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Brittney Griner's Bio

About Brittney Griner

WNBA CAREER

AWARDS

Member of the 2014 WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury

Member of Team USA’s 2016 gold medal team during 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

Four-time WNBA All-Star (2017, 2015, 2014 and 2013 (no All-Star game in 2016)…started in all three games she played in…did not play in 2017 All-Star game due to injury

2014 All-WNBA First Team member

Two-Time All-WNBA Second Team (2017, 2015)

2017 WNBA Peak Performer Award winner in scoring…averaged 21.9 points per game, marking her as the only player in the league to average over 20 points in 2017…became the first true center in WNBA history to lead the league in scoring…second player in Mercury franchise history to win the Peak Performer Award in scoring (Taurasi – five-time winner)

Two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2014)…became first player in Mercury franchise history to win the award in 2014 and is first player to win it in back-to-back years since Tamika Catchings in 2009 and 2010

Two-Time All-WNBA Defensive First Team in (2015, 2014)

Two-Time All-WNBA Defensive Second Team (2017, 2016)

 

BLOCKS

In five seasons, ranks eighth on WNBA’s all-time blocks list (487), second among active players behind ten-year pro Sylvia Fowles (532) entering 2018

Holds WNBA records for blocks in a single game (11), blocks in a season (129), single-season block average (4.04) and career block average (3.31)

Owns the WNBA single-game record for blocked shots with 11 on June 29, 2014 at Tulsa (previous record was 10 set by Margo Dydek and Lisa Leslie)…also holds single-game record for blocks in a playoff game with 11 against Tulsa on September 17, 2015

Set a WNBA single-season record for blocked shots in a season with 129 in 2014…..passed Dydek’s record set in 1998 on August 7 at San Antonio when she blocked Kayla McBride’s shot with 7:03 left in the third quarter…..it was the 28th game of the season, Dydek set her record in 30 games…..also tied Dydek’s record of having six games with six or more blocks in a season

Posted seven games of six or more blocks in 2015, setting the record for most games with six or more blocks in a season…previous was six games, which was held by both Griner and Margo Dydek

Holds WNBA single-season blocks per game record after averaging 4.04 blocks per game in 2015…previous record was 3.80 by Dydek in 1998

Owns a career average of 3.31 blocks, the highest in league history…her average sits 0.59 blocks more than Dydek who currently has the second-highest career average of 2.72

Became the only player in WNBA history to average 3.0 blocks or more in each of her first four seasons…last NBA player to do so was Shawn Bradley (1993-97)

Has led the league in blocks per game in all five of her WNBA seasons (2013 – 3.0, 2014 – 3.7, 2015 – 4.0, 2016 – 3.1, 2017 – 2.5)…led the league in total blocks in her first four years, but finished with the second-most in 2017 after missing eight games due to injury

Became fastest WNBA player to reach 400 career blocks (115 games) on September 2, 2016 at Connecticut…Only three NBA players reached 400 career blocks in 115 or fewer games (David Robinson, Manute Bol and Mark Eaton)

Became the Mercury’s all-time blocks leader on August 9, 2015 against Minnesota in just her third season…now at 487 career blocks, ranks 202 blocks ahead of Diana Taurasi (285), who ranks second on the Mercury’s all-time blocks list entering 2018

Has 38 career games with five or more blocks, 21 career games with six or more blocks…has recorded four or more blocks in 64-of-147 career games (43.5-percent)

Ranks tied for ninth on the WNBA’s all-time Playoffs blocks chart with 57 postseason swats…only player in top 10 with less than 23 career Playoff games played…tied for second on the list among active players with Rebekkah Brunson, while Candace Parker leads all active players with 60 career Playoff blocks

Owns a career Playoff average of 2.71 blocks, the highest Playoff block average in league history…her average sits 0.2 blocks more than Lisa Leslie, Elizabeth Williams and Margo Dydek, who all have the second-highest career average of 2.5

 

DUNKS

Has 10 career regular season dunks and one playoff dunk…dunked in her 138th career game on July 12, 2017 vs. Atlanta, 133rd career game on June 23, 2017 at Seattle, 115th career game on September 2, 2016 at Connecticut, 86th career game on September 11, 2015 vs. Los Angeles, 82nd career game on August 28, 2015 at Washington, 64th career game on July 5, 2015 at Los Angeles, 47th career game on July 15, 2014 vs. Washington, 43rd career game on July 6, 2014 at Los Angeles and twice in her May 27, 2013 WNBA debut vs. Chicago making her the first player in WNBA history to dunk twice in one game…..the rest of the WNBA combined enters the 2018 season with a total of six dunks through 21 seasons (Elias Sports Bureau)…..Griner also dunked in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals at Los Angeles on August 24, 2014 (only dunk in WNBA Playoffs history), at the WNBA All-Star Game on July 19, 2014 in Phoenix and at the WNBA All-Star Game on July 25, 2015 in Connecticut

Griner (eight) and Candace Parker (two) are the only players to have recorded more than one dunk in a WNBA game…Griner is the first player to record a dunk in a WNBA game since Parker in 2008

 

STATS

Has recorded 27 career double-doubles, eight of which came in 2015

Has scored 30 or more points six times in her career, all of which came in 2017

Has scored 20 or more points 36 times in her career, 14 of which came in 2017…has scored 10 or more points in 120 career games

Scored a career-high 38 points on June 7, 2017 at Indiana in an overtime thriller…finished 15-of-19 (78.9-percent) from the field and eight-of-10 from the free throw line in the win…the 38-point effort was the highest individual scoring performance of the 2017 WNBA season

Became the seventh player in franchise history to reach 2,000 career points in a Mercury jersey on June 16, 2017 vs. Chicago

Recorded her 1,000th career rebound on July 9, 2017 vs. New York…became just the fifth Mercury player to reach 1,000 career rebounds, joining DeWanna Bonner, Diana Taurasi, Candice Dupree and Penny Taylor

Holds a career rebounding average of 7.3 rebounds per game, which is the highest career rebounding average in franchise history (minimum 50 games played)

Holds a career field goal percentage of 56.6-percent, which is the highest field goal percentage in franchise history (minimum 50 games played)…ranks third on the WNBA’s all-time career field goal percentage list

Ranks in the top 10 in Mercury all-time records in 15 categories: games, games started, minutes, field goals made, field goals attempted, field goal percentage, free throws made, free throws attempted, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, blocks, points, career scoring average and career rebounding average

Has appeared in the Playoffs in all five of her WNBA seasons…only player on the Mercury to have played in each of the Mercury’s last five Playoff appearances from 2013-2017…one-of-nine players in the WNBA to appear in every Playoff with the same team from 2013-2017

Owns career WNBA Playoff averages of 15.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while shooting 54.2-percent (154-of-284) from the field

Played in 26 career WNBA Playoff games including all five in 2013, seven-of-eight in 2014, all four in 2015, all five in 2016 and all five in 2017…missed Game 3 of the 2014 WNBA Finals after suffering an injury to her right eye in Game 2 of the series and undergoing a procedure

Five-time recipient of the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week Award…won on July 10, 2017 (25.3pts, 11.7reb, 4.7blk), September 5, 2017 (30.5pts, 7.0 reb), August 10, 2015 (17.3pts, 13.0reb), June 23, 2014 (27.5pts, 11reb) and August 11, 2014 (15pts, 9.3reb, 5.3blk)

 

2017 SEASON

Won the WNBA’s Peak Performance Award in scoring after leading the league in scoring with a 21.9 ppg average…finished as the only WNBA player to average over 20 points per game during the 2017 season…became the first true center in WNBA history to lead the league in scoring

Named Western Conference Player of the Week two times during the season…has won the award five times in her career

Named an All-Star for the fourth time in her career…did not play in the game due to injury…has been named an All-Star in all four of the years an All-Star game has taken place (no All-Star game in 2016 due to Olympics)

Scored a career-high 38 points at Indiana on June 7 in an overtime thriller…finished 15-of-19 (78.9-percent) from the field and eight-of-10 from the free throw line

Led the league in 30+ point games this season with six…entered the season with zero 30+ point games throughout her first four seasons

Scored 20 or more points 14 times on the season…scored 10 or more points in all but two of the 26 games she appeared in

Mercury finished 6-0 in games Griner scored 30 or more points…team went 11-1 in games Griner scored 25 points or more

Recorded 15 or more points in a career-high six consecutive games spanning from July 5-August 12…missed eight games in that stretch due to injury

Set career highs in field goals (15), field goals attempted (20), free throws (12), and points (38) this season

With her three 30-point, 10-rebound performances in 2017, she surpassed Diana Taurasi (two) for the most such games in team history

Surpassed DeWanna Bonner (26) for the second most double-doubles (27) in franchise history…trails only Candice Dupree’s mark of 32 career double-doubles

Became the first player in WNBA history to tally at least 80 points (89), 30 rebounds (31) and 15 blocks (15) through the first four games of the season

Led the league in blocks per game for a fifth-consecutive season with a 2.5 average… Only Griner and Margo Dydek have led the league in blocks per game in three or more consecutive seasons (Dydek-8)…after leading league in total blocks the last four seasons, finished with the second-most this season (65) after missing eight games due to injury (Elizabeth Williams and Sylvia Fowles each tallied 67 blocks in 34 games each)

Notched a season-high six blocks twice this season (May 23 vs. New York, July 9 vs. New York)…finished with five or more blocks four times, four or more blocks eight times and three or more blocks 12 times

Recorded the only two dunks of the 2017 WNBA regular season on July 12 vs. Atlanta and June 23 at Seattle, bumping her WNBA record for dunks total to 10

In addition to leading the league in scoring and blocks per game, ranked third in field goal percentage (.577), ninth in rebounding per game (7.6), fourth in made free throws (155), fourth in free throw attempts (191) and ranked second in player efficiency rating (28.7)

Recorded six double-doubles in 2017, extending her career double-double total to 27

Missed eight-straight games after suffering a left knee bone bruise and right ankle sprain during the Mercury’s game against the Lynx on July 14

Led the team in scoring during the playoffs, averaging a playoff career-best 20.2 points per game…also led the team in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and blocks per game (1.6) in five games

Scored a playoff career-high 26 points in the Mercury’s 88-83 win at Connecticut on September 10…also recorded playoff career highs in free throws (12) and free throw attempts (14), as well as field goal attempts (16) in the game

2016 SEASON

Finished the season with WNBA-best 107 blocks, 28 more  than Elizabeth Williams of Atlanta who finished second in the WNBA (79)

Notched a season-high eight blocks at Atlanta on July 3…finished with six or more blocks five times, five or more blocks nine times and three or more blocks 17 times

Led the league in blocks average (3.15) for fourth-straight year, while also leading league in total blocks for fourth consecutive year…Only Griner and Margo Dydek have led the league in blocks in four or more consecutive seasons (Dydek-6)

Became just second player (Dydek) in league history with 100 or more blocks in three consecutive seasons

After Olympic break, averaged 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in 10 games, shooting 59-percent from field (before Olympic break, averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 24 games, shooting 52.7-percent from field)

Recorded only dunk of 2016 WNBA season on September 2 at Connecticut, her league-record eighth career dunk

Nearly recorded a triple-double at Atlanta on July 3, finishing with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks

In addition to leading league in total blocks and blocks per game, ranked eighth in field goal percentage (.548), 13th in scoring (14.5) and rebounding per game (6.5) and finished eighth in both made free throws (138) and free throw attempts (166)

Recorded two double-doubles in 2016, extending her career double-double total to 21

Scored a career-high 29 points at Connecticut on September 2, shooting 10-of-15 from the field and 9-of-11 from the FT line

Scored 20 or more points in nine games…recorded six 20 or more point games in 2015, five in 2014 and two during her rookie season

Tallied double-figure points in 26-of-34 (68.4-percent) games she played in… did so in 23 of her 26 games in 2015 and in 30 of her 34 games in 2014

Finished the season scoring 15 or more points in a career-high tying five consecutive games…also did so from July 15-26, 2014

Finished two rebounds shy of tying her career high in a single game on September 13 at LA, finishing with 16 boards in the game

Averaged 13.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in five WNBA Playoff games and connected on 64.3 percent (27-of-42) of her shot attempts…Double-double at New York in second round of WNBA Playoffs with 22 points and 10 rebounds

2015 SEASON

Finished the season with 38 more blocks than Kiah Stokes of New York who finished second in the WNBA in blocked shots with 67
Notched a season-high nine blocks at Minnesota on August 30…finished with seven or more blocks four times, six or more blocks seven times and five or more blocks 11 times
Missed the first seven games of the season due to a league suspension
Set the WNBA record for the highest blocks per game average in a single season, averaging 4.00 blocks per contest…previous record was 3.80 in 1998 (Dydek)
Led the WNBA in field goal percentage (.565), total blocks (105) and blocks per game (4.0); Tied for 5th in rebounds per game (8.1); 8th in points per game (15.1)
Recorded eight double-doubles for the second-straight season, extending her career double-double total to 19
Scored 20 or more points in six games… recorded five 20 or more point games in 2014 and two during her rookie season
Recorded a career-high six offensive rebounds on August 4 against Tulsa…finished with 13 rebounds in the game
Tallied double-figure points in 23-of-26 (88.5 percent) games she played in…did so in 30 of her 34 games in 2014
Scored in double-figures in 11 consecutive games (June 27 – July 30)
Recorded three-straight double-doubles against Tulsa (8/4), Minnesota (8/7) and Chicago (8/9), earning her WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week honors on August 10
Averaged 16.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 blocks in four WNBA Playoff games and connected on 58.3 percent (21-of-36) of her shot attempts

2014 SEASON
Finished the season with more blocked shots than eight of the other 11 WNBA teams…..blocked more shots or the same number of shots than the opposing team in the first seven games of the season and in 27 games total…..finished the season with 72 more blocks than Jessica Breland of Chicago who finished second in the WNBA in blocked shots with 57
Averaged 3.79 blocks per game, the second-highest single-season average in WNBA history (Dydek, 1998, 3.80)
Finished the season ranked 2nd in the WNBA in field goal percentage (.578); 4th in field goals (219); 10th in scoring (15.6 ppg) and 10th in rebounding (8.0 rpg)…..started all 34 games
Recorded eight double-doubles this season after only three her rookie season (27 games)
On June 20 vs. Tulsa, scored a career-high 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting alongside six blocked shots
Scored 15 or more points 19 times…..did so only nine times her rookie season…..scored 20 or more points five times….did so only two times her rookie season
Tallied double-figure points in 30 of 34 games (88.2 percent) this season…..did so in 18 of 27 games (66.7 percent) last year
Scored in double-figures in 16 consecutive games (July 6 – August 12)
Set a career-high with 18 rebounds twice: June 7 at San Antonio and June 18 vs. Minnesota
Connected on a career-high 10-of-12 free throws on May 30 vs. Tulsa
Averaged 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in seven WNBA Playoff games…..missed Game 3 of the WNBA Finals after suffering an injury to her right eye in Game 2 of the Finals
In the Western Conference Finals vs. Minnesota, averaged 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.43 blocks…..scored 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the series-clinching win
Established a WNBA Finals record with eight blocked shots in Game 1…..also set a WNBA Finals record for blocked shots in a quarter with five in the first quarter of Game 1

COLLEGE CAREER
Owns NCAA records for career blocked shots with 748 (the most of any men’s or women’s player) and dunks by a female player (18)
Ranks second on the NCAA Division I women’s scoring list with 3,283 career points
First NCAA player to record 2,000 points and 500 blocks in a career
During the 2012-13 season, led NCAA Division I women’s basketball in field goal percentage (.607)
Scored a Big 12-record 50 points during her senior night game on May 4, 2013
AP National Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, just the third player in history to win the award in back-to-back seasons
Big 12 Player of the Year (2011, 2012, 2013)
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
All-Big 12 First Team (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
All-Big 12 Defensive Team (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Naismith Trophy, Wade Trophy and Wooden Award winner in 2012 and 2013
WBCA Women’s Defensive Player of the Year (2011, 2012, 2013)
WBCA All-Region (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
USBWA Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013
2012 ESPN.com National Player of the Year
Most Outstanding Player (MOP) NCAA Championship, Final Four (2012)
MOP NCAA Championship, Des Moines Regional (2012)
2011 All-Tournament NCAA Championship, Dallas Regional
2012 Honda Cup winner
2010 USBWA Freshman of the Year
2010 Big 12 Freshman of the Year

INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL TEAM

Played alongside Mercury teammate Diana Taurasi for the second consecutive season with UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia…ranked sixth in the EuroLeague in scoring (16.1 ppg), while leading the league in blocks per game (2.4 bpg)

Played for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia during the 2015-16 offseason alongside Mercury teammate Diana Taurasi…averaged 12.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game…Scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in a winning effort during the EuroLeague Title game

Won the gold medal with Team USA at the 2014 FIBA World Championships for Women in Turkey…..averaged 12.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while shooting 66.7-percent (30-of-45) throughout the six game tournament

Named to the 2014 FIBA World Championships “All-Star Five” team

Spent the 2014-15 off-season playing for Beijing in China averaging 21.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.8 blocks in 30 games

Spent the 2013-14 off-season playing for Zhejiang in China where she averaged 24.1 points and 10.3 rebounds

Recorded seven 30-point games in her first season with Zhejiang

Was the only collegiate player to participate in the 2011 USA Women’s Basketball Training Camp in Las Vegas, Nev…..Teammate Diana Taurasi was also a participant and former Mercury Head Coach Corey Gaines served as a camp instructor

Played on the 2011 European Tour with USA Basketball, averaging 12.8 points and 7.3 rebounds

PERSONAL
Wears men’s size 17 shoes
Hand size is 9.5 inches, wider than LeBron James (9.25”)
Wingspan is 7-feet, 3.5-inches, longer than NBA center Andrew Bynum (7’ 3’’)
Standing vertical reach is nine feet
Loves extreme sports and longboarding, idolizes Tony Hawk
Favorite food is bacon
Favorite movie is The Notebook
She has two pet snakes (Audii and Sage) and a dog (Major)
Daughter of Ray and Sandra Griner
Says her father is her role model and if she weren’t playing basketball, she would follow in his footsteps and become a police officer
Three older siblings, D, Shkera, and Pier

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