What do Warriors want from Armstrong? 'Defend, rebound, set screens'
Hilton Armstrong made six starts for Santa Cruz, averaging 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.7 assists. (AP)
Hilton Armstrong played collegiately at UConn and was drafted No. 12 overall in the 2006 draft. (USATSI)
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With backup center Jermaine O'Neal still nursing a tender right wrist that has caused him to miss the last two practices, the Warriors on Wednesday filled the void by calling up Hilton Armstrong from Santa Cruz of the Developmental League.
Armstrong, a veteran of six NBA teams, arrived at the team's downtown Oakland facility just prior to the shootaround in the hours before the Warriors-Mavericks game Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. He will be available to play.
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"The stuff that we run in Santa Cruz is pretty similar to what they're running up here,'' Armstrong said. "I'm glad that it worked that way, because it's going to be an easier transition for me.''
The 6-foot-11 center/forward made six starts for the Santa Cruz Warriors, averaging 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.7 assists. He was shooting 63.5 percent from the floor.
Armstrong, 29, says he learned a lot during his time with Indiana in the preseason, where he generally faced off with All-Star Pacers center Roy Hibbard.
"That was huge for me,'' Armstrong said. "He's one of the best bigs in the NBA. Playing against him every day was a great challenge, and I looked forward to it every day. I loved the competition.''
A product of the University of Connecticut, where he was a starter on the 2004 NCAA Championship team, Armstrong was the 12th overall pick of the 2006 Draft.