Darrell Antwonne Arthur is a professional basketball player from the United States of America who plays as a power forward. Arthur has also been known to double up as a small forward when the team requires him to portray that role. Arthur went to the South Oak Cliff High School where he led the team to two consecutive Texas 4A titles in 2005 and 2006.
In both seasons, Arthur dominated the court and was named as the MVP for the tournament in both seasons. However, it was later found out that the team had deliberately changed student’s grades to make them eligible for the team & tournament, thus both titles were revoked.
Arthur, meanwhile, had made his way into the University of Kansas where he took on the 00 number uniform, becoming the first player since Greg Ostertag to pick that number. Arthur had a wonderful freshman season, getting named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team. In his second season, he was brilliant on court, getting named to the 2008 National Championship Team as the starting power forward while also being named to the All-Big 12 first team.
Arthur decided to forego the last two years of college and declared for the 2008 NBA Draft. Arthur had a busy draft night, after getting picked at 27th overall by the New Orleans Hornets. The Hornets immediately sent him out to the Portland Trail Blazers for cash, who in turn sent him out to the Houston Rockets in exchange for draft rights to number 25 pick, Nicolas Batum. The Rockets then decided to send him out to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for draft rights to the number 28 pick, Donte Green.
In his very first year, just before the NBA Rookie Training Camp began, Arthur was excused from the camp, along with Mario Chalmers (a college teammate and fellow rookie), after getting involved in a Marijuana related incident at a local hotel. After the fire alarm of their room went off due to smoke, police entering the scene found strong smells of marijuana in the room although they couldn’t find any. As a result, no charges were filed against either player, along with Michael Beasley who was also supposed to be in the room at the time.
Arthur was released without charges but was fined $20,000 by the NBA for missing the Rookie Training Camp.