Malik Hairston

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Malik Hairston
Malik Samory Hairston.JPG
Hairston with Galatasaray.
No. 0 – Hapoel Jerusalem
Position Small forward
League Israeli Premier League
EuroCup
Personal information
Born (1987-02-23) February 23, 1987 (age 30)
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
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008 Austin Toros
20082010 San Antonio Spurs
2010 Austin Toros
2010–2011 Montepaschi Siena
2011–2013 Olimpia Milano
2013–2014 Galatasaray
2015–2016 AEK Athens
2017–present Hapoel Jerusalem
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Malik Samory Hairston (born February 23, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Premier League. A shooting guard-small forward from the University of Oregon's Ducks, he was chosen in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, who then traded him to the San Antonio Spurs. Hairston has also played with the San Antonio Spurs, the Austin Toros (the Spurs' D-League affiliate),[1] Montepaschi Siena and Olimpia Milano of the Italian League, and Galatasaray of the Turkish League. He was born in Detroit, Michigan.

High school career[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.

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Hairston was listed as the No. 1 shooting guard and the No. 7 player in the nation in 2004.[2]

College career[edit]

Hairston was an important asset for the Ducks from the moment he stepped on the floor as a freshman. Hairston and his 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,[3] and matched that in an 84–74 win over the Jerryd Bayless-less Arizona Wildcats on January 5, 2008.[4] 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,[5] and in an 88–54 win over Idaho State on December 17, 2006.[6] 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.[7]

Professional career[edit]

San Antonio Spurs[edit]

Hairston 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). He 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,[8] but was re-signed by the Spurs on December 22.[1][9][10] 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.[11] Shortly after his debut for Montepaschi, he would miss three weeks after undergoing surgery for a hernia.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] But as consolation, Montepaschi would compete in the third place match against Real Madrid, the team that finished above them in the round of sixteen, and win it 82-60.[17] After a successful first season in Italy and the Euroleague Malik Hairston would leave the team to sign with Olimpia Milano.[18]

Olimpia Milano[edit]

On July 25, 2011, Hairston officially signed a contract with Olimpia Milano.[19] 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.[20][21] In his second season with Olimpia, he averaged 11.4 points per game in the Euroleague. However, in July 2013, the president of the team confirmed in a press conference that Hairston was free to leave the team.[22][23]

Galatasaray[edit]

In November 2013, Hairston signed with Galatasaray until the end of the season.[24]

AEK Athens[edit]

On January 15, 2015, Hairston signed with AEK Athens of the Greek Basket League.[25] On July 10, 2015, he extended his contract with AEK Athens for another two years.[26] On August 31, 2016, Hairston's contract was officially terminated by AEK, due to failing to pass the medical examinations before the 2016–17 campaign.[27]

Hapoel Jerusalem[edit]

On January 2, 2017, Hairston signed with Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem for the rest of the season.[28]

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: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

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

Domestic Leagues[edit]

Regular Season[edit]

Note: Only games in the primary domestic competitions are included. Therefore, games in cup or European competitions are left out.

Year Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Greece AEK GBL 13 29.4 .530 .428 .700 3.7 2.5 0.6 0.6 14.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Spurs Recall Malik Hairston
  2. ^ Malik Hairston Recruiting Profile
  3. ^ Hairston's career-high 29 points power Oregon
  4. ^ Oregon takes advantage as Arizona plays without top scorer Bayless
  5. ^ Stanford 58, Oregon 56 – Box score – February 26, 2005
  6. ^ Oregon continues hot shooting, making 53 percent of shots
  7. ^ Rhodes' 34 help Mississippi State rally from 13-point hole
  8. ^ Spurs Waive Malik Hairston
  9. ^ Spurs Sign Malik Hairston
  10. ^ San Antonio Spurs sign former Duck Malik Hairston
  11. ^ Montepaschi signs Malik Hairston
  12. ^ Hairston Out Three Weeks
  13. ^ Malik Hairston Gets 18 in Win for Siena
  14. ^ Malik Hairston Awarded Sportingbet MVP Award For Dominant Game 2
  15. ^ Hairston Game 4 MVP
  16. ^ Panathinaikos Advance to Finals
  17. ^ 3rd Place Belongs to Montepaschi Siena
  18. ^ Emporio Armani inks Hairston at forward
  19. ^ "Olimpia EA7 - Emporio Armani Milano announces Malik Hairston". Sportadno. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "CSKA Moscow pursuing Malik Hairston". Sportando. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "Olimpia Milano officially re-signs Malik Hairston". Sportando. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Olimpia Milano: via Hairston, arriva Jackson?". datasport.it (in Italian). Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "Malik Hairston will leave Olimpia Milano". Sportando. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "Galatasaray announced Malik Hairston". Sportando.net. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  25. ^ AEK Athens lands Malik Hairston
  26. ^ AEK Athens extend Hairston, tabs Paulos.
  27. ^ AEK Athens terminated Malik Hairston's contract
  28. ^ "Hapoel Jerusalem inks Malik Hairston". Sportando.com. January 2, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 

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