Injuries have plagued Isaiah Canaan for most of his career, but the former Murray State star player has managed to emerge stronger each time. Canaan began his NBA career in 2013 after finishing 34th in the second round of the Houston Rockets.
The point/scoring guard has gone on to shine for teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers, the Chicago Bulls, the Northern Arizona Suns, and the Phoenix Suns. We will guide you through his life and career in 6 facts.
Things You Need To Know About Isaiah Canaan
1. His father coached him in his AAU team
If you are an avid fan of Isaiah Cannan, you may find that he is incredibly fond of his parents, especially his father, Sardie Cannan, and there are many reasons for this. For one, Canaan’s father was not only interested in his academics when he was a child but also supported him in all his extracurricular activities. He coached his AAU basketball team and attended all his games. His mother, Nicole Martin, who worked the rotating shift (18:00-2:00), attended his games whenever possible.
Canaan was born on May 21, 1991, in Biloxi, Mississippi, as his parents’ first child. He has 8 younger siblings
2. Canaan faced a near-death experience in middle school
This is a fascinating fact that not many NBA fans know about. When Kanaan was a middle school kid, he was one of the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The young Cannan was stuck on the second floor of a church right next to his grandmother when the floodwaters kept rising. What was worse? Neither Canaan nor his grandmother could swim, so they were prepared for the worst.
Fortunately, both were saved from the church. Canaan’s grandmother lost her home in the wake of the tragedy. Canaan then lived in a church where he sang in a choir as a child before living with his mother in the Atlanta area for about 2 months. After the hurricane passed, Canaan returned to help his grandmother rebuild her house.
3. Sports was the only thing Isaiah Canaan wanted to do since his childhood years
Even as a child, Canaan knew Isaac wanted to become an athlete while still in middle school. Nothing else was important to him because he continued to focus on all the sports he loved. First, he played pee-wee football before adding basketball. It wasn’t until during his years at Biloxi High School that Canaan decided to focus on basketball. In his senior year, he led his school team to the 5A State Championship in Mississippi.
4. His number 3 jersey was retired by Murray State on the 17th of February 2018
Isaac Canan had such an outstanding college career that in February 2018 his number 3 jersey was retired from his college Murray State, which Canaan had to choose from other options due to his unwavering belief in him.
The impact of Canaan was immediately felt by the Racers’ team. He was named the 2010 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Rookie of the Year and MVP of the competition. The B-Baller was OVC Player of the Year twice in 2011 and 2012 – in his second and junior year. From his second to last year, Canaan made it to the All-OVC first team.
5. Injuries have posed a serious threat to his career
Since his 2014 NBA rookie season, Canaan’s career has been plagued by frequent injuries. He suffered his first professional injury, an ankle sprain in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers in November 2014, and as a result, Canaan spent most of his rookie season in the Development League.
After joining the Philadelphia 76ers in 2015, Canaan had a very good season, breaking Allen Iverson’s tie after three three-point goals against the Indiana Pacers. His flow was again interrupted by an injury, this time a ruptured labrum on his left shoulder, causing him to miss the rest of the season.
The injury affected his performance and left him struggling for the next few years when he was suspended from the Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Houston Rockets. Towards the end of 2017, he ended up with the Phoenix Suns. However, the new year 2018 did not start well for him as Canaan suffered another injury, a fracture of his left ankle in a game against the Mavericks. The team dispensed with him, but he resigned on August 3, 2018.
6. His Salary
Since the beginning of his career in 2013 alone, Canaan has earned over $4 million in salary. By 2018, Isaiah Canaan has earned an estimated $4.6 million in 5 seasons in the NBA, according to Spotrac. During his brief stint with the Chicago Bulls in the 2016-17 season, he earned over $1 million.