The 100 Greatest Athletes of the Complex Decade

45. Brittney Griner

Sport: Women's Basketball
Bonafides From 2002-2012: 2x Big 12 Player of the Year, McDonald's All-American revolutionized the woman's game setting a record for blocks in the NCAA Tournament.
Brittney Griner is legit. Now, before you hit up the comments section with some cruel, sexist response about women's basketball, believe us when we say the Baylor phenom would swat your shit. It's not her fault she can dunk and you can't, remember that. The most famous person in Texas college basketball has racked up almost 600 blocks in three years at Baylor (including an NCAA record 223 during her freshmen season). But her most lasting legacy may be in her silencing our insufferable need to condescendingly ooh and aah every time a woman dunks. The new female athlete is one who can put the ball cleanly through the net without a clumsy takeoff. Over the next Complex Decade we'll see women throwing down on the regular and we'll have Brittney to thank for it.

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