Warriors sign Hilton Armstrong to help frontcourt
The Golden State Warriors will sign journeyman forward-center Hilton Armstrong to a contract in order to deal with a host of injuries to their frontcourt. He is expected to be in uniform when the team hosts the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
According to a report Wednesday from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Warriors will call up the 29-year-old from its NBA D-League affiliate Santa Cruz Warriors, where he averaged 15 points and seven rebounds. Hilton was the No. 12 overall pick in the 2006 draft that saw Knicks forward-center Andrea Bargnani selected first.
The addition of Armstrong will be a welcome relief to a Warriors frontcourt that has struggled to provide depth after starting forward David Lee and center Andrew Bogut. Hilton will likely be used to fill in for banged up veteran center Jermaine O’Neal and forward Draymond Green — both of whom missed practice Tuesday — and forward Mareese Speights, who has been able to crack head coach Mark Jackson’s rotation for only 11 minutes per game in his first season with the Warriors.
Armstrong was the 2006 Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He spent four seasons with the New Orleans Hornets and had stints with the Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks. Over the past two years, he has also played in Greece and France and was named to the NBA D-League All-Defensive Second Team last year.
The Warriors are currently 12-10 and third in the Pacific Division.