Brittney Griner has only played the first half of her rookie campaign, but her effect on the WNBA is already being felt. Having dunked twice in her first contest, many expect Griner – along with other talented females in her class – will change the face of the WNBA. With her effortless dunks making Sports Center and Youtube clips, there is now talks of the WNBA launching a Dunk Contest during their All Star Weekend.
Although she is injured for this year’s All Star festivities, Griner told ESPN she is excited at the possibility of putting her hops on display at future All Star weekends.
"Definitely would have something that the fans would love," the 6-foot-8 star said. "It would be a nice addition to the weekend and I got a couple of things I'd pull out for it." [...]
It would be far from just the Brittney Griner show, as other women in the league can lay claim to throwing down in-game dunks like Sylvia Fowles, Elizabeth Cambage, and Maya Moore.
"You have enough women in the league now where it could be a competitive, fun event. Back in the early days in the league it would have been a contest between Sylvia Crawley and Lisa Leslie," ESPN commentator Rebecca Lobo said. "Now you have possibly a dozen women. It would be entertaining and fun and that's what All-Star weekend is about." [...]
Griner would be the prohibitive favorite, but the league already has one Dunk Contest champion. Candace Parker won a Dunk contest against NBA Dunk Contest participants Josh Smith, and J.R. Smith back in 2004.
"It would be a lot of fun," Parker said. "It would be a great addition to the All-Star weekend and we're getting there. I think in the near future, it will happen."
The dunks won’t rival the stuff you’re seeing out of Team Flight Brothers, but it would certainly help build much needed hype around the WNBA.