I wrote an article (http://purpleandblues.com/2013/05/12/the-utah-jazz-should-draft-isaiah-canaan/) back on May 12th that the Jazz should draft Isaiah Canaan. Canaan, Murray State, is projected to go in the late first round and I believe that is a mistake. Yesterday Chad Ford on his latest Mock draft said that the Jazz really like Canaan and could take him at 21. This would be a great thing as Canaan measures up better than most of the guards with a 6’4.5″ wingspan and a faster 3/4 court time then every point except Trey Burke and Shane Larkin.
The guy can shoot lights out, pass and defend well. How many guards can do that in this draft? Honestly Trey Burke is the only other one which is why Isaiah Canaan should be taken higher. Every draft we get guys that fall that should be taken first but for some reason or another teams pass on them (Kawai Leonard, Tony Parker, Paul Millsap, Rajon Rondo etc.). Last article I wrote on Isaiah a guy said this in the comments:
Yea this guy is an idiot…..name me three guards that Canaan faced that will be NBA players? …..ill wait. He is not Curry n he is not Lillard. He is Randy Foye. Another undersized SG masquerading as a PG. These bloggers are so idiotic. We need Larkin or Schroeder. Plain and simple.
Here’s three NBA players Isaiah has faced and won: Will Barton, Kevin Murphy and Jae Crowder. Obviously those aren’t big names but they are NBA players. This guy obviously has never seen Canaan play or else he wouldn’t be calling him an undersized SG, plus he models his game after Chris Paul. Yes he can shoot the ball lights out but he is a true point guard that is a decent guy. He will be a leader and a good guy for Utah. Canaan also put up ridiculous stats against Auburn(SEC), St. Johns(Big East) and Colorado(PAC 12) this past season all three teams of which zoned in on Isaiah and he still took over the games.
I’m 100% positive that if Murray State had another 31-1 record like in 2011-12 and if they went on to the NCAA Tourney and won a game or two then Isaiah would be a top 10 pick in this years draft. He was alone at Murray State in 2012-13 with very little help and that hurt him even though he still put up great stats. In five years we will all look back and Isaiah will be the 2nd or 3rd best point guard from this draft and teams that took Larkin, Schroeder, McCollum or Carter-Williams over him will be sorely disappointed they didn’t take a harder look at him. Just in case you haven’t seen highlights of him here you go, enjoy!