Hilton Julius Armstrong, Jr. (born November 11, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins of the B.League. During his college basketball career, he played as a forward and center for the University of Connecticut Huskies. He formerly played for the New Orleans Hornets, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, and Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He was also on the pre-season roster of the Indiana Pacers in 2014 and played in a summer league for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2012.
Armstrong with the Washington Wizards, 2010
|Position||Center / Power forward|
|Born||November 11, 1984|
Peekskill, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Peekskill (Peekskill, New York)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets|
|2006–2010||New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets|
|2013||Santa Cruz Warriors|
|2013||Golden State Warriors|
|2014||Santa Cruz Warriors|
|2014||Golden State Warriors|
|2017–2018||Ryukyu Golden Kings|
|2019–2020||Nagoya Diamond Dolphins|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
After graduating from Peekskill High School, Armstrong started off slowly as a college athlete, averaging under 4 points in each of first 3 seasons at UConn with the Huskies. However, he greatly improved in his senior year, averaging 9.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks, and shooting 61% from the field. He followed after his teammate Josh Boone, and won the Big East Defensive Player of the Year award in the 2005–06 season.
He was declared eligible for the 2006 NBA draft, and was selected by the New Orleans Hornets with the 12th overall pick. Known for his shot-blocking and athleticism, he was anticipated by analysts to be an instant contributor to the Hornets front line, but the team then traded for the Chicago Bulls center Tyson Chandler. Chandler was named the starting center and Armstrong played a reserve role throughout his time with the Hornets.
D-League / Return to the NBA (2013–2014)Edit
In November 2013, he was re-acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors.
On December 11, 2013, after playing in six games with Santa Cruz, Armstrong signed with the Golden State Warriors. On December 29, 2013, he was waived by Golden State. On January 3, 2014, he was re-acquired by Santa Cruz.
On February 3, 2014, Armstrong was named to the Futures All-Star roster for the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game.
On February 22, 2014, he signed a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors. On March 4, 2014, he returned to Santa Cruz after his 10-day contract expired. On March 30, 2014, he signed another 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors. On April 9, 2014, he signed with Golden State for the rest of the 2013–14 season. He started the final game of the regular season and recorded a double-double. On July 30, 2014, he was waived by Golden State. While playing for Golden State, Armstrong became the first player in NBA history to wear jersey number 57.
On August 6, 2014, he signed a one-year deal with Turkish team Beşiktaş of the Turkish Basketball Super League. On May 5, 2015, Armstrong recorded a career-high 30 points, shooting 10-of-14 from the field, along with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in a 74–94 blowout loss to Fenerbahçe.
On July 30, 2015, he signed with Tüyap Büyükçekmece also of Turkey. However, on November 10, 2015, he parted ways with Büyükçekmece and joined Denizli Basket of the Turkish Basketball First League for the rest of the season.
On August 16, 2018, he signed a one-year deal with the Israeli team Bnei Herzliya, joining his former teammate Jeff Adrien. However, on January 10, 2019, Armstrong parted ways with Herzliya after appearing in 13 games.
Return to Japan (2019–present)Edit
Armstrong appeared as himself in the 2015 independent film Four Square Miles to Glory.
|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|
|2006–07||New Orleans/Oklahoma City||56||5||11.3||.544||.000||.597||2.7||.2||.2||.5||3.1|
- Hilton Armstrong – IMDb
- "KINGS ACQUIRE HILTON ARMSTRONG". NBA.com. 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
- "Wizards Sign Hilton Armstrong". NBA.com. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
- "Hawks Acquire Hinrich and Armstrong". NBA.com. 2011-02-23. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
- Asvel inks big man Armstrong.
- ShamSports.com: Hilton Armstrong player profile
- Santa Cruz Warriors Acquire Center Hilton Armstrong Archived 2015-03-25 at the Wayback Machine
- Pacers sign Hilton Armstrong
- Indiana Pacers release Hilton Armstrong
- Warriors Sign Hilton Armstrong From D-League's Santa Cruz Warriors
- Warriors Waive Hilton Armstrong
- Eighth Annual NBA D-League All-Star Game Features 16 Players With NBA Experience Archived 2014-02-07 at the Wayback Machine
- "Warriors Sign Hilton Armstrong from D-League's Santa Cruz Warriors to 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2014.
- "Warriors Sign Hilton Armstrong From D-League's Santa Cruz Warriors to 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 30, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
- "Warriors Sign Hilton Armstrong for Remainder of the Season". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 9, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
- "Warriors Waive Hilton Armstrong". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 30, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- "Besiktas Integral Forex goes big with Armstrong". Eurocupbasketball.com. August 6, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
- "Fenerbahce Ulker 94 at Besiktas Sompo Japan 74". RealGM.com. May 5, 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
- "Tuyap Buyukcekmece adds former NBA forward Hilton Armstrong". Sportando.com. July 30, 2015. Retrieved July 30, 2015.
- "Hilton Armstrong moves from Büyükçekmece to Denizli". Sportando.basketball. November 10, 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
- "Hilton Armstrong joins Chiba Jets". court-side.com. August 5, 2016. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
- "Hilton Armstrong joins Ryukyu Golden Kings". Sportando.basketball. July 28, 2017. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
- "Bnei Herzliya signs Hilton Armstrong to replace Shaquille Morris". Sportando.basketball. August 16, 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
- "בני הרצליה: בנימון במקום ארמסטרונג". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). January 10, 2019. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
- "ヒルトン・アームストロング選手 2018-19 SEASON新加入のお知らせ". nagoya-dolphins.jp (in Japanese). January 25, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2019.