In an effort to boost their lack of depth on the bench, the Golden State Warriors have turned to the D-League for help, signing center Hilton Armstrong from their affiliate in Santa Cruz.
An eight-year veteran, Armstrong has played for five different teams, averaging 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 277 games. A journeyman, Armstrong has played overseas and was invited to the Pacers’ training camp before this season, but did not make the team.
The team made the signing official on Wednesday, and Armstrong will be available to play tonight against the Mavericks. The Warriors will probably need him as well. Backup center Jermaine O’Neal is questionable with a wrist injury, and Draymond Green, an essential part of the bench, is probable with a sprained left ankle. With the bench already thin due to the absence of Andre Iguodala (forcing Harrison Barnes to start) and the long-term injuries to Festus Ezeli and Ognjen Kuzmic, it would be an understatement to say that Golden State is in need of bench depth.
And while Armstrong won’t solve all of their problems, he is an experienced veteran who can fill in some minutes while the starters rest and stall for the time while the Warriors training staff attempts to heal their injured players.