Canaan netted 14 points and added three rebounds and assists against Minnesota on Monday. Canaan has been primarily a backup point guard for Philadelphia this season, but is still averaging 25 minutes per game with three starts as well. He's starting to prove himself in the NBA as the scorer he was in college and is averaging 10.5 points per game so far this year. At the start of the year, Canaan was expected to battle with Phil Pressey for minutes, but he appears to have taken the backup point guard spot for himself.
Canaan scored three points (1-9 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 0-1 FT) and collected one rebound, one assist, and one steal over 25 minutes in Monday's 92-86 loss to the Mavericks. Canaan has submitted a few decent games off the bench since he was removed from the starting lineup earlier this month in the favor of the ascendant T.J. McConnell, but he's still far to inconsistent of a shooter to enjoy sustained success. He's now shot 3-for-24 over his last three games, dropping his proficiency from the field to 31.3 percent for the season. With starting shooting guard Nik Stauskas also in a deep slump, the Sixers could begin to experiment with other players in the backcourt in order to generate some more scoring production.
Canaan scored 23 points (8-16 FG, 6-12 3Pt, 1-1 FT) with three rebounds, three steals and a block in 27 minutes off the bench during Saturday's loss to the Magic. That's 40 points and nine threes in the last two games for Canaan, who's proving to be the one real weapon the Sixers have on their second unit.
Canaan will play more at shooting guard going forward, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Canaan lost his starting spot to TJ McConnell on Wednesday, and the 76ers appear ready to move forth with McConnell at point guard. Phil Pressey, who was signed Wednesday, will be McConnell's primary backup in the short-term, per coach Brett Brown, while Canaan will shift to a backup shooting guard role behind Nik Stauskas. While Canaan profiles, physically, as a point guard, he's a shoot-first player with a quick trigger from three, so the shooting guard spot may ultimately play closer to his strong suits.
Canaan will come off the bench Monday against Milwaukee, Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer reports. Canaan struggled against Cleveland on Monday, finishing with just seven points on 2-of-8 shooting while recording only one assist. He'll be replaced by rookie T.J. McConnell at point guard after McConnell put up six points, 12 assists and seven boards off the bench Monday.
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