Can Brittney Griner Change Landscape of WNBA?

The WNBA is a sister-league to the NBA, but with just 17 teams and a meager budget, the two are hardly comparable. However, with the welcoming party for Brittney Griner now in full effect the WNBA may finally get off of life-support. It’s incredibly important for females to have a professional rank and the WNBA has been blessed with some great talent for the 2013 season.

The Phoenix Mercury made the easy decision of selecting Griner on Monday’s WNBA Draft and now the ex-Baylor Bear has insane expectations. Griner was a godsend to college basketball as she dominated the nation from 2010-2013, but the professional ranks are now calling Griner’s name. I have no doubt that she will positively impact the budding league and fortunately Griner does not have to do it on her own.

Although the buzz of the 2013 Draft class is surrounding Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins will both have enormous impacts on the game moving forward. Delle Donne and Diggins were NCAAW standouts and are not about to shy away from the spotlight. Hopefully these two can bring a male demographic to the game considering they both were known for their looks as well as their playing ability while in college.

In 2003 the NBA was blessed with a draft class that included LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade–a decade later and these three have helped transcend the game of basketball. The high-flying ability of James sometimes overpowers the other talented players in that draft, but the draft class a whole positively impacted the landscape of the league.

WNBA officials have a long road ahead of them if they hope to be as big as the NBA, however the talent of the Griner and company could overhaul the league for the better.