Hairston with Galatasaray in 2013
|No. 11 – AEK Athens|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|League||Greek Basket League|
February 23, 1987 |
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Renaissance (Detroit, Michigan)|
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|2009–2010||San Antonio Spurs|
|2011–2013||Emporio Armani Milano|
|2013–2014||Galatasaray Liv Hospital|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Malik Samory Hairston (born February 23, 1987) is an American basketball player who currently plays for AEK Athens of the Greek Basket League. A guard-forward from the University of Oregon, he was chosen in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, who then traded him to the San Antonio Spurs. Before signing with Olimpia Milano, Hairston played for the San Antonio Spurs, the Austin Toros (the Spurs' D-League affiliate), and Montepaschi Siena of Italy. He was born in Detroit, Michigan.
High school career
Prior to arriving at the University of Oregon, Hairston attended Renaissance High School in Detroit, Michigan playing alongside fellow all-American Joe Crawford, former Fordham point guard Marcus Stout, and stand-out guard Adam Sabree. His former Oregon teammate, Tajuan Porter, also attended Renaissance High School. Hairston led his high school team to a 27–0 record, the Class B state title and a No. 3 national ranking by USA Today. He was a top 10 rated recruit by virtually every publication and played in the 2004 McDonald's All-America game.
Hairston was an important asset for the Ducks from the moment he stepped on the floor as a freshman. Hairston (along with teammates Maarty Leunen and Bryce Taylor) became three of the eleven players in Oregon history to record 1,000 career points as juniors. Injuries slowed his production in 2006–2007 but Hairston was instrumental to the Ducks' late-season run and Elite Eight appearance in the 2007 NCAA Division I tournament. He scored a career-high 29 points in a 97–88 win over Western Michigan on November 12, 2007, and matched that in an 84–74 win over the Jerryd Bayless-less Arizona Wildcats on January 5, 2008. During his college career he grabbed 12 rebounds on two separate occasions, the first in a 58–56 loss to Stanford on February 26, 2005, and in an 88–54 win over Idaho State on December 17, 2006. He closed out his career with team-highs of 22 points and 7 rebounds in a 76–69 Ducks loss to Mississippi State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
He was drafted with the 18th pick in the second round (48th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns (which acquired the pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a trade for Milt Palacio). Hairston was subsequently traded to the San Antonio Spurs with cash for Goran Dragić. Hairston didn't make the roster at the end of training camp on October 26, 2008, but was re-signed by the Spurs on December 22. In his second season with the Spurs, Hairston was released in late July 2010 after the signing of Gary Neal and the subsequent log jam at the guard position.
On July 29, 2010 Hairston signed with the reigning Italian league champions Montepaschi Siena. Shortly after his debut for Montepaschi, he would miss three weeks after undergoing surgery for a hernia. Despite being limited to only 16 games in his first season in the Lega Basket Serie A, a healthy Hairston would find good form for Montepaschi right before the start of the Final 16 Round Robin of the Euroleague playoffs. After finishing second in the round of sixteen, Montepaschi would advance to play Olympiacos B.C. in a best of five series in the quarterfinals. Montepaschi would be resoundingly beat in the first game but would bounce back to win game two 82-65, with Hairston scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 boards, garnering him the Sportingbet MVP award for the game 2. Montepaschi won game 3. It would be Hairston again who would lead the way in game 5 with 25 points, 7 boards, 3 assists and a steal to again win the Sportingbet MVP Award, and in doing so becoming the first player to win the award twice in a playoff series. Montepaschi would go on to win the series and reach the Final Four of the tournament, something, they hadn't achieved in four years. They were then drawn away against Panathinaikos, where the eventual champions would beat them 77-69. Malik Hairston's 12 points and 4 rebounds weren't enough to help push them through to the finals. But as consolation, Montepaschi would compete in the third place match against Real Madrid Baloncesto, the team that finished above them in the round of sixteen, and win it 82-60. After a successful first season in Italy and the Euroleague Malik Hairston would leave the team to sign with Emporio Armani Milano.
On July 25, 2011, Hairston officially signed a contract with Emporio Armani Milano. After averaging 13.9 points per game in the Euroleague and 12.7 points in the Serie A in his first season with the team, there were rumors that the Russian team CSKA Moscow was interested in him, but eventually he signed a new two-year contract with Olimpia Milano. In his second season with Olimpia, he averaged 11.4 points per game in the Euroleague. However, in July of 2013, the president of the team confirmed in a press conference that Hairston was free to leave the team.
Galatasaray Liv Hospital
Awards and accomplishments
- 2005 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team
- 2006 All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.
- Spurs Recall Malik Hairston
- Malik Hairston Recruiting Profile
- Hairston's career-high 29 points power Oregon
- Oregon takes advantage as Arizona plays without top scorer Bayless
- Stanford 58, Oregon 56 – Box score – February 26, 2005
- Oregon continues hot shooting, making 53 percent of shots
- Rhodes' 34 help Mississippi State rally from 13-point hole
- Spurs Waive Malik Hairston
- Spurs Sign Malik Hairston
- San Antonio Spurs sign former Duck Malik Hairston
- Montepaschi signs Malik Hairston
- Hairston Out Three Weeks
- Malik Hairston Gets 18 in Win for Siena
- Malik Hairston Awarded Sportingbet MVP Award For Dominant Game 2
- Hairston Game 4 MVP
- Panathinaikos Advance to Finals
- 3rd Place Belongs to Montepaschi Siena
- Emporio Armani inks Hairston at forward
- "Olimpia EA7 - Emporio Armani Milano announces Malik Hairston". Sportadno. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- "CSKA Moscow pursuing Malik Hairston". Sportando. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- "Olimpia Milano officially re-signs Malik Hairston". Sportando. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- "Olimpia Milano: via Hairston, arriva Jackson?". datasport.it (in Italian). Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- "Malik Hairston will leave Olimpia Milano". Sportando. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
- "Galatasaray announced Malik Hairston". Sportando.net. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
- AEK Athens lands Malik Hairston