Mark Strickland (born July 14, 1970 in Atlanta, Georgia) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on November 16, 2002.
He played his college basketball at Temple University where he saw his scoring average rise over three consecutive seasons.
Although undrafted in the NBA draft, he was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Hawks but was released in training camp. Strickland played in the CBA for five seasons appearing in over 100 games with Yakima and Fort Wayne and averaging 14.3 points and 7.6 rebounds. His only break during that time was a short stint with the NBA's Indiana Pacers where he signed consecutive 10-day contracts in the 1994-1995 season. He appeared in only four games during that time averaging 0.8 ppg.
His big break came when he was signed to a free agent contract by the Miami Heat during the '96-'97 campaign. The 6'10 forward found a home on South Beach and played for the Heat for four seasons while helping Miami to the playoffs all four years. His most successful season was in 1997-1998 when he averaged 6.8 points, a career-best.
Following the 1999-2000 season, the Heat traded Strickland and Voshon Lenard to the Denver Nuggets on June 27, 2000 for Chris Gatling and a second-round draft pick. He appeared in 46 games with Denver, averaging 4.4 ppg, before being released. The New Jersey Nets picked up Strickland's contract and he completed the year seeing action in 9 games while averaging 5.7 points and a career-high 4.6 rebounds per contest.
Strickland spent the 2001-2002 season as a member of the Atlanta Hawks seeing action in 46 games while averaging 4.5 ppg. He was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks shortly after the 2002-2003 campaign began. He was with the team for 13 days, played in 4 games and averaged 1.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.4 assists in just over three minutes of court time each game. That proved to be Strickland's final professional stint.
Today, Strickland still lives in the Atlanta area and is an assistant basketball coach at Morehouse College.