Brittany Griner

Baylor University’s All-American Brittney Griner may have a future in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told reporters he would consider drafting the 6-foot-8-inch phenom if she’s the best player available for his team.

“If she is the best on the board, I will take her,” he said before the Mavericks faced the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. “I’ve thought about it. I’ve thought about it already. Would I do it? Right now, I’d lean toward yes, just to see if she can do it. You never know unless you give somebody a chance, and it’s not like the likelihood of any late-50s draft pick has a good chance of making it.”

Cuban would select the Big 12 player of the year in the second draft of the NBA or invite her to play in the Mavericks’ summer league.

Griner, who’s the first NCAA player to score more than 2,000 points, would love the opportunity. “I would hold my own! Lets do it,” she tweeted.

The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year wouldn’t be the first woman to consider entering the NBA Draft. Ann Meyers-Drysdale, former UCLA star and current general manager of the Phoenix Mercury, signed a free-agent contract with the Indiana Pacers in 1979.

Like Meyers-Drysdale, Griner has the ability to succeed in the hypermasculine NBA. She’s dunked 18 times and has scored numerous triple-doubles. Griner averaged 23 points per game at Baylor was elected to the U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball team.

Despite her accomplishments, Cuban wouldn’t let Griner walk on the team without trying out because of the caliber of talent in the NBA. His motives are also monetary.

When asked about Griner’s marketing potential, he said, “That’d sell out a few games.”

Despite the high hopes of achieving Monica’s “Love & Basketball” dream, Griner will more-than-likely play in the WNBA. She has entered the WNBA draft and the Phoenix Mercury will probably select her first overall.

Yahoo! Sports editor, Kelly Dwyer, thinks the Phoenix Mercury is exactly where Griner needs to be.

“Brittney Griner has the potential to be a franchise-leading, league-dominating superstar in the WNBA. That’s the sort of pressure and expectation we should be placing on her, because these are expectations she’s fit to handle. To probably exceed.”

She’s not a gimmick to be gawked at and over-scrutinized by the collection of NBA executives and bored NBA freaks who watch the Summer League every year. No, at that point in her summer schedule she’s supposed to be here, doing damage for the Phoenix Mercury and leading a turnaround for a proud franchise that has been in the WNBA Finals four times, while winning the championship in 2007 and 2009.”

Oh well. It was nice to dream.

  • Tonton Michel

    A nice publicity stunt but she wouldn’t make it. Plus the WNBA needs her. Needs her bad.

  • bob

    Im all for it but the woman that plays in the nba would have to be physically and mentallyable to hang with the guys. She would get no special treatment because she is a woman. But outside the court she would be a super super star, the tiger woods, serena williams, emenem effect would happen. You know disproving stereotypes.

  • Anthony

    It would be interesting to see a woman in the NBA, but I don’t think Brittany Griner will be strong enough, especially in her upper body to hang with power forwards and centers in the NBA. I think she could play a while, but she would eventually be worn down and injured playing with aggressive 250-300 lb. men.

  • Blue

    If that’s t the case, what’s the point of the WNBA, then?

  • Mademoiselle

    I don’t watch the WNBA. I do watch the NBA. I’ll likely watch less of the NBA as more women are introduced. It’s not because I don’t believe women are as capable as men in basketball. I’m not sure if it’s because of whatever sexist conditioning shaping my preference, but I do know I only want to watch big sweaty men get physical with each other (within limits) if we’re calling it entertainment.

    That said, kudos to Mark on being forward thinking and not letting gender stand in the way of making more money.

  • Anthony

    Mademoiselle, you are my sister! I feel the same away about watching all of those sexy sprinters with nice booties, and seeing Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova sweat and grunt on the tennis court.

  • Anthony

    I would fear for Griner taking it to the hole because no man would wanted to get “posterized” by her on a dunk.

  • The Moon in the Sky

    You mean she would have to put up with sexism.

  • myblackfriendsays

    I don’t watch sports, but I have heard of this young lady. If she is good enough to play in the NBA, then they should let her.

    There is something that I have never understood about this part of the whole feminist thing: If women are equal to men, then wouldn’t the best female player be as good as the best male player? And even if she is not as good as the best male player, it seems like she would be as good as the top 10 to 20 percent of male players. So, good enough to have a career in the male league. If that’s not the case–what am I missing?

  • Daisy

    She would most likely make more money on the bench in the NBA than she would front and center of the WNBA.

  • bob

    sexism would be minimal to all the endorsements this girl will get if she play in the nba. She will be paid.

  • What Had Happened

    She has no chance to play in the NBA.

    Not because she has inferior talent but the position she plays in the women’s game, center, doesn’t translate and she physically will be unable to compete. She’s 6’7 — the same height as Kobe Bryant — and she has no skills to play guard in the NBA. That’s a fact.

    I hope one day genders are not separated at young age which widens the gap between the two genders in most sports. If Griner would have been able to develop as a guard with boys instead of a center with girls, she’d have a legitimate chance to play in the NBA.

    Mark Cuban will do anything for press. He knows she has no chance.

  • Anthony

    You are right, Brittany Griner would be a fairly short, 6′ 8″, and very thin (208 lbs.) center or power forward in the NBA. Think about someone like Tim Duncan or the retired Karl Malone, those men are around 260-280 lbs. with very strong upper bodies. Brittany Griner has nowhere near the muscle to push with these men. At small forward or shooting guard, she might make more of an I,pact, but she is a true center, not a guard.

  • binks

    Agreed! I think it is forward thinking and a bit innovated but as you said what is the point of the WNBA. The WNBA wouldn’t be needed if the women can play with the men and the pay grade between the men and women would be equal. But I do think Brittney G. is a wonderful player and would make a great addition anywhere.

  • Alexander

    Hate to break the news to you but Ann Meyers was not the first…
    One of the first was in 1977 Lusia “Lucy” Harris and a woman named Denise Long was drafted in 1969.

  • dirtychai

    Real bad. Zzzz.

  • The Moon in the Sky

    “sexism would be minimal to all the endorsements this girl will get if she play in the nba.”

    You are an idiot.

  • ScriptTease

    She got way too much swag…. like a Dude.

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