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The Houston Rockets drafted Isaiah Canaan in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft, and was seen as many as a steal. The Rockets of course have Jeremy Lin, Aaron Brooks, and Patrick Beverley at the point guard position, so sending the rookie Canaan to the development league to play for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers was inevitable.
After five games in the D-League, and starting all five, Canaan has averaged 20.8 points per page, 4 boards, and leads the NBADL with 9.8 dimes per game. Canaan is shooting 43% from the field and 40% from deep. On Tuesday night Canaan and the Vipers blew out the Delaware 87ers 153 – 109. That is not a typo, the Vipers put up 153 points, mainly due to the 87ers being a lousy team, and the Vipers knocking down 23 three-pointers.
With Jeremy Lin out for a couple weeks, and Beverley, and Brooks essentially being the exact same players except one plays defense and the other scores, now could be a good time to call up Canaan. The months of December and January are the dog days of the NBA, that period before the All-Star break where teams carve out an identity, while doing their best to stay injury free.
Here is Canaan talking about his time with the Vipers:
Hopefully the Rockets stay healthy and Lin returns soon, but what will it hurt to give Canaan a chance in the meantime.