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Mark Anthony Aguirre (born December 10, 1959) is an American retired basketball player in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association. Aguirre was chosen as the first overall pick of the 1981 NBA draft
NBA draft
by the Dallas Mavericks after playing three years at DePaul University. Aguirre played in the NBA from 1981 until 1994 and won two championships with the Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
after being sent to Detroit from Dallas in exchange for Adrian Dantley. Aguirre was a three-time All-Star for Dallas.

Contents

1 College career 2 Professional career

2.1 Dallas Mavericks 2.2 Detroit Pistons 2.3 Los Angeles Clippers

3 Personal life 4 NBA career statistics

4.1 Regular season 4.2 Playoffs

5 References 6 External links

College career[edit] While playing at DePaul University, he averaged 24.5 points over three seasons with the Blue Demons, and in 1981 was The Sporting News College Player of the Year. He also was the USBWA College Player of the Year and James Naismith Award winner in 1980, and a 2 time member of The Sporting News' All-America first team. As a freshman in 1978–1979, he led the Demons to the Final Four, where they lost to Indiana State, led by future Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Famer Larry Bird. The Chicago native played on the same DePaul team as future NBA star, Terry Cummings, and found himself in the national spotlight during his three years at the university. He averaged 24.0 points as a freshman in 1978–79, and led the Blue Demons to the NCAA Final Four. Over the next two seasons he scored 26.8 and 23.0 points per game, respectively, and was named College Player of the Year in 1980–81. Aguirre was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic basketball team but was unable to compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. He did however receive one of 461 Congressional Gold Medals created especially for the spurned athletes.[1] Aguirre left De Paul after his junior year. The Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
selected him with the first overall pick in the 1981 NBA draft. Professional career[edit] Dallas Mavericks[edit] Aguirre averaged 20 points per game over the course of his 13-year NBA career. He was selected as the first overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1981 NBA draft
NBA draft
and remained with the Mavericks until 1989. In his first season Aguirre was limited to 51 games and averaged 18.7 points, second on the team to Jay Vincent (21.4 ppg). The Mavericks improved by 13 games in the win column and finished ahead of the Utah Jazz, but were still twenty games behind division-leading San Antonio Spurs. Beginning with the 1982–83 season Aguirre reeled off six straight campaigns in which his average topped 22 points per game. In the first of those seasons he scored 24.4 points per contest, tops on the team and sixth in the league. The Mavericks continued their ascent, bettering their record to 38-44 to finish ahead of Utah and the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
in the Midwest Division. During the 1983-84 NBA season Aguirre averaged 29.5 points per game, second in the league to Dantley's 30.6 ppg. He finished the season with 2,330 total points. Although Aguirre was the Mavericks’ main weapon, he was helped by the emergence of Rolando Blackman
Rolando Blackman
(22.4 ppg) and the contributions of role players Brad Davis and Pat Cummings. Dallas finished second in the Midwest at 43-39, and the team made its first playoff trip, beating the Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
in the opening round before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
in the conference semifinals. In each of the next two seasons the Mavericks posted identical 44-38 records. In 1984–85 they made a quick exit from the playoffs, bowing to the Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
in the first round; in 1985–86 they defeated Utah and then took the Lakers to six games in the conference semifinals. Aguirre averaged 25.7 and 22.6 points for those seasons. In 1986–87 and 1987–88 he made the All-Star Team and averaged 25.7 and 25.1 points, respectively, during the regular season. The Mavericks won more than 50 games each year. The 1987–88 edition of the franchise went 53-29, beat Houston and the Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
in the first two rounds of the postseason, then extended the Lakers to seven games before losing in the Western Conference Finals. It was the longest postseason run in the Mavs’ eight-year history. Both Mavericks single-season scoring records still stand. His 13,930 points as a Maverick rank third in the franchise's history,[2] behind Rolando Blackman's 16,643 points and Dirk Nowitzki's 30,260[3] (updated June 14, 2017). While Aguirre's time in Dallas was full of high-scoring efforts and playoff visits, the Mavericks were postseason underachievers (their only Western Conference Finals visit was the 1988 loss to the Lakers), and Aguirre had repeated conflicts with coach Dick Motta
Dick Motta
and players like Blackman, Derek Harper and James Donaldson. Then-team owner Donald Carter was a huge fan of Aguirre and hoped he would remain in Dallas for his entire career, but eventually conceded that the gulf between Aguirre and the team was unbridgeable. Midway through the 1988–89 season Aguirre was traded to the Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
for Dantley, who was also one of the league’s top scorers, and a first round draft pick on February 15, 1989. Detroit Pistons[edit] After Aguirre joined them, the Pistons won the NBA title in 1988-89 and repeated as champions in 1989–90. He showed he could blend into a successful team by taking fewer shots, playing hard on defense, and not complaining when Rodman's minutes increased greatly over time. In the 1990 playoffs, which culminated with a five-game Finals win over Portland, Aguirre averaged 11.0 points. Aguirre played three more seasons with the Pistons in an increasingly limited role, due to both Rodman's play and his own age and injury issues. Los Angeles Clippers[edit] In 1993, the Pistons released Aguirre. After he cleared waivers the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
signed him for $150,000 for a partial campaign in 1993–94. Through the 1993–94 season Aguirre had accumulated 18,458 points for a career average of 20.0 points per game. He retired in 1994. Personal life[edit] Aguirre has been married to Angela Bowman since January 1988.[4] Aguirre, whose father was born in Mexico, at one point considered playing for team Mexico
Mexico
at the 1992 Olympics.[5] NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw
Free throw
percentage

 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game

 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

† Denotes seasons in which Aguirre won an NBA championship

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

1981–82 Dallas 51 20 28.8 .465 .352 .680 4.9 3.2 .7 .4 18.7

1982–83 Dallas 81 75 34.4 .483 .211 .728 6.3 4.1 1.0 .3 24.4

1983–84 Dallas 79 79 36.7 .524 .268 .749 5.9 4.5 1.0 .3 29.5

1984–85 Dallas 80 79 33.7 .506 .318 .759 6.0 3.1 .8 .3 25.7

1985–86 Dallas 74 73 33.8 .503 .286 .705 6.0 4.6 .8 .2 22.6

1986–87 Dallas 80 80 33.3 .495 .353 .770 5.3 3.2 1.1 .4 25.7

1987–88 Dallas 77 77 33.9 .475 .302 .770 5.6 3.6 .9 .7 25.1

1988–89 Dallas 44 44 34.8 .450 .293 .730 5.3 4.3 .7 .7 21.7

1988–89† Detroit 36 32 29.7 .483 .293 .738 4.2 2.5 .4 .4 15.5

1989–90† Detroit 78 40 25.7 .488 .333 .756 3.9 1.9 .4 .2 14.1

1990–91 Detroit 78 13 25.7 .462 .308 .757 4.8 1.8 .6 .3 14.2

1991–92 Detroit 75 12 21.1 .431 .211 .687 3.1 1.7 .7 .1 11.3

1992–93 Detroit 51 15 20.7 .443 .361 .767 3.0 2.1 .3 .1 9.9

1993–94 L.A. Clippers 39 0 22.0 .468 .398 .694 3.0 2.7 .5 .2 10.6

Career 923 639 30.0 .484 .312 .741 5.0 3.1 .7 .3 20.0

All-Star 3 0 14.0 .542 .400 .800 1.3 1.3 .7 .3 12.0

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

1984 Dallas 10 10 35.0 .478 .000 .772 7.6 3.2 .5 .5 22.0

1985 Dallas 4 4 41.0 .494 .500 .844 7.5 4.0 .8 .0 29.0

1986 Dallas 10 10 34.5 .491 .333 .363 7.1 5.4 .9 .0 24.7

1987 Dallas 4 4 32.5 .500 .000 .767 6.0 2.0 2.0 .0 21.3

1988 Dallas 17 17 21.6 .500 .382 .698 5.9 3.3 .8 .5 21.6

1989† Detroit 17 17 27.2 .489 .276 .737 4.4 1.6 .5 .2 12.6

1990† Detroit 20 3 22.0 .467 .333 .750 4.6 1.4 .5 .2 11.0

1991 Detroit 15 2 26.5 .506 .364 .824 4.1 1.9 .8 .1 15.6

1992 Detroit 5 0 22.6 .333 .200 .750 1.8 2.4 .4 .2 9.0

Career 102 67 29.0 .485 .317 .743 5.3 2.6 .7 .2 17.1

References[edit]

^ Caroccioli, Tom; Caroccioli, Jerry. Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Highland Park, IL: New Chapter Press. pp. 243–253. ISBN 978-0942257403.  ^ Trying to maintain playoff spot, Mavs drop Nets to end three-game skid ^ Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
Career Statistics ^ Chicago Tribune - February 5, 1988 ^ http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19920322&slug=1482372

External links[edit]

nba.com historical playerfile Career Statistics 1980 Oscar Robertson Trophy
Oscar Robertson Trophy
USBWA College Player of the Year

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