20th Anniversary Profile: B.J. Armstrong

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Armstrong may not be globally known, but he is well known in Chicago

There were so many instruments that went into the Chicago Bull’s first NBA Championship and in many circles outside of Bulls fans, a lot of them are over looked. Everyone knows MJ, everyone knows Pippen; but Batman and Robin don’t fight crime without gadgets. One of the more useful and helpful gadgets in winning the 1990-91 NBA title was B.J. Armstrong.

Armstrong played his college ball at the University of Iowa where he led a very memorable college career. Armstrong finished his stint with the Hawkeyes, and he graduated in 1989 with the schools highest rebound total ever with 517. He ranks fourth in that category as of 2010 as well as total points with 1,705. B.J. ranks 6th in all-time steals at Iowa with 178, and over his four-year run, he shot .443 from beyond the arch.

Chicago saw what Armstrong possessed and liked it. They liked it enough to select Armstrong with the 18th pick in the 1989 NBA Draft. Armstrong went on to win 3 NBA titles as a member of the Chicago Bulls and his career in the NBA was just as impressive, if not more impressive than his college one. Armstrong played 6 seasons in Chicago before he was selected number one overall in the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft.

That right there is a snapshot of just how far Armstrong

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