Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How many NBA players would it take to beat a WNBA starting five?

Hopefully this doesn't come across as sexist, offensive, or obnoxious in any way.  I think it's a perfectly legitimate and fun hypothetical sports conversation to have.  A five-on-five NBA vs. WNBA game would obviously be a joke.  I'm also certain that four NBA players would have their way with five from the WNBA.  But a three-on-five contest might be interesting.

In this scenario, which three type of players should the NBA team have?  I don't think they really need a point guard; one, because there are only two other players to pass to, and two, because the average small forward's ball-handling skills would be plenty good enough.

I also don't believe a shooting guard is necessary, the NBA guys could pound the ball inside as much as possible and just shoot right over their smaller competition.  I'm not sure if a center would be useful either, somebody like LeBron James or Kevin Durant is easily as big as a WNBA center.

On the other hand, if you did put a guy like Dwight Howard out there, he'd probably get every single rebound and be impossible to guard if he got the ball in the paint.  I think someone a little smaller and more able to run the floor and get out and guard on the perimeter is probably slightly more useful than a prototypical center, let's say Blake Griffin.

If I was to bet, I'd definitely put my money on LeBron, Durant, and Griffin against any five the WNBA might throw out there.  What about just LeBron and Durant in a two-on-five matchup?  I think I'd have to take the women, but it's a game I'd love to see.  

Here's Dwight Schrute from NBC's The Office with his take on the NBA vs. WNBA.

Thanks to fellow @CelticsLife writer @Mike_Dyer13 for giving me this blog idea.

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