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6. Mark Aguirre

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Mark Aguirre
Mark Aguirre was a star at the University of DePaul where he led the Demons to a final four and was a 2 time All-American.  Drafted number one overall by the Dallas Mavericks, Aguirre quickly became the face of the Mavs.  Aguirre proved to be a great scorer and the Mavericks became title contenders throughout the next several years though they could not get past the mighty Lakers. Traded midway through the 88-89 season to the Pistons for Adrian Dantley, Aguirre was reunited with childhood friend Isaiah Thomas and together they led the Pistons to two titles.  Aguirre averaged exactly 20 points a game over his 14 year career and will be remembered for his great ability to post up and score from the small forward position.

The Bullet Points:

Country of Origin:
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

Eligible Since:

Small Forward

Played for:
Dallas Mavericks
Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Clippers


1st Round, 1tst Overall in 1981

Major Accolades and Awards:
NBA All Star Teams (3) (1984, 1987 & 1988)
Most Field Goals (1) (1983-84)
Championship Rings: (2) (Detroit Pistons (1988-89 & 1989-90)

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Field Goals (5) (1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-86, 1986-87 & 1987-88)
Top Ten Finishes: Three Pointers Made (1) (1982-83)
Top Ten Finishes: Three Point Field Goal Percentage (1) (1981-82)
Top Ten Finishes: Free Throws (3) (1982-83, 1983-84 & 1984-85)
Top Ten Finishes: Points (5) (1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-86, 1986-87 & 1987-88)
Top Ten Finishes: Points Per Game (5) (1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-86, 1986-87 & 1987-88)

Notable All Time Rankings:

Should Mark Aguirre be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 57.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 28.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 14.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%


+1 #11 Markus 2014-07-07 22:20
Gee, the guy was the second greatest player in DePaul history, 2nd best Maverick ever, 2nd best in 1981 draft (behind Thomas), but best in HS, best in College. Yes, College Hall of Fame for sure, Pro Hall of Fame yes, if Dantley, Sampson, and Richmond are 'worthy'.
0 #12 Mike Bibby 2014-10-28 16:56
Aguirre was a better player than Benard King. The Basketball HOF doesn't do a good job of considering high school, college, and the pros accomplishments of some players. If they used that criteria Aguirre is at least second ballot pick not greater than third ballot!
-2 #13 Dane 2015-01-23 17:41
I'd say no. He was good, but never dominant. He was an absolute liability on defense, in fact as good as he was on offense, he was every bit as worse on D. Back in the day I remember average players like Louis Orr and Dennis Hopson having career games when Aguirre was guarding them.

If you're going to take a Dallas Maverick, take Rolondo Blackman. Blackman was a terrific 2nd option, but when Aguirre was hurt Blackman was a great 1st option. Blackman also was a terrific defensive player who made his teammates better. Blackman had more to do with the Mavs success then Aguirre.
+2 #14 Maceo Johnson 2015-02-11 04:31
If Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond in so should he be and he has two rings as well as a great scorer
+1 #15 Markus 2015-02-14 13:24
Dane, I guess you forgot what happened to Dallas after they traded away Aguirre. Blackman was good but not a difference maker like Aguirre was. Blackman didn't feel the game well and needed screens so often. Simply not creative/smart enough to lead. I recall a playoff game where Aguirre got hurt and the commentator said Dallas was done. The announcer asked if they'd miss his scoring and the guy said no, he was the man who put his teammates in place on O and D, without him they'd be out of position at both ends. He was so right. Aguirre was out the rest of the quarter and in under ten minutes the Mavs were outscored 17-2 by LA, with Blackman, Tarpley, and other starters on the whole time. Aguirre not on the list again this year but Jo Jo white and Tim Hardaway are??? If they get consideration Aguirre should be a lock.

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