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Isaiah Canaan has too many NBA tools to let his physical limitations cloud his projection.
These days, 6'1'' works at the point guard position if you have the necessary strengths to go with it. Canaan has powerful legs with a strong, sturdy frame that can absorb contact when he attacks the rim.
He's a natural ball-handler asked to score in Murray State's offense that lacks a supporting cast capable of generating points themselves. However, Canaan has proven he can run the pick-and-roll as a facilitator, something he'll see lots of once he reaches the next level.
And with an elite three-point stroke, he becomes a dual threat off ball screens. Canaan has deep, NBA range and has been knocking them down with consistency throughout his four-year career.
He's currently shooting a career-low 38 percent from downtown, which is a career goal for most guards entering the draft. Last year he shot an astonishing 45 percent from three, after shooting 40 percent as a sophomore and a jaw-dropping 48 percent as a freshman.
Canaan is a scorer off the dribble who has the creativity and leadership qualities of a point guard. The Raymond Felton comparison is spot on.
There's a deep crew of point guards eligible for this year's draft, and without many starting positions available, one of them is bound to slip down the board.
If that guy ends up being Canaan, someone is going to get great value and bang for their buck.