Isaiah Canaan Picked by Houston Rockets: Scouting Report and Analysis

Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 17:  Isaiah Canaan #3 of the Murray State Racers grabs a rebound in the first half while taking on the Marquette Golden Eagles during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 17, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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With the No. 34 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Houston Rockets selected Isaiah Canaan from Murray State University.

Here's everything you need to know about Canaan: 

Physical Tools

Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Canaan's physical attributes:

Though just 6'0'' (5'11'' in socks), Canaan makes up for an inch or two of size with a strong frame, powerful legs and fluid athleticism. He's got the look of an NBA point guard, regardless of how tall he stands.

At 188 pounds, he weighed in almost 20 pounds heavier (stronger) than 5'11'' Shane Larkin, who many project as a mid-first rounder.

He's also lightning quick off the bounce and got up for a 40.5'' max vertical at the combine.

 

Getting to Know Isaiah Canaan

As a four-year player from Murray State, Canaan is a competitor who will have a chip on his shoulder when he suits up for the first time in the NBA. He's mentally and physically ready to show that his mid-major playmaking translates to the league as a floor general and scorer.

 

NBA Player Comparison

Because of his strong frame, vocal leadership and ability to torch opponents off the bounce and from deep, Canaan seems a lot like a taller rendition of Nate Robinson.

If he doesn't blossom into a star, his floor is still decent, as he compares to a better-passing version of Norris Cole.

 

Pro Predictions

Opposing coaches will realize that the 2013 point guard class was actually quite deep when they encounter Canaan.

His skills and approach to the game are ready for NBA action, so he will generate plenty of offense as a reserve during his rookie year.

Defenses will be forced to go over screens to prevent his long-range attack, and if they overplay his shooting, he will take it to the paint and finish with his athleticism and floaters.

Canaan might struggle a bit as a quarterback due to his size and adjusting to NBA defenses. His ability to adapt and evolve will determine whether he gets a substantial role as a veteran.