The Women’s game has been changing right before our very eyes. The quickness, the skill, the height are all at all time highs. Tonight’s NCAA Women’s Championship Game features another example of the evolution of Women’s Basketball in UCONN’s 6’4″ Freshman, Breanna Stewart.
I first noticed Stewart at last years McDonald’s All-American Slam Dunk Contest, where she was catching oops. And if we can all be honest here, a white girl dunking and catching alley-oops? Shocked the hell out of me. After that I followed her a bit more closely. Taking note when UCONN coach Geno Auriemma said she could end up being the best player in UCONN Women’s history. Mind you, this being the school of Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, and Maya Moore among others. It took some time for Stewart to get it going but her performance throughout the tournament has been spectacular.
Her size and skill level are exceptional and that is where the wonder really begins. With women such as Stewart(6’4″), Britney Griner(6’8″), and Elena Delle Donne(6’5″); the women’s game is soaring to new heights. Literally! The women are getting taller and more skilled at the same time. And it’s changing the game in a way that rivals the change we’ve seen in the NBA over the last 20yrs.
Here’s a few comparisons, feel free to disagree:
•Britney Griner is the Shaquille O’Neal of women’s basketball. Not necessarily the best player, but the most physically dominant.
•Elena Delle Donne is the Kevin Garnett of women’s basketball. Long, athletic, fiery, and versatile. Can dominate when she wants.
•Breanna Stewart, to me, is the Dirk Nowitzki of the women’s game. A player who can post and board but is very much at home on the perimeter putting the ball on the floor.
•And last, but certainly not least, Candace Parker. In many ways, is the Lebron James of women’s basketball. Having played anywhere from point to center in her pro, Olympic, and collegiate careers, it’s the only fair comparison. Due to injury her career has kind of slowed. But there is little doubt that Candace Parker may be the most gifted women’s player of all time when you combine her size, 6’4″, with her immensely high skill level.
As a fan of basketball I couldn’t be more excited to be watching this evolution right before my eyes. There’s no better time in history to be a fan of the game, at all levels. Well, that’s all I got on this for today. Stay tuned for my next post! Stoda… Out! Lol