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Seattle Storm get a fantastic playmaker in Jordin Canada

Get ready to watch Canada cross defenders up all season.

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The Seattle Storm selected Jordin Canada at No. 5 overall in the 2018 WNBA Draft. Canada is the best floor general the 2018 WNBA Draft has to offer. The 5’6 point guard may be a bit undersized, but she’s quick, crafty, and an elite passer. She may have been the most exciting player to watch in college basketball last year, and she’s going to grow a fanbase on her lightning-quick dribble moves alone.

If there’s one rookie to bet your money on crossing someone up in her first season, it’s Canada.

Why should Storm fans be excited about Canada?

Canada averaged 16 points, seven assists, and four rebounds on 2.6 turnovers in her senior season at UCLA as the team’s primary ball-handler. She’s great in transition, and poised to make the right play. Her low turnover rate despite her high usage is proof that she’s among the top guard talents in this draft.

She finished school as the all-time leader in assists at UCLA, and was the first woman in Pac-12 history to finish with 1,800 points and 700 assists, according to the Orange County Register. She also logged three steals per game last season, and thrives pressing into opposing guards on the defensive end.

How ESPN analyst LaChina Robinson sees Canada’s fit:

Is there a player more fun to watch than Canada?

She can lose a defender off the bounce no problem. She’s very crafty, can penetrate the defense and find the seams. She’s just got that next-level quickness. She’s not a pure shooter, meaning I don’t think she’s thinking about shooting the three every time she touches it, which makes her different from Lexie [Brown]. But you have to respect the fact that she’s worked on that three. She has an extremely high motor. The only question mark is her durability, because she’s kind of small and you can move her around the floor, but that’s fixable.

Should fans be worried about Canada?

Canada’s size is a bit worrisome, at just 5’6 and 134 pounds, according to UCLA. She’s going to go against 6-footers like Diana Taurasi on any given night, and that could be a problem for her defensively. She’s known to poke the ball away and run in transition, and that’s still going to be a part of her professional game. But if guards opt to body her to the bucket, she may struggle until she gets accustomed to the toughness of the pro level.

Still, Canada projects to be a fantastic lead guard who can facilitate for others, and score when needed.