Armstrong, Darrell
Background

2005-06: In 62 games with two starts, averaged 2.1 points, 1.4 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 10.0 minutes per game…shot 33.6% (43-128 FGs) from the floor, 22.9% (11-48 3FGs) from 3-point range and 78.6% (33-42 FTs) from the line…recorded a DNP-CD 19 times…did not miss a game due to injury…Mavericks were 13-4 in games in which he tallied 3+ assists…season-high 5 assists at Phoenix (11/1/05)…season-high 10 rebounds at Memphis (12/9/05)…10 points (3-4 FGs, 3-4 FTs) vs. Golden State (3/23/06)…season-high 12 points (4-7 FGs, 2-3 3FGs, 2-2 FTs) at Phoenix (4/13/06)

2004-05: In 66 games (14 with New Orleans, 52 with Dallas), averaged 4.0 points, 2.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 15.0 minutes per game…shot 32.1% (89-277 FGs) from the floor, 25.2% (28-111 3FGs) from 3-point range and 85.3% (58-68 FTs) from the line…with Dallas, averaged 2.3 points, 2.2 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game…made 16 starts, seven while with the Mavericks…recorded a DNP-CD with Dallas 13 times but did not miss a single game due to injury with either the Hornets or Mavericks…led Dallas in assists eight times…season-high tying 21 points (8-17 FGs, 5-9 3FGs) for New Orleans at Milwaukee (11/13/04)…season-high tying 8 assists for New Orleans vs. Phoenix (11/17/04) …season-high tying 21 points (9-20 FGs, 3-6 3FGs) in 38 minutes for New Orleans at the L.A. Lakers (11/28/04)…season-high tying 8 assists for Dallas at Houston (12/11/04).

2003-04: In 79 games for New Orleans, averaged 10.6 points, 3.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.68 steals in 28.4 minutes per game…ranked sixth in the league in 3-pointers attempted and 18th in 3-pointers made…ranked 11th in the league in steals per game…started 22 games, averaging 15.0 points, 6.5 assists and 2.0 steals…netted a career-high 35 points (11-21 FGs) at San Antonio (1/24/04), including a game winning 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds to play…dished out a team season-high 15 assists at Portland (4/3/04)…registered his first double-double of the season with 27 points and 11 assists vs. Dallas (2/4/04)…scored 29 points with a career-high 3 blocks vs. Philadelphia (1/21/04)… recorded a season-high 6 steals vs. Atlanta (12/26/03)…missed the last three games of the season with a sprained right ankle.

2002-03: Averaged 9.4 points, 3.9 assists, 3.6 rebounds and team-high-tying 1.65 steals (14th in NBA) in 82 games with Orlando...was the only Magic player to appear in all 82 games…shot a team-high 87.8% (165-188 FTs) from the free throw line (eighth in NBA)…made 23 starts, averaging 10.4 points, 4.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.43 steals in 33.0 minutes per game…led (or tied) the team in assists 23 times, including a season-high 11 assists on 12/30/02 vs. Washington and 12/18/02 at Utah…scored in double figures 38 times, including a season-best 21 points on 11/1/02 at Minnesota…earned NBA’s Community Assist Award for March.

2001-02: Played in all 82 games with Orlando…averaged 12.4 points, 5.5 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.91 steals in 33.3 minutes per game…tied for third in the NBA in free throw percentage at 88.8% (182-205 FTs) and ranked sixth in steals.

2000-01: Averaged 15.9 points, 7.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 75 games with Orlando…shot 88.4% (220-249 FTs) from the free throw line…posted career-highs in assists (524), rebounding (343) and minutes (2,767).

1999-2000: Started all 82 games with Orlando and averaged a career-high 16.2 points to go along with 6.1 apg, 3.3 rpg and 2.06 spg…ranked third in the NBA in free throw percentage at 91.1% (225-247 FTs).

1998-99: Averaged 13.8 points, 6.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.16 steals in 50 games with Orlando…earned the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award, as well as the league’s Sixth Man Award…ranked third in the NBA in free throw percentage with 90.4% (161-178 FTs).

1997-98: Averaged 9.2 points, 4.9 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 48 games with the Magic before his season was cut short by a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

1996-97: Appeared in 67 games for Orlando, averaging 6.1 points and 2.6 assists.

1995-96: Averaged 3.2 points with Orlando 13 games…participated in the Slam Dunk competition during the 1996 NBA All-Star Weekend.

1994-95: Played in Spanish League with Coren Orense, averaging 24.6 ppg., 4.5 rpg. and 2.5 apg. in 38 games en route to 1994-95 European All-Star accolades....Signed with Magic as a free agent on April 8 and went on to see action in three games, scoring 10 points and dealing out three assists in eight minutes of play.

PLAYOFFS: Has appeared in 51 career playoff games with 13 starts, averaging 6.8 points 2.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 22.0 minutes per game...has missed just nine of his postseason free throw attempts (81-90; 90.0%)…2006: Appeared in 11 games for a total of 47 minutes (4.3 per)…shot 3-of-15 from the floor…2005: In nine games for Dallas, averaged 2.0 points and 1.0 assists in 7.3 minutes per game…had 9 points (4-4 FGs) and a team-high tying 4 assists in 19 minutes in Game 7 vs. Houston (5/7/05)…2004: Appeared in all seven games of New Orleans’ first round matchup vs. Miami…averaged 3.4 points, 2.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game…2003: Played all seven games for Orlando against Detroit in the first round…averaged 9.4 points, 3.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 32.3 minutes per game…2002: Started all four games of the Magic’s first-round matchup vs. Charlotte…averaged 15.3 points (47.6% FGs), 3.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 39.5 minutes per game…2001: Started all four of Orlando’s first-round games vs. Milwaukee…averaged 13.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.00 steals in 41.8 minutes per game…1999: Started all four of Orlando’s first-round games vs. Philadelphia…matching up against Allen Iverson, averaged 14.8 points, 6.3 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.25 steals in 40.8 minutes per game…1997: Saw action in all five of Orlando’s first-round games vs. Miami…averaged 11.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.60 steals in just 28.6 minutes per game off the bench.
Personal

Full name is Darrell Eugene Armstrong Chose to wear number three with the Hornets in 2003-04 as a personal dedication to his favorite football player, former Washington Redskins kicker Mark Mosley (switched back to number 10 for 2004-05) A two-time recipient of the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award (1998, 2000) while with the Magic. For four straight years (2000-03), was named among all professional athletes as "Good Guys in Sports" by The Sporting News, recognizing athletes for outstanding character and exemplary civic responsibility. Established the Darrell Armstrong Foundation for Premature Babies. Inducted into the Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame in May of 1998…other inductees have included Denzel Washington, Michael Jordan, Gale Sayers and Brooks Robinson. Earned Hometown Hero Award during the 1999 Florida Sports Awards for his community service efforts. Majored in physical education at Fayetteville State. Spent the summer of 1993 working the midnight shift at the Dixie Yarn Mill in his hometown of Gastonia, N.C. for $200 a week after the Global Basketball Association folded. Did not play high school basketball until his senior year. He and his wife, Deidra, have two daughters, Arkia and Mayliah, and one son, Darrell, Jr. A walk-on at Division II Fayetteville State in North Carolina, who averaged 14.3 points per game over the course of his career and 16.4 ppg as a senior en route to First Team Black College All-America honors and First Team All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference accolades. The 1990 CIAA Slam Dunk Champion. Also served as the football team’s placekicker for two years and kicked a school record 48-yard field goal twice.
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