Monday, October 28th, 2013 at 11:45 am  |  16 responses

Dallas Mavericks to Retire Derek Harper’s Jersey

Mavs owner Mark Cuban confirmed that Dallas will honor Derek Harper by raising his No. 12 jersey to the rafters. Per ESPN: “Cuban said no date has been planned for the ceremony. Harper was the team’s first-round pick in 1984 and played point guard for the Mavs for 12 seasons during two stints in Dallas. He holds the franchise career records for assists (5,111) and steals (1,551), and ranks fourth in team history in scoring with 12,597 points. Harper will join former teammates Rolando Blackman and Brad Davis as players whose numbers have been retired by the Mavs.”

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  • shockexchange

    Good for him. D. Harp, Mark Aguirre, Sam Perkins, Ro Blackmon, et. al. was a great team. They had the misfortune of coming along during the Kareem/Magic/Worthy/Showtime era in L.A.

  • Anthony

    Only really kept up w/ the Mavs at 2 points….(1) when that whole J. Kidd, Mashburn, and the other guy (Jimmy something) Toni Braxton thing was going on and (2) when they had their playoff runs in the 00s. But congrats D. Harp.

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  • berkamore

    One of those solid pros who got the job done. He was a good player for Dallas and also part of the Knicks squad that almost won in 1994. (and I believe he also had a stint with the Lakers towards the end of his career)

    Kind of forgotten today but that dude could play some serious ball back in the day. I am glad to see him get some recognition.

  • @iamMrjump

    Congrats D.Harp

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    YES! always felt like he was a bit under appreciated for how good and valuable he was to that team.. much deserved.

  • a101lex

    No, it was Ron Harper who played for Lakers. Not Derek.

  • JoeMaMa

    Best defender of the handcheck era.
    And on a sidenote, Blackman could BALL. Dallas was a top team in the later 80s – but try telling the Pistons/Lakers/Celtics that.

  • Kadavour

    no, “Harper played for the Knicks through the 1995-96 season, returned to Dallas the following season, and played one season each with the Magic and Lakers before retiring.”

  • Cortez Mack

    They will writing this same thought about the Clippers in 20 years.

  • shockexchange

    Here’s what they’re be saying – “The Clippers never caught a rabbit but them boys sure had the best commercials during the playoffs son!”

  • Gabizzle

    If the Knicks happened to win the championship in 94, Dereck would have been MVP.

  • berkamore

    He and Starks outplayed Kenny Smith and Vernon Maxwell. But Olajuwon was too much to handle for Ewing.

  • ATL dynamite

    Right after Dwight Howard picked Houston over Mavericks lol congrats D Harp

  • ATL dynamite

    That’s why it pisses me off when people mix up Renaldo Balkman with Rolando Blackman lol

  • OneStep

    If Roy Tarpley could’ve just stayed clean for 4 or 5 seasons the Mavs would’ve been serious contenders in the 80s. That guy was a ball-eating rebounding machine. Without him the Mavs were always undermanned under the basket. As it is, it’s just another what if…