WNBA Players Could Make It In the NBA

Selas Rivers, Contributor

With the recent death of the legend, Kobe Bryant, many of his suggested ideas were dug up from the dirt. One idea he suggested was that some WNBA players have the potential to play in the NBA. Before his death, he brought up this idea after a WNBA game he went to, “I think there are a couple of players who could play in the NBA right now honestly,” Kobe stated. He also stated that “there’s a lot of players with a lot of skill that could do it,” (Source 1). Kobe sparked the minds of many critics, but they bypassed it thinking that Kobe only brought up the idea due to his daughter’s presence. What he said about WNBA players Diana Taurasi, Maya Moore and Elena Delle Donne were true.

Player Diana Taurasi claimed the title of ‘all-time leading scorer’ with about 8,575+ points, and before joining the Phoenix Mercury’s, she participated in a winner-take-all elimination and came out 13-0. (Source 1)

Player Maya Moore, a four-time WNBA champ, averaged “18.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals through her first eight seasons,”(Source 1).

Some critics believe that women can’t compete in the NBA. An NBA commissioner, named David Stern, envisioned women playing in the NBA in the upcoming years. He stated, “I don’t want to get into all kinds of arguments with players and coaches about the likelihood, but I really think it’s a good possibility,” (Source 2). He brought up the fear that many critics believe, “that women can’t compete physically with men…”(Source 2), and it can be taken as sexist from different perspectives. There are some women out there that can lift more weight than the average man, or some that are far above the man’s average height. “WNBA players have superb abilities on the hardwood, and many of them could likely trump men’s hoops stars in a contest of sheer skill,” Stern stated, which is also true. If the NBA wants to be so sexist about who can and can’t play on their courts, they should first look at how well their players do against women on the court.

Sources:

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2872628-kobe-bryant-says-diana-taurasi-maya-moore-elena-delle-donne-could-play-in-nba

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/305625-women-cant-compete-in-the-nba