Mark Cuban says the Mavericks would consider drafting Brittney Griner with a 2nd round pick

Mark Cuban wants attention again, pretends he's interested in drafting Brittney Griner

4/3/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Mar 26, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears center Brittney Griner (42) speaks to the media after the game against the Florida State Seminoles during the second round of the 2013 NCAA womens basketball tournament at the Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY SportsEvery once in a while, Mark Cuban is unhappy with the amount of media attention he's getting, so he comes out and says something ridiculous, hoping that people will give him the acknowledgment that he so craves.

Since we've already been compared to Pavlov's dogs around here, we'll take the bait. Why not?

Cuban's latest: He says he's considering drafting Baylor women's basketball star Brittney Griner.

"If she is the best on the board, I will take her. 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."

While Cuban would love to let people think that he would make some attempt to break the gender barrier in the NBA, the reality is that the very first sentence removes all possibility.

"If she is the best on the board, I will take her."

Those first eight words tell you everything you need to know. Mark Cuban would never draft Brittney Griner, because there's zero chance whatsoever that she will be even remotely close to the best player on the board.

If the draft had FIVE rounds, Griner still wouldn't end up being the best player on the board at any point.

Mar 26, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears center Brittney Griner (42) shoots during the game against the Florida State Seminoles during the second round of the 2013 NCAA womens basketball tournament at the Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY SportsWhile she looks great against NCAA ladies competition, there's really no way that she could ever compete against NBA players, and it's ridiculous to even consider it.

Griner is big. She's really big. For a woman, at least. Compared to most women she would compete with, she's an absolute giant at 6'8" and 207 lbs.

In the NBA, however, she would be average sized, at best. In 2007-08, the average height in the NBA was almost exactly 6'7". The average weight was 221.

Physically, Griner wouldn't look THAT far out of place in the NBA. There are skinny NBA players who are around her size.

The problem is, those NBA players who compare to her physically are shooting guards and small forwards who have incredible speed and a great outside game.

With Griner's style of play, those aren't the players she would be matched up against. And if she were, she'd be completely overmatched, because she doesn't have their speed, athleticism, or outside shooting ability.

The thing is, Griner's style of play is much like the traditional NBA center. That's really the only way she knows how to play.

If she were to try to compete in the NBA against centers and power forwards, she would be completely out of her league, physically speaking. Against NBA big men, she would be completely ineffective. She's just too small. Her height isn't even the problem, per se. Ben Wallace was only 6'9", and was a 4-time defensive player of the year. But he was also 240 pounds of pure muscle. A guy like that would absolutely manhandle Griner in the post, no pun intended.

It's nice that she's dominating a bunch of physically inferior players, but let's not entertain this farce that Brittney Griner could compete with NBA players. It's simply not realistic, and completely unfair to Griner to even pretend that it's a possibility.
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4/3/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

Mark Cuban always wants attention...