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Mark Cuban: ‘If Brittney Griner can play, we’ll take her with our second-round pick’

Apr 3, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

Brittney Griner AP

After a dominating four years at the college level, Baylor’s Brittney Griner is all but a lock to be the top overall pick in this year’s WNBA draft. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban pointed out the obvious in saying he’d draft her, too. Well, it would be obvious if Cuban were talking about the WNBA, but he’s not.

In a conversation with the Dallas Morning News, he suggested he would take Griner with one of his team’s picks in the 2013 NBA Draft.

“If Brittney Griner can play, we’ll take her with our second-round pick,” Cuban said in the context of talking about under-the-radar picks. “I don’t care.”

He went on to elaborate, again via the Dallas Morning News:

Cuban said he’s serious about the possibility of bringing in Baylor’s 6-8 star now that her college eligibility is done. “If she’s the best on the board, we’ll take her,” Cuban said. “If we have the 60th pick and she’s on the board, we still might take her.”

“I’ve thought about it already,” he said. “Would I do it? And right now, I’d lean toward yes, just to see if she can do it. “You never know until you give someone a chance. And it’s not like the likelihood of any late-50s draft pick has a good chance of making it. If we had tryouts, I would have no problem inviting her to work out and see how she did. No problem whatsoever.”

Is Cuban just talking, or would he seriously consider it? Could Griner make an NBA roster or see minutes on the floor? She responded via Twitter:

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Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. coryfor3 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    I’ve seen the possibilities for this draft. She might be the best on the board at 60.

  2. massivedick - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    I seen Griner play live in high school and in college. While she is an unbelievable women’s basketball player she would sit the bench for most DIII men’s programs let alone be considered for the NBA. This Cuban being Cuban. He is just getting some free press time.

    • mogogo1 - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      She’s 6’8″ and people are in amazement she can dunk. That about says it all right there. How many male players of that height at any level wouldn’t be expected to dunk?

  3. eagles512 - Apr 3, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    She would be beyond overmatched. What a joke.

  4. fnc111 - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    This would be funny to watch. Bradley Griner says he would hold his own.

  5. imforbigblue - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    She should play in the NBA she or it use to be a man just look at her

    • miconr - Apr 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      that’s just ignorant.

      • ezwriter69 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        Hateful too.

  6. ezwriter69 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Not a big market in the NBA for rail skinny 6’8″ back to the basket post players who can just barely dunk and don’t rebound much either and can’t shoot a lick beyond about eight feet. Even in the old league for those 6’4″ and under she couldn’t play, there is simply no position for her in men’s basketball.
    None of which mitigates her utter dominance of women, and her eventual place as one of the greatest women’s players ever.
    A guard would have a better chance of making the jump to the NBA, but even there, the athleticism of the men’s game would overwhelm any woman… a strictly catch and shoot 3-point gunner might have a shot (there are some truly great shooters in the women’s game), as long as you didn’t expect her to play defense.

    • fightfanwill - Apr 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      Even with the catch and shoot gunners, the girl would be impacted from having to use the larger men’s ball.

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