Brittney Griner Deserved to Be Selected in the 2013 NBA Draft

June 29th, 2013 by Mark Staffieri Leave a reply »

For the entire controversy surrounding Canadian-born player Anthony Bennett being selected first overall in the 2013 NBA draft, an even bigger controversy was evident: The fact that not one team took a chance on selecting Brittany Griner shows that women are not yet welcome in the domain of men’s sports.

While Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had discussed the possibility of selecting her in the second round, the Mavs draft was defined by wheeling and dealing. Their first-round pick, Kelly Olynyk, was traded to Boston, while second-round pick Mike Muscala went to Atlanta.

As the one owner who is not afraid to stand up to the NBA and challenge convention, Mark Cuban’s legacy in Dallas would have been strengthened by acquiring Griner. It would have been a move that could have easily created a whole new group of fans for the franchise.

Instead of pushing the envelope and taking a risk, the Dallas franchise exchanged draft picks as if they were trading cards.

While many second-round picks in NBA draft history tend not to have long careers, was taking a chance on Griner not worth the gamble?

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