The Coast presence in the Phoenix Suns backcourt is a strong one.
The Suns already featured the brightest basketball star to come off the Mississippi Gulf Coast in quite some time in Moss Point's Devin Booker. On Sunday, the Suns signed Biloxi product Isaiah Canaan to a guaranteed contract for the remainder of the season.
The Suns initially picked up Canaan on Dec. 13 to provide help in the backcourt while Booker was sidelined for three weeks with an adductor muscle injury. The point guard proved to be a solid addition, averaging 10 points and 4.9 assists in 10 games.
Even though he's currently sidelined for a week or so with his own adductor injury, the Suns were impressed enough by Canaan that they gave him the contract.
“That means a lot, man, just to be able to put the jersey on,” Canaan told azcentral.com. “I don’t take a day of practice or a game for granted. Because you never know when it can all go away. It’s just a blessing to have this organization believe in me. I’m going to do whatever I can to make the best of it and hopefully be here for longer.”
Canaan, 26, has played with Houston, Philadelphia and Chicago in the NBA following a standout college career at Murray State.
Booker, 21, continues to show progress in his third year with the Suns, averaging 24.9 points, 4.3 assists and 4.4 rebounds. He is tied for eighth in the NBA in scoring this season along with Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard of Portland.
Booker and Canaan both became high school basketball legends on on the Coast, starred in college at Kentucky schools and now, they're playing on the same NBA team.
The Suns (16-26) will make their first trip to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans on Feb. 26 at the Smoothie King Center.