Canaan with the Houston Rockets in 2014
|No. 0 – Phoenix Suns|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
May 21, 1991|
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||201 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Biloxi (Biloxi, Mississippi)|
|College||Murray State (2009–2013)|
|NBA draft||2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|2013–2015||→Rio Grande Valley Vipers|
|2017||Northern Arizona Suns|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Isaiah Canaan (born May 21, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an All-American college player at Murray State University.
Canaan, a 6'0" guard from Biloxi, Mississippi, went to Murray State after leading Biloxi High School to the 5A Mississippi state championship as a senior. Canaan had an instant impact for the Racers, as he averaged 10.4 points per game and led the Racers in three-point percentage at .485 as a freshman in the 2009–10 season. He was named 2010 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) freshman of the year as the Racers went 17-1 in OVC play, winning the league. They also won the 2010 OVC tournament. Canaan was named tournament MVP as he scored 16 points off the bench for the Racers in the final. Murray State went on to knock off 4-seeded Vanderbilt in the NCAA Tournament, before losing to eventual national runner-up Butler 54-52 in the second round.
In his sophomore year, Canaan raised his scoring average to 11.7 points per game and was named to the first team All-OVC team. He led the Racers to their second straight OVC regular-season championship. Though they lost in the 2011 OVC Tournament, the Racers again went to the postseason in the form of the 2011 National Invitation Tournament.
As a junior, Canaan and the Racers had a breakout season. Canaan was named to the preseason All-OVC team. Led by Canaan, Murray State began the season with a school and conference record 23 straight wins. Included was a 2011 Great Alaska Shootout tournament championship, as Canaan was named MVP, scoring 36 in the tournament final. Canaan, the Racers' leading scorer, was named to the finalist lists for the Bob Cousy Award and the Oscar Robertson Award.
On February 17, 2018, Murray State retired Canaan’s number 3 jersey.
Houston Rockets (2013–2015)
Canaan was selected 34th overall in the 2013 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets. On July 15, 2013, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Rockets. During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.
On February 3, 2014, Canaan was named to the Prospects All-Star roster for the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game.
On November 26, 2014, Canaan scored a career high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting in the 102-89 win over the Sacramento Kings. Two days later, Cannan left the game against the Los Angeles Clippers with a left ankle sprain and didn't return. At the time he left the injury, he was the Rockets leading scorer with 13 points. As a result of the injury, he was required to wear a walking boot and use crutches. After being forced to sit out for a few weeks to heal, he was reassigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on January 11, 2015 while he continued his recovery. On January 26, 2015, he was recalled by the Rockets after averaging 21.0 points, 8.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game.
Philadelphia 76ers (2015–2016)
On February 19, 2015, Canaan was traded, along with a 2015 second-round draft pick, to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for K. J. McDaniels. Three days later, he made his debut for the 76ers as the team's starting point guard. In 29 minutes of action, he recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in a 103–98 loss to the Orlando Magic. On March 4, 2015, he recorded career highs of 31 points and eight three-pointers in a 123–118 overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On March 21, 2016, Canaan made three three-pointers against the Indiana Pacers, giving him 158 for the 2015–16 season and breaking a tie with Allen Iverson for No. 5 on the franchise's single-season list. On April 8, 2016, he was ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Chicago Bulls (2016–2017)
On July 20, 2016, Canaan signed with the Chicago Bulls. In 2016–17, Canaan appeared in 39 games and averaged 4.6 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 0.56 steals in 15.2 minutes per game. He shot .364 from the field, .266 from three-point range and .909 from the free throw line. Canaan made his first career postseason appearance on April 23, 2017 against the Boston Celtics and logged his first career playoff start on April 26. On June 30, 2017, he was waived by the Bulls.
Rockets and Suns (2017–present)
On September 24, 2017, Canaan signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was waived by the Thunder on October 14 after appearing in three preseason games. On October 24, 2017, Canaan signed with the Houston Rockets. He was waived by the Rockets four days later after appearing in one game. On December 12, 2017, he was acquired by the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA G League. The next day, he was called-up by the Phoenix Suns, after Phoenix received an injury hardship exemption. He made his debut with Phoenix on December 16, recording 15 points, including three game-winning free throws, as well as seven assists and five rebounds in 27 minutes in a 108–106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Two days later, he recorded 17 points and six assists in a 97–91 win over the Dallas Mavericks. He became the first player in Suns history to come off the bench and have at least 15 points and five assists in their first two games with the team. On December 23, 2017, the Suns retained him for the rest of the season. On January 31, 2018, Canaan fractured his left ankle while driving to the rim in the first quarter of their game against the Mavericks. He was subsequently waived by the Suns on February 8.
NBA career statistics
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- "MSU bio". Murray State Athletics. 2011. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- "Murray St. gets 30th win in earning NCAA berth". ESPN.com. 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- Jeremy Peters (November 27, 2011). "Murray State wins the Great Alaska Shootout". Anchorage Daily News. Archived from the original on February 1, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- "2012 Cousy Award Finalists". Cousy Award. 2012. Archived from the original on February 18, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- "USBWA Oscar Robertson midseason watch list". USBWA.com. 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- Wells, Adam (February 17, 2018). "Canaan's #3 jersey retired by Murray State". wpsdlocal16.com. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
- Rockets Draft Isaiah Canaan
- Roster Taking Shape for the Rockets
- 2013-14 NBA Assignments Archived 2014-07-03 at the Wayback Machine.
- Eighth Annual NBA D-League All-Star Game Features 16 Players With NBA Experience Archived 2014-02-07 at the Wayback Machine.
- Harden leads Rockets past Kings 102-89
- Rockets Assign Canaan to the NBA D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers
- Rockets Recall Canaan from Rio Grande Valley Vipers
- "Sixers Acquire Two First-round Picks, A 2015 Second-round Pick, Isaiah Canaan, And JaVale McGee". NBA.com. February 19, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.
- Vucevic powers Magic past 76ers 103-98
- Westbrook has career-high 49, lifts Thunder past 76ers in OT
- Pacers' playoff push gets jumpstart with win over 76ers
- Sixers Injury Update: Isaiah Canaan out for season with torn labrum
- "BULLS SIGN ISAIAH CANAAN". NBA.com. July 20, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
- "BULLS WAIVE RAJON RONDO AND ISAIAH CANAAN". NBA.com. June 30, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
- "Thunder Adds Alford, Brown, Canaan and Thomas to Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. September 24, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
- "Thunder Waives Four". NBA.com. October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
- "Rockets sign guard Isaiah Canaan". chron.com. October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
- Rockets waive Isaiah Canaan
- NAZ Suns Trade for NBA Veteran Isaiah Canaan
- "Phoenix Suns Sign Isaiah Canaan". NBA.com. December 13, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
- Isaiah Canaan 2017-18 Game Log
- Amazing stat: Canaan first player in Suns...
- "Canaan signs with Suns". AZCentral.com. December 23, 2017.
- "Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Canaan suffers gruesome ankle injury while driving to rim". NBA.com. January 31, 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
- Phoenix Suns Waive Isaiah Canaan
- Phoenix Suns Re-Sign Isaiah Canaan