Beset by injuries, the Golden State Warriors have signed forward Hilton Armstrong from their NBA Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that Armstrong will be in uniform tonight for the Warriors when they host the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena. The Warriors announced the signing via their official website.
Armstrong was originally a first-round pick of the New Orleans Hornets in 2006 out of Connecticut, taken 12th overall. At 6-foot-11 and 235 pounds, Armstrong did not bring a particularly polished offensive game to the NBA.
In parts of four seasons with the Hornets, Armstrong played 209 games, starting 37, and averaged 3.6 points and 2.6 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game.
He was traded to the Sacramento Kings in January 2010 for a 2016 second-round pick and later was part of the three-team trade that sent Kevin Martin from Sacramento to the Houston Rockets.
That summer, he signed a free agent deal with the Washington Wizards and was traded at the February deadline in 2011 to the Atlanta Hawks in the deal that sent Mike Bibby to the Wizards.
His last NBA game was with the Hawks in the second round of the playoffs in 2011.
In 2011-12, Armstrong played for ASVEL Basket in France and he signed with Panathinaikos in Greece for the 2012-13 season, but was released at midseason.
Returning to the states, Armstrong landed with the Santa Cruz Warriors in January and in 29 games averaged 13.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots in 26.3 minutes per game, while leading the D-League with a 94.4 defensive rating (points per 100 possessions) and field-goal percentage (62.8 percent).
In six playoff games, Armstrong averaged 10.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 23.2 minutes.
In six games so far this season in Santa Cruz, Armstrong was playing 30.3 minutes per game and shooting 63.5 percent, while averaging 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and three blocks per game.