It appears that Brittney Griner would accept the challenge of playing in the NBA.
According to a report by Richard Deitsch of SportsIllustrated.com, Griner is “more than ready” to try to play in the NBA. The article goes on to say:
"When are tryouts?" Griner said to a handful of reporters at New Orleans Arena on Saturday afternoon. "The WNBA is where I'm at. That is where I'm going. After that, if I get a shot, why turn down something like that? That's big, even if you don't make it. Hey, at least you tried. Somebody pushed the envelope."
Griner said she would be open to an NBA tryout after the WNBA season concluded. "If everybody was OK with it, I would not mind pushing the envelope," Griner said.
While Griner wouldn’t be the first woman to try out in the NBA, it’s certainly a rare occurrence. It's uncertain how she would play against men, but the fact that she’s being considered to try out for the NBA says a lot about her achievements in college.
How would Griner do in the NBA?
Griner had a very successful career at Baylor. She broke the career record for blocked shots in the NCAA for women and men with 736. She finished her senior season averaging 23.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game. In her final regular-season game, Griner scored 50 points against Kansas State.
The NBA would be a lot different for Griner. At 6'8'', her height advantage would vanish, and she would likely be matched up against power forwards rather than centers. She would have to settle for more mid-range shots when she excelled in the paint.
It looks like Griner will enter the WNBA draft on April 15. She is set to go first overall, so the Phoenix Mercury would be Griner's new home—but could the WNBA just be temporary?