Could Griner play in the NBA? Would it be wise for the Mavericks to use a second-round pick on the Baylor women’s basketball superstar?
Mavericks don't draft well
Since Cuban became majority owner of the Mavericks in 2000, their 22 draft picks have combined to make just one All-Star appearance -- Josh Howard, a first-round selection in 2003 who played in the NBA ASG in 2007.
In fact, Howard's visit is the only All-Star appearance by any of the Mavericks' 35 draft picks since 1995.
Since 1995, the Mavericks are the only NBA franchise whose second-round draft picks have fewer than two combined career All-Star appearances (other than the Bobcats, whose first season was 2004).
Let's take a look at the Mavericks' second-round picks in the Cuban era:
Darius Johnson-Odom (2012): Four career games, zero career points
Targuy Ngombo (2011): Never played in NBA
Solomon Alabi (2010): 26 career games, 39 career points
Ahmad Nivins (2009): Never played in NBA
Shan Foster (2008): Never played in NBA
Milovan Rakovic (2007): Never played in NBA
Renaldas Seibutis (2007): Never played in NBA
Nick Fazekas (2007): 26 career games, 107 career points
J.R. Pinnock (2006): Never played in NBA
Vassilis Spanoulis (2004): 31 career games, 85 career points
Xue Yuyang (2003): Never played in NBA
Mladen Sekularac (2002): Never played in NBA
Kyle Hill (2001): Never played in NBA
Kenny Satterfield (2001): 75 career games, 321 career points
Dan Langhi (2000): 133 career games, 393 career points
Pete Mickael (2000): Never played in NBA
Since 2000, the Mavericks' 16 second-round picks have a combined 295 career games and 945 career points.
These second-round picks were technically selected by other teams, but acquired by the Mavericks in draft-day deals:
Jae Crowder (2012): 70 games and scored 378 points
Bernard James (2012): 43 games and scored 129 points
Eduardo Najera (2000): 3,052 points in 619 career games
The success rate for second-round picks isn't very high league-wide. From 2000 to 2011, only 30 percent (108 of 356) of second-round picks have played at least 100 career games in the NBA.
Griner dominated college game
Griner has 18 career dunks, more than every other woman combined in Division I history. Griner dunked three times in one game, while Candace Parker is the only other woman to dunk more than three times in her entire college career.
Griner is the most efficient player in women's college basketball. She led the country in points per post-up play and points per play overall this season.
Of course, men's college basketball is a completely different game than Griner's competition. But for what it's worth, nobody in men's college basketball averaged as many points per play (1.14) as Griner averaged on post-ups this season (minimum 150 plays).
Griner held opponents to 0.56 points per play and 23 percent shooting as an on-ball defender this season, both of which led the country (minimum 275 plays).
If Griner posted those same numbers in men's college basketball, she would've led the country in points per post-up plays, points per play allowed and opponent field-goal percentage.
Wouldn't be the first woman to be drafted
If Griner were to be selected, she wouldn't be the first woman ever chosen in the NBA Draft. In 1969, Denise Long was selected in the 13th round by the San Francisco Warriors. Long was a high school player who averaged 62.8 points per game during her senior year. However, the NBA later voided the selection because they felt it was a publicity stunt.
In 1977, Lusia Harris was selected in the seventh round by the New Orleans Jazz. The Delta State star officially became the only woman ever picked in the NBA Draft, although she never actually played in an NBA game.