Malik Hairston

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Malik Hairston
Malik Samory Hairston.JPG
Hairston in 2013.
No. 8 – Galatasaray Liv Hospital
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueTurkish Basketball League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born(1987-02-23) February 23, 1987 (age 26)
Detroit, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolRenaissance (Detroit, Michigan)
CollegeOregon (2004–2008)
NBA draft2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro playing career2008–present
Career history
2008–2009Austin Toros
2009–2010San Antonio Spurs
2010Austin Toros
2010–2011Montepaschi Siena
2011–2013Emporio Armani Milano
2013–presentGalatasaray Liv Hospital
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Malik Hairston
Malik Samory Hairston.JPG
Hairston in 2013.
No. 8 – Galatasaray Liv Hospital
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueTurkish Basketball League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born(1987-02-23) February 23, 1987 (age 26)
Detroit, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolRenaissance (Detroit, Michigan)
CollegeOregon (2004–2008)
NBA draft2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro playing career2008–present
Career history
2008–2009Austin Toros
2009–2010San Antonio Spurs
2010Austin Toros
2010–2011Montepaschi Siena
2011–2013Emporio Armani Milano
2013–presentGalatasaray Liv Hospital
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Malik Samory Hairston (born February 23, 1987) is an American basketball player 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 and former Fordham point guard Marcus Stout. 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]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GPGames 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

NBA[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2008–09San Antonio15010.3.490.000.2861.9.9.4.53.3
2009–10San Antonio4706.7.526.182.5671.0.3.1.22.1
Career6207.6.512.167.5141.2.5.2.32.4

Euroleague[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPGPIR
2010-11Montepaschi16818.4.544.368.7183.21.01.0.38.67.4
2011-12Emporio Armani12424.2.538.480.7633.11.5.1.413.912.2
2012–13Emporio Armani101030.0.438.500.6802.21.8.7.311.47.5
Career382223.5.480.457.7252.91.4.5.311.08.9

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