Finals matchup: Canaan vs. Bost at point guard

Apr 21, 2021 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Finals matchup: Canaan vs. Bost at point guard

The 2021 7DAYS EuroCup Finals will see a backcourt matchup between Isaiah Canaan of UNICS Kazan and Dee Bost of AS Monaco, a pair of point guards who do a lot for their respective teams and make them better in several different ways. The two will go head-to-head for the first time when the best-of-three EuroCup Finals tip off on April 27.

Isaiah Canaan, UNICS Kazan

Canaan has been hurting opposing teams from long range like no other player in the competition. The UNICS guard enters the EuroCup Finals with a league-high 59 three-point shots made. Canaan's energy and explosiveness – as well as his unlimited range – have been giving UNICS a great boost all season long. Canaan has been one of the most reliable pieces for head coach Dimitris Priftis, whether in setting the pace and co-running the offense, or simply as a scoring threat. Starting in all but three games this season, Canaan is second on the team in scoring (14.4 ppg.) and minutes played (26:42), and averages the third-most assists (3.1 apg.). He was huge in semifinal Game 2, when he had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists in a win over Virtus Segafredo Bologna.

Dee Bost, AS Monaco

An experienced playmaker, Bost has been having the best season of his career. At age 31, and in his fourth season in the competition, Bost has played a crucial role in Monaco's success this season, having a say in everything Monaco does. Entering the finals series, Bost leads the team in minutes played (28:35) and assists (4.4 apg.), and ranks second on the team in scoring with a career-high 13.7 points per game. The veteran point guard has recorded his EuroCup career highs in points (25), assists (11) and PIR (32) this season, and is coming off a solid semifinal series. In Game 2 of that series, he played a career-high 38:22 minutes, scoring 15 points with 5 assists in a series-clinching road win over Herbalife Gran Canaria. Now, with the EuroCup title on the line, Bost is one of Monaco's key cogs who can lead them in making the final step.