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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 they be in the Hall of Fame?

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Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 25%
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No way! - 0%


+2 #1 DSC 2013-04-21 01:50
With Dantley, English, and now KIng in, hard to see why Aguirre is out. The fact that Ralph Sampson is in is insane, Aguirre's credentials dwarf Sampson's.
+2 #2 Markus 2013-07-29 02:34
Agree about your list their DSC. Aguirre, great scorer from all over the court, strong passer, and how many guys under six foot seven have any kind of post-up game? Detroit couldn't win with Dantley but with Aguirre they got a guy who could pass and move the ball quickly, could shoot threes, and most importantly improve spacing by getting in the blocks. Detroit turned from a static offensive team to an aggressive one with Aguirre, no wonder they won 2 times. May have won more but when when they moved Aguirre permanently to the bench they lost too much scoring. High School player of the year, Final Four team, 2x all-american 1st team, player of the year, 4x all-star (played 3), total package on O, and 2 championships. Detroit doesn't get Aguirre, they don't win.
0 #3 Markus 2013-07-31 00:47
A person pointed these out to me:
- Dantley only passed when he didn't think he could score; Aguirre passed to get his team points, way better passer
- Aguirre was a 3-point threat and true post player, Dantley was neither
- Aguirre was a 'cancer' but Dantley was selfish
- Aguirre was a better rebounder
0 #4 Markus 2013-08-07 00:25
Why isn't Aguirre in the College HoF? Hmmm
+1 #5 Markus 2013-11-23 12:25
Aguirrre, per minute: better than Dantley, in many ways better than King.
Team wose: Aguirre joins teams, winning % goes up; leaves, winning % drops like a stone. Dantley and King, not so much (especially Dantley)? Great College player, HS all-star, and NBA star for years, why isn't Aguirre in the College or NBA HoF when these other two are? BTW, Aguirre has two rings, lead DePaul to the Final Four, and lead DePaul to a 79-10 record in his three years, and Dallas with him was a contender, without his they made the playoffs once in 10 years.
0 #6 Danile 2014-01-02 17:45
Interstingly, with mediocre at best Ralph Sampson in, and ball-stopper Adrian Dantley in, not having Aguirre looks very, very bad for the Hall now. Before they were elected Aguirre didn't look like he should get in. Now, how can he not get in??
0 #7 Committee Chairman 2014-01-03 00:58
The Hall put Sampson in based on his college credentials. I have always thought that they don't put enough emphasis on the pro side of the ledger.
0 #8 INOHOOPS 2014-02-18 00:53
Aguirre should definitely be in the HOF! It's sad that his two best friends during his playing career, Isiah Thomas and Magic, aren't lobbying for him like crazy! Aguirre's name barely gets mentioned each year the voting is done, now Kevin (I was hurt a most of my career) Johnson is a finalist. Really, I mean really???!!!!?? ??? Plus, I thought winning rings actually helped your chances too. Benard (I just score but I played in NY so a lot of people saw me play) King before Aguirre. Really, I mean really?????!!!! ???? The HOF has lost credibility. It's a popularity contest.
0 #9 Markus 2014-04-15 19:15
Well, Aguiire still not in but lesser players like Sampson and Richmond are. Sad. Not only did he have great stats and two trophies but he was amazing in college and could hit threes, post up, pass, run the floor, rebound. Dantley? Not even close. With Aguirre you could run so many sets, so many plays, and he delivered game after game.

If Sampson gets in for Virginia, how does Aguirre not get in for Depaul, his great play at Dallas, and two Championships? No way Detroit wins with ball stopper Dantley, but team player Aguirre sure.

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