Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is pretty well-known for being controversial and innovative. That clearly hasn’t changed, as Cuban said today he is highly considering taking Baylor star forward Brittany Griner in the NBA draft if given the opportunity. Griner, a 6-foot-8 dominating force in women’s college basketball, is also likely to be the number one pick in the WNBA draft as well.
Cuban had some interesting thoughts on Griner, and him potentially selecting her:
“If she is the best on the board, I will take her,” Cuban said before the Mavs’ Tuesday night game against the Los Angeles Lakers. “I’ve thought about it. I’ve thought about it already. Would I do it? Right now, I’d lean towards 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.”
That statement actually makes a lot of sense if you think about it. Basically, Cuban is saying “why not give her a shot?” I don’t think Griner would have a shot in the league, mostly because 6-foot-8 is not that big in the league for a girl who has a game centered around post-moves. If she was three or four inches taller, she would have a much better chance.
However, all that Cuban is saying is that it would be a low-risk high-reward move for the team to make. Also, he wouldn’t be Mark Cuban if he wasn’t considering the financial implications:
“She’d still have to make the team,” Cuban said. “I’m not going to carry her just to carry her. I don’t think, anyways. But I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to giving her the opportunity.
Cuban acknowledged that Griner playing in the NBA’s Las Vegas summer league would have tremendous marketing potential.
“It would, wouldn’t it? See how she could do?” Cuban said. “That’d sell out a few games.”
I would definitely watch Griner go toe-to-toe with the boys, and I would think a lot of you would too.
By: Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Co-Founder