Darrell Armstrong

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Darrell Armstrong
Darrell Armstrong in 2012.jpg
Armstrong in 2012 at Palau Sant Jordi after a Dallas Mavericks exhibition game against FC Barcelona Bàsquet
Dallas Mavericks
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1968-06-22) June 22, 1968 (age 46)
Gastonia, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school Ashbrook (Gastonia, North Carolina)
College Fayetteville State (1988–1991)
NBA draft 1991 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 1991–2008
Position Point guard
Number 10, 3, 24
Coaching career 2009–present
Career history
As player:
1991–1994 Atlanta Eagles/Trojans (USBL)
1992 Capital Region Pontiacs (CBA)
1992–1993 South Georgia Blues (GBA)
1993–1994 Pezoporikos Larnaca (Cyprus)
1994–1995 Ourense (Spain)
19952003 Orlando Magic
20032004 New Orleans Hornets
20042006 Dallas Mavericks
2006–2007 Indiana Pacers
2007–2008 New Jersey Nets
As coach:
2009–present Dallas Mavericks (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

  • NBA champion (2011)
Career NBA statistics
Points 7,712 (9.2 ppg)
Rebounds 2,269 (2.7 rpg)
Assists 3,394 (4.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Darrell Eugene Armstrong (born June 22, 1968) is a former American professional basketball player, who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He is currently an assistant coach for the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, who won the championship in the 2010–11 season.

Early life[edit]

Armstrong was born in Gastonia, North Carolina and graduated from Ashbrook High School of Gastonia in 1986.[1][2] At Ashbrook, Armstrong was a punter and wide receiver on the football team and began playing basketball as a senior.[3] Armstrong then attended Fayetteville State University, a Division II college in Fayetteville, North Carolina and part of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) conference, and joined the football team as a walk-on placekicker.[3] Armstrong played football for the 1986 and 1987 seasons and twice kicked school-record 48-yard field goals.[4] In 1988, Armstrong joined the Fayetteville State basketball team and would play three seasons under coach Jeff Capel II.[1] In his senior season of 1990–91, Armstrong played 24 games and averaged 16.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists.[1] Armstrong was the CIAA Slam Dunk champion in 1990 and a first-team All-CIAA selection in 1991.[4][5]

Pro playing career[edit]

Minor and international leagues (1991–1995)[edit]

Armstrong was not selected in the 1991 NBA Draft and began his career with the Atlanta Eagles (renamed Trojans in 1994) of the United States Basketball League (USBL) in 1991.[6] Armstrong was named to the USBL All-Defensive team three consecutive seasons from 1992 to 1994, was a second-team All-USBL selection in 1992, and first-team All-USBL selection in 1993 and 1994.[7]

In October 1992, Armstrong signed with the Capital Region Pontiacs of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).[8] Armstrong later played for the South Georgia Blues of the Global Basketball Association until the team folded in 1993.[9] After playing for the Blues, Armstrong returned to Gastonia. He volunteered at Ashbrook High School as an assistant basketball coach and worked the night shift at a yarn factory.[9]

Armstrong signed with Pezoporikos Larnaca of Cyprus in 1993.[6][10] He averaged 32.0 points and 8.0 assists and won Player of the Year honors.[11]

For the 1994–95 season, Armstrong played for Coren Ourense of the Spanish Liga ACB and averaged 24.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. He was a ULEB All-Star in 1994.[4][10]

NBA career[edit]

Armstrong first signed with the NBA as a free agent for the Orlando Magic in late 1994–95, playing in the last 3 games of the regular season with 10 points and 8 minutes of action including a spectacular one handed reverse windmill dunk late in a blowout vs the Indiana Pacers in his 2nd game. In 95–96 he played just 13 games in 41 minutes, scoring 42 points total and was inactive after February.

He saw 67 games in his first full season on the roster in 1997–98, averaging 6 points per game in 15 minutes per game off the bench. Armstrong won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award and the NBA Most Improved Player Award in 1999, thus becoming the first player in NBA history to win both awards simultaneously. In a 1999 game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Armstrong stole an inbounds pass and streaked to the other end of the court for a game winning layup as time expired. He subsequently became the starting point guard for the Magic. His career year was in 1999-00, averaging 16.2 ppg in 31 mpg. During his nine years in Orlando, the team never posted a losing record, making the post-season seven times.

On July 7, 2003, Armstrong was arrested after an incident outside an Orlando night club. He was subsequently charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer, but the case was eventually dismissed.[12] During that off-season, Armstrong signed with the New Orleans Hornets as a free agent. He was traded by the Hornets to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Dan Dickau and a second round draft pick on December 3, 2004.

On December 19, 2005, while he was still with the Dallas Mavericks, Armstrong was fined $1,000 for grabbing a microphone before a Mavs game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the American Airlines Center and yelling "How 'bout those Redskins!" Only a few hours prior, the Cowboys had been routed by the Redskins 35–7. Armstrong was raised in North Carolina as a Redskins fan.[13] After appearing in the 2006 NBA Finals with the Mavericks, he was traded to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for guard Anthony Johnson in July 2006.

Armstrong was released by the Pacers on October 1, 2007, and signed with the New Jersey Nets after clearing waivers.[14][15] He appeared in 50 games in 2007–08, averaging 2.5ppg in 11.0 minutes, and buried three 3-pointers in his final appearance of the season.

Player profile[edit]

Despite his short height, Armstrong had the ability to dunk. He accidentally completed a reverse layup in the 1996 Slam Dunk Contest, which was deemed the worst dunk in the competition's history by Kenny Smith.[16] Subsequently, he was awarded last place in the contest, and was never invited to compete again.

Coaching career[edit]

On January 26, 2009, the Dallas Mavericks hired Armstrong to be assistant coach for player development.[17] Armstrong helped coach the Mavericks to win the 2011 NBA Finals.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games 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  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1994–95 Orlando 3 0 2.7 .375 .333 1.000 .3 1.0 .3 .0 3.3
1995–96 Orlando 13 0 3.2 .500 .500 1.000 .2 .4 .5 .0 3.2
1996–97 Orlando 67 0 15.1 .383 .304 .868 1.1 2.6 .9 .1 6.1
1997–98 Orlando 48 17 25.8 .411 .368 .854 3.3 4.9 1.2 .1 9.2
1998–99 Orlando 50 15 30.0 .441 .365 .904 3.6 6.7 2.2 .1 13.8
1999–2000 Orlando 82 82 31.6 .433 .340 .911 3.3 6.1 2.1 .1 16.2
2000–01 Orlando 75 75 36.9 .412 .355 .884 4.6 7.0 1.8 .2 15.9
2001–02 Orlando 82 79 33.3 .419 .349 .888 3.9 5.5 1.9 .1 12.4
2002–03 Orlando 82 23 28.7 .409 .336 .878 3.6 3.9 1.6 .2 9.4
2003–04 New Orleans 79 22 28.4 .395 .315 .854 2.9 3.9 1.7 .2 10.6
2004–05 New Orleans 14 9 29.4 .333 .243 .905 3.4 4.6 1.1 .1 10.1
2004–05 Dallas 52 7 11.1 .305 .268 .830 1.3 2.2 .6 .1 2.3
2005–06 Dallas 62 2 10.0 .336 .229 .786 1.3 1.4 .4 .1 2.1
2006–07 Indiana 81 4 15.7 .414 .336 .785 1.7 2.4 .9 .1 5.6
2007–08 New Jersey 50 2 11.0 .364 .333 .667 1.3 1.5 .6 .0 2.5
Career 840 337 23.7 .409 .334 .871 2.7 4.0 1.4 .1 9.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1996–97 Orlando 5 0 28.6 .476 .333 .846 4.2 3.4 1.6 .2 11.4
1998–99 Orlando 4 4 40.8 .370 .375 1.000 5.0 6.3 2.2 .0 14.8
2000–01 Orlando 4 4 41.8 .378 .368 .923 5.5 4.8 2.0 .5 13.3
2001–02 Orlando 4 4 39.5 .476 .235 .810 2.8 3.3 1.2 .0 15.3
2002–03 Orlando 7 1 32.3 .455 .333 .909 2.4 3.7 .9 .0 9.4
2003–04 New Orleans 7 0 21.4 .235 .200 1.000 2.1 2.3 .9 .0 3.4
2004–05 Dallas 9 0 7.3 .500 .250 .000 .4 1.0 .3 .2 2.0
2005–06 Dallas 11 0 4.3 .200 .000 1.000 .6 .2 .3 .1 .7
Career 51 13 22.0 .398 .287 .900 2.3 2.5 .9 .1 6.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Darrell Armstrong". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ Walker, Richard (November 13, 2012). "Gastonia's Armstrong still enjoying basketball, coaching in the NBA". Gaston Gazette. 
  3. ^ a b Burns, Marty (March 1, 1999). "A Player With An Extra Kick". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Darrell Armstrong bio". NBA. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ Schmitz, Brian (February 6, 1996). "Memories Of Crank To Carry Armstrong At Slam-dunk Contest". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Darrell Armstrong". HoopsHype.com. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "History of the United States Basketball League". Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Transactions: Weekend". New York Times. October 5, 1992. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Schmitz, Brian (April 26, 2002). "Darrell Armstrong Is Strong Role Model For Never Saying, `I Can't'". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Darrell Armstrong" (in Spanish). Liga ACB. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Darrell Armstrong bio". NBA. Archived from the original on February 15, 2004. 
  12. ^ Judge dismisses case on second day
  13. ^ Armstrong fined $1,000 for cheering Redskins
  14. ^ Point guard Armstrong picks Nets, October 4, 2007
  15. ^ New Jersey adds depth to backcourt with guard Darrell Armstrong, October 5, 2007
  16. ^ Armstrong dunk on youtube
  17. ^ Sefko, Eddie (January 27, 2009). "Armstrong to join Dallas Mavericks' coaching staff". Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. 

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