Mavs From the Past: Mark Aguirre

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Mark Aguirre was selected by the Dallas Mavericks 1st overall in the 1981 NBA Draft. In his rookie season Aguirre played in 51 games, while starting in 20 of them. Aguirre averaged 18.7 points per game (PPG), 4.9 rebounds per game (RPG), 3.2 assists per game (APG), and 0.7 steals per game (SPG) in his rookie year. 

By his second season he played in all but one game and started in a majority of the games. His third season on the team was his best as he averaged 29.5 PPG, the second best in the league just behind Adrian Dantley, 5.9 RPG, 4.5 APG, and 1.0 SPG. His third season in the league also was the first time he became an All-Star. But his peak years didn’t end there, as he continued to dominate throughout the 80’s, even becoming an All-Star two more times with the Mavericks in 1987 and 1988. In 1988, he was part of the Dallas Mavericks team that made the Western Conference Finals, but lost in seven to the eventual NBA Champions, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Aguirre’s time in Dallas came to an end halfway into the 1988-1989 season, when he was traded to the Detroit Pistons for Dantley and a 1991 1st round draft pick. He spent four and a half seasons on the Pistons, where he won two championships with them. He then got released in the 1993 off-season. As a free agent, he signed with the Los Angeles Clippers during the 1993 off-season, but got released halfway through the season. That was the end of Aguirre’s NBA career.

During his NBA career, Aguirre was able to achieve many singles and team success. As part of the Dallas Mavericks, he played the tenth most games in franchise history, 566. Aguirre is third all-time in points scored as part of the Dallas Mavericks with 13,930 points. He finished top 10 in points per game in five seasons, one of which he finished in second place. Aguirre was a 3 time All-Star while on the Mavericks. His only two championship wins came while he was a part of the Pistons.

Aguirre had his #24 Jersey retired from his University, DePaul University. He was also inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. He’s helped mentor players from his alma mater. Aguirre spent some time as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks. He has also been the president of Primetime Basketball League. Throughout the years it’s been talked about how the Mavericks should retire Aguirre’s jersey number and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has mentioned it has been talked about. He had a successful career as part of the Dallas Mavericks and found ways to help future players after he retired. Only time will tell if the next step in his life is a jersey retirement from the Mavericks.



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