has the ball. All around, I feel that he is extremely underrated in this point guard competition.

    I was impressed with what he showed, even with MVP Stephen Curry defending him in this game.

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