2. Mark Aguirre
One of the best players the Mavs ever selected in the NBA Draft was in 1981, when the worst team in the NBA from the year prior got the first overall pick. With that draft pick, the Dallas Mavericks selected Mark Aguirre out of DePaul University. Although the pick could’ve been used on Hall of Famer, Isiah Thomas, Aguirre was still an excellent selection by Dallas.
Aguirre played in 13 seasons in his NBA career. This was a pretty short career for an excellent player, but Aguirre made his name known during his time in the league. He played seven and a half great years with Dallas before moving onto Detroit where he won a pair of NBA championships. He may not be in the small group of retired jerseys for Dallas, but he has a case for it.
Two of the best players to ever put on the Mavs uniform were drafted in this 1981 draft. Shortly after selecting Aguirre with the first overall pick, the Mavs followed it up by picking Rolando Blackman with the 9th overall pick in that draft.
During their time together in Dallas, the Mavs went from an expansion team to a playoff contender in just a few years. After joining the NBA for the 1980-81 season, the Mavs made the playoffs only three years later in 1984 and were regulars in the postseason all the way up to their western conference finals run in 1988. They lost that series to the LA Lakers in 7 but that was the peak of the early Mavs.
Aguirre’s career numbers ended up at 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game.
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