When Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said that he would consider selecting Baylor center Brittney Griner in the NBA draft, it sent shock waves throughout the basketball world. Former women's star Nancy Lieberman supported Griner, UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma blasted Cuban, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle remained noncommittal and Griner tweeted: "I would hold my own."
As Carlisle said, it is a polarizing discussion. People have rushed to either condemn this as a publicity stunt by Cuban, or champion Griner's cause. But let's take a look at Griner -- the prospect -- from a scout's perspective.
As a former NBA scout, I approached evaluating Griner in the same manner I would a "big man" prospect from a small school in a small conference; that is, a player who put up big numbers against inferior competition. You always take what they do with a grain of salt, but also have to give credit for their production versus the opponents who were presented.