En­shrine­ment for Arm­strong

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS THURSDAY -

for the things I did in Or­lando, and I am es­pe­cially proud as a player who wasn’t drafted,” Arm­strong said in a press re­lease. “I am not only ex­cited that the or­ga­ni­za­tion is re­ward­ing me, but I am also thank­ful to the fans there as well.

“Magic fans al­ways had my back and sup­ported me. It is a great honor and I share this with them.”

Arm­strong will be ninth in­ductee into Magic Hall of Fame.

Af­ter go­ing un­drafted in 1991 out of Fayet­teville State Univer­sity, the North Carolina na­tive played pro­fes­sion­ally in sev­eral mi­nor leagues as well as over­seas in Cyprus and Spain. He fi­nally reached the NBA when he signed with Or­lando on April 8, 1995.

From there he em­barked on a nine-sea­son stretch that saw him etch his name across the Magic record books.

En­ter­ing this sea­son, Arm­strong ranked among the the the Magic’s all-time lead­ers in steals (sec­ond, 830), as­sists (third, 2,555), games played (fifth, 502), 3-point field goals at­tempted (fifth, 1,892), min­utes played (sixth, 14,234), 3-point field goals made (sixth, 654), free throws made (eighth, 1,156), free throws at­tempted (ninth, 1,302), field goals made (10th, 2,044), field goals at­tempted (10th, 4,878) and points scored (10th, 5,898).

Dur­ing the 1999-2000 “heart and hus­tle” sea­son, Arm­strong led the Magic in scor­ing (16.2 points) and as­sists (6.1) and was a big rea­son why they went 41-41

GARY W. GREEN/OR­LANDO SENTINEL

Dar­rell Arm­strong’s hus­tle and de­ter­mi­na­tion made him a fan fa­vorite dur­ing his nine sea­sons in Or­lando.

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