On account of all the injuries and a substandard bench production, the Golden State Warriors’ (12-10) have been struggling to provide that consistent high-scoring offense. Coach Mark Jackson’s explosive starting line-up can’t handle each grueling twelve-minute period on their own; their bench players have to contribute just as well. It’s an absolute given that Jackson’s golden line-up (Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut, David Lee, and Andre Igoudala) can stand head to head with any top-tier team in the NBA. Nevertheless, if they ever want a shot to compete in the postseason, it’s essential that the Dubs’ bench production improves ten-fold on both sides of the court. A trigger-happy warrior squad with a depleted bench is still no match for any other elite team with a balanced offensive system (e.g. Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs), considering the fact that their bench reserves are just as effective as their starters. The frontcourt addition of Hilton Armstrong will bolster the Warriors’ depth at center; thus allowing Lee and Bogut to have that extra time to catch their breath for the second half. Furthermore, it’s a substantial upgrade to the injured veteran center Jermaine O’ Neal (right wrist) and forward Draymond Green (left ankle).
The free agent center of the Santa Cruz Warriors was originally called up from the NBA D-league’s subsidiary. The product out of the University of Connecticut averaged 15 points, 3 assists, 3 blocks, and 7 rebounds per game. Shooting with a 61.5 percentile from the field, the 29-year old powerhouse was the leading scorer for Santa Cruz. The 6’11(235lbs.) D-league standout attained Defensive Team honors (Second Team) and an honorable mention throughout the year of 2013. In the 2006 NBA Draft, Armstrong was notably selected as the 12th overall pick by the New Orleans Hornets. The (2004) NCAA’s Championship forward/center played for the following plethora of NBA teams: Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, and a minor stint with the Indiana Pacers. In addition to, the sturdy Husky also played professionally overseas, joining both the French Pro A League and the Greek Basketball League (Panathinaikos).
Hopefully, Armstrong’s presence on the court will provide an exceptional boost to the Warriors’ unpredictable bench morale.
Let’s all give a warm welcome to our newest Golden State Warrior, Hilton Armstrong.
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