Dallas Mavericks: Brittney Griner

Should the Mavericks draft Brittney Griner?

April, 4, 2013
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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently said that he would consider selecting Brittney Griner in the second round of the NBA Draft.

Could Griner play in the NBA? Would it be wise for the Mavericks to use a second-round pick on the Baylor women’s basketball superstar?

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Mavericks don't draft well


Since Cuban became majority owner of the Mavericks in 2000, their 22 draft picks have combined to make just one All-Star appearance -- Josh Howard, a first-round selection in 2003 who played in the NBA ASG in 2007.

In fact, Howard's visit is the only All-Star appearance by any of the Mavericks' 35 draft picks since 1995.

Since 1995, the Mavericks are the only NBA franchise whose second-round draft picks have fewer than two combined career All-Star appearances (other than the Bobcats, whose first season was 2004).

Let's take a look at the Mavericks' second-round picks in the Cuban era:

  • Darius Johnson-Odom (2012): Four career games, zero career points
  • Targuy Ngombo (2011): Never played in NBA
  • Solomon Alabi (2010): 26 career games, 39 career points
  • Ahmad Nivins (2009): Never played in NBA
  • Shan Foster (2008): Never played in NBA
  • Milovan Rakovic (2007): Never played in NBA
  • Renaldas Seibutis (2007): Never played in NBA
  • Nick Fazekas (2007): 26 career games, 107 career points
  • J.R. Pinnock (2006): Never played in NBA
  • Vassilis Spanoulis (2004): 31 career games, 85 career points
  • Xue Yuyang (2003): Never played in NBA
  • Mladen Sekularac (2002): Never played in NBA
  • Kyle Hill (2001): Never played in NBA
  • Kenny Satterfield (2001): 75 career games, 321 career points
  • Dan Langhi (2000): 133 career games, 393 career points
  • Pete Mickael (2000): Never played in NBA

    Since 2000, the Mavericks' 16 second-round picks have a combined 295 career games and 945 career points.

    These second-round picks were technically selected by other teams, but acquired by the Mavericks in draft-day deals:

  • Jae Crowder (2012): 70 games and scored 378 points
  • Bernard James (2012): 43 games and scored 129 points
  • Eduardo Najera (2000): 3,052 points in 619 career games

    The success rate for second-round picks isn't very high league-wide. From 2000 to 2011, only 30 percent (108 of 356) of second-round picks have played at least 100 career games in the NBA.

    Griner dominated college game


    Griner has 18 career dunks, more than every other woman combined in Division I history. Griner dunked three times in one game, while Candace Parker is the only other woman to dunk more than three times in her entire college career.

  • Griner is the most efficient player in women's college basketball. She led the country in points per post-up play and points per play overall this season.

  • Of course, men's college basketball is a completely different game than Griner's competition. But for what it's worth, nobody in men's college basketball averaged as many points per play (1.14) as Griner averaged on post-ups this season (minimum 150 plays).

  • Griner held opponents to 0.56 points per play and 23 percent shooting as an on-ball defender this season, both of which led the country (minimum 275 plays).

  • If Griner posted those same numbers in men's college basketball, she would've led the country in points per post-up plays, points per play allowed and opponent field-goal percentage.

    Wouldn't be the first woman to be drafted


  • If Griner were to be selected, she wouldn't be the first woman ever chosen in the NBA Draft. In 1969, Denise Long was selected in the 13th round by the San Francisco Warriors. Long was a high school player who averaged 62.8 points per game during her senior year. However, the NBA later voided the selection because they felt it was a publicity stunt.

  • In 1977, Lusia Harris was selected in the seventh round by the New Orleans Jazz. The Delta State star officially became the only woman ever picked in the NBA Draft, although she never actually played in an NBA game.
  • DENVER -- Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle isn’t ready to offer a scouting report on Brittney Griner and isn’t willing to weigh in on the likelihood of the former Baylor star becoming the first woman to play in the NBA.

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    It’s a subject that has been the topic of much discussion after Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Tuesday that he’d consider drafting the 6-foot-8 Griner in the second round and essentially invited her to try out for Dallas’ summer league team.

    “I haven’t watched a single game all year,” Carlisle said. “I know she’s a hell of a player. Beyond that, I don’t want to get into the polarizing discussion about it. …

    “I think it’s important to have an owner who is open-minded and I think it’s important that the organization is open-minded. But ultimately, whether or not she can play is something I don’t want to get into.”

    Dirk Nowitzki respectfully and reasonably expressed doubt about Griner’s ability to compete against NBA players, based simply on her size and skill set.

    Griner, who dunked 18 times and set the NCAA record for blocked shots during her spectacular Baylor career, dominated the women’s game with her size and athleticism. However, she’d be extremely undersized as an NBA center.

    “(Players that height are) kind of caught between a 3 and a 4,” Nowitzki said, referring to the forward positions. “It’s tough. You’ve got to be fast and athletic at that spot. You’ve got to be able to shoot. You’ve got to be able to go by people, guard people on the other end, chase people off of screen-and-rolls and post up.

    “It’s tough, it’s tough.”

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    Dirk Nowitzki
    PTS AST STL MIN
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    OTHER LEADERS
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    AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
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    BlocksB. Wright 0.9