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NBA Draft: Could Brittney Griner Get Drafted in the NBA?

DENVER, CO - APRIL 03:  (L-R) Brooklyn Pope #32 and Brittney Griner #42 of the Baylor Bears react on court in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the National Final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship at Pepsi Center on April 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Paul ShaiaContributor IIIApril 5, 2012

NBA executives will be flooding to local gyms taking a look at draft prospects in the near future.

Many will be going to Baylor University in Waco, Texas, but not for the 6'8 208 lb junior star who led a perfect 40-0 season for the Baylor Bears.

Britney Griner is listed at 6'8 208 with a 84" wingspan. Those are exact measurements as Moe Harkless, the Queens standout freshman who played at St. Johns this past season and will likely be a lottery pick. 

Griner averages 23.9 pts, 9 rbs, 5 blks a game. Yes, she is a dominating force while playing against other women. However, could her game translate to the NBA?

Yes, and here is why...

Her ability to run up and down the court is what sets her apart in women's basketball. Her length and quickness is unmatched. In the NBA she is not overwhelmingly fast but average in comparison. 

With a wingspan of 84", she will be a valuable defender against a shooter or small forward. Her 208 lb frame is fragile but with an NBA focus she will be able to put on added muscle and skill. 

Her tenacity is also translatable to the NBA–from Griner's punch her freshman year, to her recent final four incident where she came off the bench in a players defense. She is an in your face type player who does not step down from a challenge.

Although she is only a junior, and thoughts of a repeat are floating around Waco, Griner should generate interest from an NBA exec or two.

 

She will almost certainly return to Baylor for her senior season to work towards her future goals and develop further as a basketball player.

Areas that Griner would need to improve to make her a valuable NBA prospect include her jump shot and physical frame.

If Griner's dreams are to be the first woman NBA player, a stellar mid range jump shot would help her achieve her goal.

The mid-range jumper is a lost art in the NBA, and a player of her body frame, wing span and agility could thrive in the 10-18 ft range.

The NBA, especially under direction of David Stern is always looking to expand their global position. Any team that would be willing to take a chance on Griner would enhance the value of their franchise.

If Griner is on an NBA roster, jersey sales become available for the first woman NBA player. The marketing strategies are endless and an renewed interest in your team exists. 

Brittney Griner is an elite basketball talent. Whether her game could translate to the NBA is yet to be seen. She has been making history since she first laced up her sneakers–no reason to stop now.

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