Mr. Cuban, It's Time to Retire Number 24

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban appears on an ABC television network reality show named "Shark Tank". On the program each week, prospective business entrepreneurs appear to pitch their business ideas or products to a panel of "sharks" including Cuban.

Well, I have my own idea I'd like to pitch to Mr. Cuban... Retire Mark Aguirre's number 24 in Dallas.

In the history of the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise, only two jerseys have been retired - Rolando Blackman's number 22, and Brad Davis' number 15.

Brad Davis? Seriously? We're talking about a guy who never averaged more than 12.1 points per game over the course of a season in Dallas. For his career with the Mavericks, Davis averaged 8.6 points and 5.1 assists per game. I'm not sure how that happened.

Last year, Cuban said that he planned on retiring Derek Harper's number 12. While Harper had a good career in Dallas, Aguirre ranks ahead of Harper on the Mavs all-time scoring list with 13,930 points (3rd all-time) to Harper's 12,597 points. Cuban later backed off and said that Harper's number would not be retired during the 2013-14 season, but they do expect to retire Harper's jersey at some future date.

So why not Aguirre?

After three successful seasons at DePaul, Mark Aguirre was selected by the Mavericks as the first overall pick of the 1981 NBA Draft. Aguirre played eight seasons in Dallas before being traded to the Detroit Pistons in 1989. He averaged 24.6 points per game over those eight seasons and was named to the NBA All-Star team three times (1984, ‘87, and ‘88).

In 1983-84, Aguirre finished second in the league in scoring at 29.5 points per game to set the Mavericks single-season scoring record that still stands today.

There are only two players ahead of Aguirre on the Mavs All-time scoring list - Dirk Nowitzki, who as the greatest player in franchise history will most certainly have his jersey retired when his career is over and Blackman, whose number is already retired.

"It comes up in Dallas all the time," Aguirre said of retiring his jersey. "I don't think it's something that will ever go away, unless they find five more Dirk's over the next 70 years, I will always be all over their books."

Aguirre is indeed all over the Mavericks record books. He ranks third all-time in field goals and free throws, sixth all-time in rebounds, eighth in steals and ninth in assists. He owns the single-season records for scoring average, points, and field goals.

Former Mavericks owner Ross Perot, Jr. spoke in favor of retiring Aguirre's number just three months before the team was sold to Mark Cuban. The irony here is that Aguirre was the man who introduced Perot to Cuban. In Cuban's own words, ""So without (Aguirre), I wouldn't be the owner."

There really is no reason why Aguirre's number 24 shouldn't be hanging in the rafters at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Mr. Cuban, the ball is in your court.

I'm starting my 24-second shot clock.


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