Should Brittney Griner Seriously Consider Trying To Play In The NBA?
Mark Cuban wants to give three-time college basketball All-American Brittney Griner the chance to play in the NBA. He’s serious about it, too. Prior to the Dallas Mavericks game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night, the Mavs owner was asked if he would consider allowing the former Baylor star to try out for Dallas. And, he not only said he would allow it—he also said that he would think long and hard about picking her in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft in June.
“If she is the best on the board, I will take her,” he said. “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.”
However, Cuban said that he would not simply select her and then give her a spot on the Mavericks just to get the publicity that would come along with it.
“She’d still have to make the team,” he said. “I’m not going to carry her just to carry her…But, I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to giving her the opportunity.”
The question now is: Should she take it? I say yes—and Cuban should give it to her. He’s 100 percent right when it comes to second-round draft picks. Most of them don’t end up making the team anyway. And, he’s also right about seeing what Griner can do on the court against men. While most peoples’ gut reactions would be that Griner doesn’t have what it takes to square off against the guys, we have to believe that she has, at the very least, wondered about what it might be like to play in the NBA. So, why not give it a go now? She’s young, she’s healthy, and the worst thing that could happen is that she gets cut from the team. There’s no shame in that, especially since there will be a bunch of guys joining her.
So, this June, we hope that Cuban uses a second-round pick on Griner. And, we hope that Griner gives it her all and tries out for the Mavs team. It’ll be good for her, good for the league, and good for the game of basketball as a whole. If nothing else, she’ll get a few weeks practice against a bunch of fellow NBA hopefuls and improve her game. And, who knows? She might just shock the world. It’s a risk that’s definitely worth taking.