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Britney Griner in the NBA?

For those of us who watch sports know al to well who Britney Griner is. She is a 22 year old woman who plays basketball at Baylor University in Waco Texas. She is the all time leader in points and blocked shots in NCAA. In fact her and Kareem Abdul Jabbar who is arguably one of the greatest players of all time are the only players who have averaged 24 points, 10 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 5 blocks in a season. With that said, she is the greatest NCAA Womens basketball player to ever live. Other than that she is also the most evaluated and criticized. She is talked about in the media and social networks for her accomplishments yet she is made fun of due to her physique which stands out. She is labeled as being a grunt, a man in a woman’s body and so on. Just recently Mark Cuban who owns the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks suggested that he would allow her to try out for the NBA rather than the WNBA. Although he did not guarantee her a shot to play, he did make an offer to think about it which is far more than anyone else in the NBA. After this statement by Cuban, ESPN.com who (contributes daily polls that viewers and surfers can volunteer to answer right on the home page) asked this very question:

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he would consider selecting Brittney Griner in the second round of the NBA draft. Could Griner compete in the NBA?

the answer simple ; Yes or No

Once you place the answer the results are shown as they are at that very moment.

I answered yes and received these results.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he would consider selecting Brittney Griner in the second round of the NBA draft. Could Griner compete in the NBA?

21%
Yes
79%
No

An astounding no!

This would not be as bad if the question asked would Britney Griner be as good as she is if she playedf in the NBA? Because than we could argue that the competition in the NBA is elite and only a few select players become stars. However the question suggested that “considering” and “offer” could she compete?
I ask why couldn’t she what makes her not as equally able to compete?


5 Comments

  1. dsielski says:

    She would stand absolutely no chance in the NBA. The reason she dominates the women’s college basketball game is because she is a foot taller than the average player, not because she has an NBA skill-set. Additionally, she is a center and the average height of NBA centers is around 7’0 tall. She would be giving up five inches and probably 100 pounds to any given center in the NBA. There is no place for it in the game. Additionally, what is wrong with the WNBA? All this talk about her going to the NBA is going to make people think that the WNBA is far inferior to the NBA. I don’t get the logic of people thinking that it would benefit women as a whole for Griner to play in the NBA? She would look absolutely terrible against the larger NBA centers in addition to the WNBA looking more inferior to the NBA than it is already typically seen as. The WNBA was created for women to be able to play professional basketball and NBA for men. Therefore, Griner needs to play in the WNBA and hopefully increase the fan base for it, instead of going to the NBA and making the WNBA look like some intramural league that only mediocre women play in.

  2. henrysaadi says:

    She could play power forward and last time I checked Jason maxiell is about 6’7 playing that position

  3. henrysaadi says:

    Yes but my point is not weather she will be good in the NBA or not, My point is she will not be the worst, she has skills that go unappreciated because she is a woman

  4. dsielski says:

    Jason Maxiell is 6’7 and 260 pounds with a 34″ vertical and Paul Bunyan type strength. Brittney Griner is 207 pounds with a 28 inch vertical. Comparing those stats alone, Griner is extremely inferior to Maxiell. Furthermore, Maxiell is the Pistons 3rd string center that sees limited court time. How can you tell me Brittney Griner could compete if she doesn’t even measure up to NBA third stringers?

  5. dsielski says:

    Additionally, if Brittney Griner was an NBA talent and could compete with NBA players, why wouldn’t she have played for the men’s basketball team at Baylor?

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