Malik Hairston

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Malik Hairston
Malik Samory Hairston.JPG
Hairston with Galatasaray in 2013
Free agent
Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1987-02-23) February 23, 1987 (age 27)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Renaissance (Detroit, Michigan)
College Oregon (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Austin Toros
2009–2010 San Antonio Spurs
2010 Austin Toros
2010–2011 Montepaschi Siena
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 last played for Galatasaray Liv Hospital of the Turkish Basketball 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),[1] and Montepaschi Siena of Italy. He was born in Detroit, Michigan.

High school[edit]

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.

College[edit]

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,[2] and matched that in an 84–74 win over the Jerryd Bayless-less Arizona Wildcats on January 5, 2008.[3] 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,[4] and in an 88–54 win over Idaho State on December 17, 2006.[5] 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.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Spurs[edit]

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,[7] but was re-signed by the Spurs on December 22.[1][8][9] 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.

Montepaschi Siena[edit]

On July 29, 2010 Hairston signed with the reigning Italian league champions Montepaschi Siena.[10] Shortly after his debut for Montepaschi, he would miss three weeks after undergoing surgery for a hernia.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] After a successful first season in Italy and the Euroleague Malik Hairston would leave the team to sign with Emporio Armani Milano.[17]

Olimpia Milano[edit]

On July 25, 2011, Hairston officially signed a contract with Emporio Armani Milano.[18] 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.[19][20] 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.[21][22]

Galatasaray Liv Hospital[edit]

In November 2013, he signed with Galatasaray Liv Hospital till the end of the season.[23]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

  • 2005 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team
  • 2006 All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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
 Bold  Career high

Note: Euroleague is not the only competition in which player participated for the team during the season.


NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 San Antonio 15 0 10.3 .490 .000 .286 1.9 .9 .4 .5 3.3
2009–10 San Antonio 47 0 6.7 .526 .182 .567 1.0 .3 .1 .2 2.1
Career 62 0 7.6 .512 .167 .514 1.2 .5 .2 .3 2.4

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2010-11 Montepaschi 16 8 18.4 .544 .368 .718 3.2 1.0 1.0 .3 8.6 7.4
2011-12 Milano 12 4 24.2 .538 .480 .763 3.1 1.5 .1 .4 13.9 12.2
2012–13 Milano 10 10 30.0 .438 .500 .680 2.2 1.8 .7 .3 11.4 7.5
2013–14 Galatasaray 21 21 28.0 .429 .250 .681 2.5 1.6 .4 .3 8.4 6.0
Career 59 43 25.1 .462 .383 .709 2.9 1.4 .5 .3 10.1 7.9

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