Jordin Canada – Draft Profile
By Matt Hallett
Jordin Canada is a 5’6” guard from UCLA. Canada received All-Pac-12 honors in back to back seasons 2015-16 and 2016-17. On top of that Canada was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in the same years. Naturally, this means she was named to the All-Defensive Team twice as well.
Canada also broke the Pac-12 record with 790 career assists. Canada was also the first player in conference history to score more than 2,000 points and give out more than 700 assists.
Canada lead UCLA in scoring with 16.6 points and assists with 6.9 assists per game. Her 3.1 steals per game were 17th in Division I on the season. Canada shot well going 44.4 percent from the field, 40.4 percent from deep and 81.6 percent from the line.
Canada has a tremendous ability to run a team. She led UCLA to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Her 31 points as a freshman was a sign of what Canada is capable of. Canada collected an extremely rare triple-double in her senior year. In the season opener against San Jose State, she collected 26 points, 10 assists and an incredible 11 steals. This shows Canada has an ability to read a game and her defense leads to points.
While she is not considered the best point guard in the draft, Canada is going to be the best prospect for running a team. Kelsey Mitchell is slated to get taken earlier in the draft because of her ability to score. This is going to leave Canada falling to either the Seattle Storm at five or the Dallas Wings at six.
If she does fall this far, Seattle will probably snap her up. Not only will this keep Dallas from getting her, it will secure the Seattle point guard situation for the long term.
Sue Bird may look like she is getting younger but in truth, she has to be nearing the end of her career. Canada could spend a couple of years under the tutelage of Bird while she puts some much-needed muscle on her frame. This way, when Bird retires the style of the team will not change much.
If she falls to Dallas, she will be in the rotation of Skylar Diggins-Smith, Aerial Powers, and Allisha Gray. This will pose problems for teams for a number of years.
One option, which has not been considered by many pundits is the possibility Canada goes to the Chicago Sky. With picks three and four, the Sky are rebuilding. Canada would be a greater prospect to back up Courtney Vandersloot than Jamierra Faulkner. The Sky could then address further positional issues with the other pick.
Canada truly has this potential.