1987–88 Dallas Mavericks season

The 1987–88 Dallas Mavericks season was the eighth season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Mavericks finished second in the Midwest Division with a 53–29 record. They defeated the Houston Rockets four games in the first round of the 1988 NBA Playoffs, then defeated the 2nd-seeded Denver Nuggets six games in the semifinals. The Mavs made their first appearance in the Western Conference Finals, where they pushed the eventual-champion Los Angeles Lakers to seven games. The Mavs were coached by John MacLeod and played their home games at Reunion Arena.

Mark Aguirre and James Donaldson were both selected to play in the 1988 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago. This was Donaldson's only All-Star Game appearance in his career.

NBA Draft


Roster listing
Dallas Mavericks roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
SF24United StatesAguirre, Mark6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)232 lb (105 kg)1959-12-10DePaul
PG2United StatesAlford, Steve6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)183 lb (83 kg)1964-11-23Indiana
C33West GermanyBlab, Uwe7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)252 lb (114 kg)1962-03-26Indiana
G/F22United StatesBlackman, Rolando6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)190 lb (86 kg)1959-02-26Kansas State
PG15United StatesDavis, Brad6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)180 lb (82 kg)1955-12-17Maryland
C40United StatesDonaldson, James7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)275 lb (125 kg)1957-08-16Washington State
SG21United StatesFarmer, Jim6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)190 lb (86 kg)1964-09-23Alabama
G12United StatesHarper, Derek6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)185 lb (84 kg)1961-10-13Illinois
F/C44United StatesPerkins, Sam6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)235 lb (107 kg)1961-06-14North Carolina
F32West GermanySchrempf, Detlef6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)214 lb (97 kg)1963-01-21Washington
F/C42United StatesTarpley, Roy6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)230 lb (104 kg)1964-11-28Michigan
C23CanadaWennington, Bill7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)245 lb (111 kg)1963-12-26St. John's
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season


Record vs. opponents

Game log

1987–88 game log
Total: 53–29 (Home: 0–0; Road: 0–0)
1987–88 schedule


Game log

1988 playoff game log
1988 playoff schedule

Awards and honors


  • Roy Tarpley was named Player of the Week for games played February 22 through February 28.


  • Mark Aguirre was selected as a reserve for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. It was his third All-Star selection. Aguirre finished seventh in voting among Western Conference forwards with 347,357 votes.
  • James Donaldson was selected as a reserve for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. It was his first and only All-Star selection. Donaldson finished fourth in voting among Western Conference centers with 310,100 votes.
  • Detlef Schrempf was selected to compete in the Three-Point Shootout. Schrempf was eliminated in the second round.


Player statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field-goal percentage 3P% 3-point field-goal percentage FT% Free-throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game


† – Minimum 25 three-pointers made.
^ – Minimum 125 free throws made.


^ – Minimum 10 free throws made.


Free agents


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