Mark Aguirre (born December 10, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois) was drafted by the Mavericks in the first round of the 1981 NBA draft and played eight years in Dallas. He is widely considered to be one of the Mavs first true stars of the Mavs and is still considered to be one of the greatest basketball players to ever wear a Dallas Mavericks jersey.
Although his jersey does not hang in the rafters of the American Airlines Center, Aguirre's stats at least merit consideration of a retired number. He averaged more than 20 points per game in all but one season with the Mavericks.
Aguirre led the Mavericks in nearly every single scoring category during his eight season stay as a Maverick and led the Mavs in scoring in every season of his Mavs career except 1985-86 and his rookie season of 1981-82, when he missed 31 games due to a broken foot. Still, Aguirre managed to finish second on the team in scoring with 18.7 points per game.
Drafted by the Mavericks with the first pick of the 1981 NBA Draft out of DePaul University, Aguirre served as one of the most prolific NBA scorers of the 1980s. In fact, no player who had come into the NBA since 1981-82 had scored as many points as his 12,977 during the 80s.
Before being traded in 1989, Aguirre was the Mavs' all-time leading scorer and all-time leading rebounder. He was also the all-time leading playoff scorer and pioneered the Mavs' five-consecutive seasons of playoff ball, including the first postseason appearance in franchise history.
Aguirre still holds 13 Maverick records to date including most points in a single season (2,330), most points in a non-overtime game (49) and most field goals in a game (21) among others. He also became the first Maverick player to ever appear in an All-Star game in 1984.
On Feb. 15, 1989, the Mavericks traded Aguirre to the Detroit Pistons for a first-round draft selection in the 1991 NBA Draft. While with Detroit, Aguirre posted many of the same numbers.
He was part of the Detroit Pistons back-to-back NBA championships in 1989 and 1990 and averaged around 13 points per game in his first three seasons as a Piston.
"There is no way we would have won two championships in Detroit if Mark Aguirre's not on that team," Isiah Thomas told NBA.com looking back on those special seasons.
Aguirre finished his playing career in 1994 while with the Los Angeles Clippers. Following his playing career he served as an assistant coach with both the Indiana Pacers and the New York Knicks.
After his coaching career, Aguirre moved back to the Dallas area where he followed his daughter Angelei's successful college basketball career at Cal-Santa Barbara. He also became co-owner of Dimples, a cupcake business headquartered in Frisco, a suburb of Dallas.
Aguirre attended DePaul University, where he helped lead the Blue Demons to a 79-10 record during his tenure. As a freshman in 1978-1979, he averaged 24 points per game and led the Blue Demons to the NCAA Final Four where they ultimately lost to Larry Bird and Indiana State. DePaul finished both the 1979-1980 and 1980-1981 seasons ranked number one in the country but were upset in the NCAA tournament both years.
After three seasons as DePaul's top scorer, Aguirre left and declared for the NBA Draft after his junior season. But not before being named the 1979-80 College Player-of-the-Year by the USBWA, the Sporting News, Basketball Weekly, the Associated Press and the UPI. He also was a consensus all-American twice and averaged 24.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and shot 55 percent from the field per game in his three years as a Blue Demon.
He was selected to the 1980 United States Olympic team but never got a chance to compete when President Jimmy Carter ordered a boycott on the Summer Olympics in Moscow.
Awards, Honors and Records
NBA All-Star Team: 1984, 1987, 1988
NBA Champion: 1989, 1990
Current Dallas Maverick Records:
Points in a single season (2,330)
Points in a single non-overtime game (49)
Points in a single half (32)
Points in a single period (24)
Field Goals in a single season (925)
Field Goals in a single half (14)
Field Goals in a single period (11)
Field Goal Attempts in a season (1,765)
Field Goal Attempts in a game (40)
Field Goal Attempts in a half (22)
Field Goal Attempts in a period (15)
Free Throws in a period (12)
Turnovers in a game (10 - twice)
Assists in a half (13 - three tied)