Darrell Eugene Armstrong
(born June 22, 1968 in Gastonia, North Carolina
) is a former American
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
Armstrong did not play basketball in high school
until his senior year, and did not play again until his junior year of college
. He played college basketball
at Fayetteville State University
, a Division II school in Fayetteville, North Carolina
, and was also a kicker on the football team.
After college, Armstrong was not drafted
by any NBA team, and went on to play in the Global Basketball Association
and United States Basketball League
, as well as in Europe
, where he began playing in Cyprus
with Pezoporikos Larnaca
, followed by an ACB
Armstrong first signed with the NBA as a free agent for the Orlando Magic
in late 1994–95, playing just 3 games with 10 points and 8 minutes of action. In 95–96 he played just 13 games in 41 minutes, scoring 42 points total.
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......