A Closer Look At Brittney Griner And Elena Delle Donne’s WNBA Debut

A Closer Look At Brittney Griner And Elena Delle Donne's WNBA DebutThe new era of the WNBA is upon us, as top picks Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne have made their respective debuts. Behind a marvelous performance from Delle Donne, the Chicago Sky defeated the Phoenix Mercury by a score of 102-80.

‘On fire’

Delle Donne, the second overall draft choice, was on fire, finishing with 22 points, eight rebounds, two assists and four blocks on 9-of-21 shooting from the floor and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. With Epiphanny Prince going for 26 points, five assists and four steals, Chicago pieced together a season-opening road victory.

Griner, the top selection, overcame foul trouble to finish with a solid stat line of 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Unlike Delle Donne, who saw a substantial amount of playing time, Griner was limited to 27 minutes.


‘Intimidating defense’

Coming into the WNBA, the No. 1 strength that Elena Delle Donne had displayed is her uncanny ability to create offense. Whether she was taking opponents off the bounce or spotting up for a jump shot, Delle Donne did it all while attending Delaware. It was more of the same in her WNBA debut.

Brittney Griner may not have dominated this game, but she made her mark and proved just how imposing a physical specimen she can be. From her intimidating defense to the surprising ball-handling skills she displayed, Griner is the real deal. That was never more evident than when she stole the ball with roughly two minutes left in the fourth quarter, drove the lane and dunked it so hard that her legs nearly hit the backboard. Moments later, she dropped in a finger roll.

Brittney Griner and the Phoenix Mercury will look to turn their luck around on Sunday, June 2 as they travel to play the Seattle Storm. That game would pit Griner against three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson, but we’ll miss that opportunity due to a season-ending injury. Even still, this will be one to watch.

Who do you think is the better WNBA player — Brittney Griner or Elena Delle Donne? Which team are you rooting for?

Source: Max Ogden, Bleacher Report

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Mark Cuban To Draft Brittney Griner For NBA?

Mark Cuban To Draft Brittney Griner For NBAMark Cuban told reporters before the Dallas Mavericks’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers that not only would he give Brittney Griner a chance to be in the NBA, he would draft her if she was the best player still available (via ESPN):

‘I’d lean toward yes’

If she is the best on the board, I will take her. 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.

After hearing the news that Cuban would consider picking up Griner in the NBA Draft, or at least giving her a chance to make a splash in a tryout, she gave Cuban the word that she was ready for the challenge.


‘Not just among women’

For the record, Dallas holds the 43rd overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, not one in the late-50s. Regardless, Cuban talked about picking up Griner as if it would be more than just a publicity stunt, though he was obviously aware of the increased attention the Mavericks would get if he were to go through with it.

Griner, the three-time First Team All-American, 2012 AP Player of the Year, three-time Big 12 Player of the Year and four-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, has put together one of the most impressive college careers of any basketball player, not just among women. The only question left is whether or not she would be able to hang with men, even as one of the team’s last players off the bench.

So, would it be a good idea to draft Brittney Griner for the NBA? Who says ‘Yay’ and who says ‘Nay’?

Source: Jesse Dorsey, Bleacher Report

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