B. J. Armstrong

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B. J. Armstrong
No. 10, 11, 2
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1967-09-09) September 9, 1967 (age 46)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Brother Rice
(Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)
College Iowa (1985–1989)
NBA draft 1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro playing career 1989–2000
Career history
19891995 Chicago Bulls
19951997 Golden State Warriors
19971999 Charlotte Hornets
1999 Orlando Magic
1999–2000 Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 7,320 (9.8 ppg)
Rebounds 1,321 (1.8 rpg)
Assists 2,479 (3.3 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Benjamin Roy "B. J." Armstrong, Jr. (born September 9, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball player. As a point guard, he was an integral part of the NBA's Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s.

His playing career left him with several distinctions, including being the last Bull to wear the number 10. The jersey was retired in honor of Bob Love after Armstrong left the team following the 1994–95 season. Armstrong was also the first player selected to play for the Toronto Raptors in 1996.

Early life[edit]

Armstrong was born in Detroit, Michigan and attended Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. He graduated in 1985.

Playing career[edit]

Armstrong had an illustrious career at the University of Iowa as the Hawkeyes' all-time leader in assists with 517 upon graduation; and is currently ranked fourth all-time. He also ranked sixth on the school's all-time steals list (178) and fourth in total points (1,705). The 6-foot-2 guard shot .443 (136-of-307) from three-point range over his four-year career and averaged 18.6 points and 5.4 assists as a senior. Armstrong received his bachelor's degree from Iowa in May 1989.

Selected by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 1989 NBA Draft,[1] the 6'2" (1.88 m) Armstrong helped the team return to the Eastern Conference Finals after compiling 55 regular season victories in 1990.[2]

In 1991, he helped them win their first NBA title against the Los Angeles Lakers after winning 61 games. In 1992, Armstrong averaged double-digit scoring while coming off the bench behind longtime starter John Paxson to help the Bulls win 67 games and their second straight title. In 1993, he locked down the starting job, contributing to a 57–25 record and the Bulls' third straight title. He also claimed the NBA's three-point field goal percentage crown with a mark of .453 on 63-for-139 shooting.[3]

In 1994, he emerged as more of a leader in the wake of Michael Jordan's abrupt retirement, placing third on the team in scoring. He was voted a starter in the 1994 NBA All-Star Game, finished second in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage at .444 while leading the team to a 55–27 record and a second-round exit from the playoffs.

Armstrong finished third in scoring again in 1995 as the Bulls posted a 47–35 record, and with Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Toni Kukoč, led the team to the second round again.

Armstrong was the first player chosen in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft (via Toronto Raptors) and played for the Golden State Warriors in 1996 and in 1997. Four games into the 1998 season, he was acquired by the Charlotte Hornets, playing 62 games that year. He also played 10 games for the Hornets in the 1999 season before being signed by the Orlando Magic in March of that year.

On August 30, 1999, he was again signed by the Bulls and played the 1999–2000 season and retired at the end of the season.

Later endeavors[edit]

Armstrong stepped into Chicago's front office as a special assistant to Vice President of Basketball Operations Jerry Krause. Having replaced Paxson as the Bulls' starting point guard years before, Armstrong was himself replaced by Paxson as hire to the GM job in Chicago when Krause resigned in 2003. Armstrong remained with the organization as a scout for a couple of seasons, leaving in 2005.[citation needed]

He was employed by ESPN as a basketball analyst in recent years for the 'NBA Fast Break' television series. Since 2006 he has also been employed by Wasserman Media Group, a sports marketing and representation group out of Los Angeles, California representing professional athletes and other entertainers.[citation needed]

He currently serves as an agent for Bulls point guard, Derrick Rose, who was the first player selected in the 2008 NBA Draft.

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