Haukur Pálsson

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Haukur Pálsson
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Pálsson with Iceland in 2016
No. 13 – UNICS Kazan
PositionPower Forward / Small forward
LeagueVTB United League
Personal information
Born (1992-05-18) 18 May 1992 (age 27)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Listed height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Career information
High schoolMontverde Academy
(Montverde, Florida)
CollegeMaryland (2010–2011)
Playing career2007–present
Career history
2014–2015LF Luleå
2016–2017Rouen Métropole
2018–2019Nanterre 92
2019–presentUnics Kazan
Career highlights and awards

Haukur Helgi Pálsson (born 18 May 1992) is an Icelandic basketball player for Unics Kazan and the Icelandic national team, where he participated at the EuroBasket in 2015 and 2017.

High School[edit]

Haukur played one year of high school basketball in the United States at Montverde Academy under Kevin Sutton.[1]

Club career[edit]

Haukur came up through the junior ranks of Fjölnir[2] and was first brought up to the senior team during the 2006-2007 Úrvalsdeild karla season when he was a unused substitute in seven games.[3] During the 2007-2008 season he appeared in nine games in the Úrvalsdeild karla for Fjölnir, averaging 1.0 points.[4] After spending the 2008-2009 season with Fjölnir in the second tier 1. deild karla[5], where he was named to the Domestic All-First team[6], he left the club to join Montverde Academy in the United States[2] and in 2010 he joined the University of Maryland.[7]

In October 2015, Haukur signed with Icelandic powerhouse Njarðvík.[2] The team finished seventh in the Úrvalsdeild karla.[8] In the playoffs they knocked out second seed Stjarnan in the first round[9] before bowing out to the eventual champions KR in the semi-finals.[10] After the season Haukur was selected to the Úrvalsdeild Domestic All-First Team and as the Úrvalsdeild Domestic Player of the Year.[11]

He spent the 2016-2017 season with Rouen Métropole Basket in the LNB Pro B where he averaged 12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4 assists per game. In June 2017 Haukur signed with the LNB Pro A club Cholet Basket.[12]

On 18 July 2018 Haukur switched teams in the LNB Pro A and signed with Nanterre 92.[13] On 5 February 2019, he helped Nanterre to the Round of 16 in the 2018–19 Basketball Champions League after scoring 12 points in a 74-62 victory against Hapoel Holon.[14] On 12 March 2019, he scored 11 points in Nanterre's 62-60 victory against Beşiktaş in the Round of 16 in the Champions League.[15]

In July 2019, Haukur signed with Unics Kazan.[16]

National team career[edit]

Haukur played his first game with the Icelandic national team in 2011.[17] He participated with the team at EuroBasket 2015[18] and EuroBasket 2017.[13]


  1. ^ Lawlor, Christopher (2010-01-28). "Palsson finds his role at Montverde". ESPN. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  2. ^ a b c Jónsson, Óskar Ófeigur (2015-10-28). "Haukur Helgi skrifaði undir hjá Njarðvík". Vísir. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  3. ^ "Tölfræði - Fjölnir - 2006-2007". kki.is (in Icelandic). Icelandic Basketball Federation. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Tölfræði - Fjölnir - 2007-2008". kki.is (in Icelandic). Icelandic Basketball Federation. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Stórlið sýna Hauki áhuga". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 20 December 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  6. ^ Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (3 May 2009). "Marvin og Bárður valdir bestir í 1. deild karla". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Haukur Pálsson til Maryland". karfan.is (in Icelandic). 8 March 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  8. ^ 2015-2016 Úrvalsdeild
  9. ^ Ólafsson, Jón Björn (2016-03-31). "Njarðvík áfram eftir einn allra besta leik tímabilsins". Karfan.is. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  10. ^ Ólafsson, Hjörvar (2016-04-15). "KR í úrslit þriðja árið í röð". Mbl.is. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  11. ^ Jónsson, Óskar Ófeigur (2016-05-06). "Helena og Haukur Helgi valin bestu leikmenn tímabilsins". Vísir. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  12. ^ "Haukur Helgi í frönsku A-deildina". mbl.is. 2017-06-04. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  13. ^ a b Ingvi Þór Sæmundsson (18 July 2018). "Haukur Helgi skiptir um lið í Frakklandi". Fréttablaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  14. ^ Anton Ingi Leifsson (5 February 2019). "Haukur og félagar í 16-liða úrslit Meistaradeildarinnar". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  15. ^ Anton Ingi Leifsson skrifar (12 March 2019). "Haukur Helgi í átta liða úrslit Meistaradeildarinnar". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  16. ^ Sigurður Orri Kristjánsson (4 July 2019). "Haukur Helgi til Unics Kazan". Karfan.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  17. ^ "A Landslið". kki.is (in Icelandic). Icelandic Basketball Federation. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Profile". eurobasket2015.org. Archived from the original on 13 October 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015.

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