Isaiah Canaan will start at shooting guard against the Celtics on Wednesday, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Canaan has moved in and out of the starting five this season, but he'll be playing at shooting guard Wednesday while T.J. McConnell continues to spearhead Philadelphia's offense.
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. His scoring acumen from college occasionally flashes as a pro, as he's averaging 10.5 points per game to date this season. The addition of Phil Pressey was seemingly intended to provide competition for Canaan, but the latter appears to have taken the backup point guard spot for himself.
Isaiah 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.
Isaiah 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.
Isaiah 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 Philadelphia 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.
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