Darrell Armstrong (born June 22, 1968 in Gastonia, North Carolina) was obtained in a trade with the New Orleans Hornets on December 3, 2004 in exchange for Dan Dickau and a 2005 second round draft pick.
Coming out of Fayetville State Universiey, Armstrong was not drafted and began his career in the USBL, the Global Basketball Association and in Eurpoe with Pezoporikos Lamaca in Cypris and Liga ACB, the pre-eminent pro league in Spain.
Catching the eye of the NBA with his play, he signed late in the 1994-1995 season with the Orlando Magic where he would play for the next eight seasons. During his nine years with the Magic, the team never posted a losing record and went to the playoffs in five of those seasons. In his fifth season, 1998-1999, he was won both the NBA's Most Improved Player Award and the league's Sixth Man of the Year Award.
The next season, 1999-2000, would prove to be the most successful of his career as appearing in all 82 of Orlando's games, Armstrong averaged a career-best 16.2 points. In fact, between 1995 and 2000, his scoring average rose each season. He appeared in all 82 of the teams games twice more while with the Magic and had a career-high 7.0 assist per game average in 2001-2002.
During the summer of 2003, the 6'0 guard signed a free agent deal with the New Orleans Hornets. That season he saw action in 79 games while averaging 10.6 points. He begame the next season with the Hornets but after just 14 games was traded to Dallas.
In the 2004-2005 season, Armstrong played in 52 games, including seven starts. He averaged 11.1 mpg, shot 83 percent on free throws and 30.5 percent from the floor. He also averaged 2.2 boards and 2.3 ppg.
In the 2005-2006 campaign, he averaged 10.0 mpg, shot 33.6 percent from the floor and 78.6 percent from the charity stripe. He averaged 1.4 apg and 2.1 ppg. After a successful tenure, mostly coming off the bench, the Mavs traded him to Indiana along with Rawle Marshall and Josh Powell for Anthony Johnson on June 24, 2006.
During the 2006-2007 season with Indiana, he played in 81 games, including four starts. As a veteran leader, Armstrong averaged 1.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 5.6 points in 15.7 minutes per game. Additionally shot 41.4 percent from the floor, 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent at the free throw line.
His final NBA action came the following season, 2007-2008, when he saw action in 50 games for the New Jersey Nets averaging 2.5 ppg.
He rejoined the Mavericks midway through the 2008-2009 season as a player development coach and a highly valued member of Coach Rick Carlisle's staff. For four summers, Armstrong was the top assistant coach of the Mavericks Summer League team that played in Las Vegas.
In January 2012, while with the team in Los Angeles, Armstrong was arrested for unpaid Las Vegas casino debts. The case was later resolved.
Personally, he was honored in 1998 when he was inducted into the Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame for all of his wonderful work in support of that organization. He also is the founder and a tirless worker in support of the Darrell Armstrong Foundation for Premature Babies. |