Can Philadelphia 76ers Harness Isaiah Canaan?

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Dec 14, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Isaiah Canaan (0) looks to pass the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at United Center. The Bulls won 115-96. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Can Philadelphia 76ers Harness Isaiah Canaan?

CANAAN BALL!

The sound you heard as a child just before you nearly drowned from a wall of water soaking any parts of your body that were not already submerged. Isaiah Canaan is that guy…

A Loose Canaan

Canaan Ball

To shoot sparrows with a Canaan.

Yes, you can have fun with the name.  And sometimes you can have fun watching him play.

Isaiah Canaan is a 6’0″ 200 pound guard who is not quite a point guard and not quite a shooting guard. He’s best qualified as a hybrid, a player who can fill the role of either point or shooting guard adequately, but who doesn’t have the skills to play either position exclusively. Isaiah Canaan does not pass first. His type of play is not the ball handling, defending, feed the ball to the open shooter ala T.J. McConnell nor Kendall Marshall. But his shooting of 34.4% from the floor is not very good, particularly when you consider that he shoots treys at a 36.9% clip. That means he is shooting a mere 28.8% when he attempts to knock down two point shots. That’s simply not the kind of production you want from your shooting guard.

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