Brittney Griner Is Becoming A Complete Player

The shots are falling for Brittney Griner. Through her first nine games of the 2017 WNBA season, she averaging almost 24 points per game on 57 percent shooting. She’s also shooting 85 percent from the free-throw line. But don’t call it a hot start. Don’t call it an offensive streak, either. Call it what it is—the continued maturation of one of the WNBA’s best and most popular players.

Griner leads the team in minutes and, for the first time in her professional career, she is the leading scorer in the WNBA—even with future Hall of Famer Diana Taurasi on the same roster. What’s notable about that is this is the points aren’t just coming on dunks and uncontested layups.

So, what’s different this season? Griner sums it up in one word: “Confidence. When you’re confident, you’re going to do things a little differently. You’re not going to be hesitant to take a shot, you’re not going to be hesitant to make a certain move. Building confidence overseas has played a big part in my start this season.”

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