20th Anniversary Profile: B.J. Armstrong

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came from the 18th pick in the ’89 Draft, to the best player available in the Expansion Draft.

B.J. Armstrong played in 491 of his 492 games as a Bull

His best season as a Bull came during the 1993-94 season as he took center stage with the sudden retirement of Michael Jordan. He lead the Bulls far beyond expectations to a 55-win season, making a deep playoff run into the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Armstrong averaged 14.8 ppg, scoring 1,212 points,  170 rebounds and managed 80 steals with 323 assists. He was named to the 1994NBA All-Star team. Armstrong played in all but one game as a Bull from 1990 until his departure to Toronto and Golden State.

Armstrong’s 1990-92 season with Chicago may not have been his best but it wasn’t his worst either. He helped the Bulls on numerous occasions, such as lending a spark to the Chicago to beat Cleveland in a January game that helped keep the Bulls on the winning track. He played in all 82 games that season and scored 720 points. That may not seem like a lot but you take away his performances and the Bulls season turns out very differently. Armstrong also played in every single playoff game for the Bulls as well, leading the team from three point range with 60%. He also shot 80% from the free throw line, and shot 50% from the floor.

Armstrong’s time with Chicago came to an end with the 1995 NBA Expansion Draft. The NBA expanded north of the boarder into Canada with the newly founded Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies. Armstrong went number one overall to the Raptors bu never played a game there. He was instead traded to Golden State where he played until 1997. It was then off to Charlotte for the ’97-98 season for 10 games before signing with the Orlando Magic. Armstrong finished his 11 year career with the Chicago Bulls, signing a contract for the 1999-00 season.

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  • http://www.thebasketbulls.com Basketbulls

    Great post, I loved B.J. Armstrong and now as Rose’s agent he is helping in the the point guard department. Rose schooled the Celtics tonight

    • Josh Hill

      B.J. is a great part of Bulls history and he’s going to transcend great teams from the greatness of the 90′s to what the Bulls are becoming today. Appreciate all the comments you leave. Really keeps me going.

  • http://google HURT-46

    THE(KID)CALL BY JOHN THE BIG(RED)WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLAYER FROM IOWA COLLEGE TO THE WINDY CHI. HE MADE WATCHIN THE BULL ENJOYABLE, ALONG WITH MJ AND PIPPEN AND THE REST OF THE CAST. SO AS A FAN I’M HAPPY FOR B.J. ARMSTRONG. AND THANK FOR ALL THE GOOD B-BALL GAMES. BIG FAN