Ranking The 30 Best NBA Players Of The ’80s

28. Mark Aguirre


The Chicago native had plenty of hype upon entering the NBA. A prototypical rugged small forward, Aguirre was selected No. 1 Overall in the 1981 NBA Draft (a draft which included Isiah Thomas and Danny Ainge, among others). While Aguirre wasn’t a transformative player by any stretch, he was still pretty damn good. The 3-time All-Star pumped in points seamlessly during his prime. There was a six-year stretch in which Aguirre averaged at least 22.6 PPG — including a career-high 29.5 PPG during the 1983-84 season. Aguirre was adept at utilizing his strong frame. Whether it be bulldozing smaller defenders or evading bigger ones, Aguirre was a problem to defend against.

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