Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban raised some eyebrows this week when he suggested that he would be willing to select Baylor women’s basketball superstar, Brittney Griner, in the 2013 NBA Draft.
During a session with reporters prior to the Mavericks’ Tuesday night game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Cuban insisted that he would consider picking up the consensus best women’s basketball player on the planet in the second round of the draft – presuming she was the best option available at the time.
"If she is the best on the board, I will take her," he said. "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."
He added: "She'd still have to make the team. I'm not going to carry her just to carry her. I don't think, anyways. But I certainly wouldn't be opposed to giving her the opportunity."
Griner quickly responded to Cuban’s comments on Twitter.
Mark Cuban may draft Brittney Griner m.espn.go.com/general/story?… ...I would hold my own! Lets do it— Brittney Griner (@Brittney4Griner) April 3, 2013
Over the course of her four years at Baylor Griner scored 3,283 points and blocked 748 shots.