Former Dallas Mavericks player only diehard fans will know: 3. Adrian Dantley
Adrian Dantley won Rookie of the Year in 1977 before becoming a six-time All-Star with the Utah Jazz. He twice led the NBA in scoring, and he was unquestionably one of the best offensive players in the league in the early 1980s.
Dantley was traded to the Pistons in 1986, and he helped them reach the NBA Finals before losing to the Lakers in 1988. At the trade deadline in 1989, Detroit traded Dantley and one first-round pick to Dallas for Mark Aguirre. It was a move that spurred the Pistons to back-to-back championships, and it put the future Hall of Famer in a Mavericks uniform.
Dantley averaged over 20 points per game after arriving in Dallas, but they waived him during the next season as the 34-year-old’s production began to decline. The 6’5 wing only played ten more NBA games after leaving Dallas, but Dantley did play in Europe after finishing his days in the NBA.
Adrian Dantley is just one of five former Dallas Mavericks players that have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Tim Hardaway Sr. will make it six this year with Dirk Nowitzki set to be enshrined in 2023. Few remember Dantley’s time in Dallas, but diehard fans know.