Malik Hairston

Malik Hairston
Malik Hairston
Hairston in 2009.
Hairston in 2009.
Position Shooting guard
small forward
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg)
League Italian Serie A
Team Emporio Armani
Born February 23, 1987 (1987-02-23) (age 24)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
High school Renaissance
College Oregon
Draft 2nd round, 48rd overall, 2008
Phoenix Suns
Pro career 2008–present
Career history Austin Toros (2008–09, 2010)
San Antonio Spurs (2009)
Montepaschi Siena (2010–11)

Malik Samory Hairston (born February 23, 1987) is an American basketball player, chosen in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, who then traded his rights to the San Antonio Spurs. He previously played for the University of Oregon. During his professional career, Hairston has played for the San Antonio Spurs and the Austin Toros, the Spurs' D-League affiliate.[1] He was born in Detroit, Michigan. He is currently playing for Italian and Euroleague club Emporio Armani.


High school

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.


Hairston was an important asset for the Ducks from the moment he stepped on the floor as a freshman. Hairston (along with fellow 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

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] Hairston was later released by the Spurs in late July 2010.

In September 2010 he signed with the Italian team Montepaschi Siena.[10] In July 2011 he moved to Emporio Armani[11]

Awards and accomplishments

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

NBA career statistics

  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  Bold  Career high

Regular season

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



  1. ^ a b Spurs Recall Malik Hairston
  2. ^ Hairston's career-high 29 points power Oregon
  3. ^ Oregon takes advantage as Arizona plays without top scorer Bayless
  4. ^ Stanford 58, Oregon 56 – Box score – February 26, 2005
  5. ^ Oregon continues hot shooting, making 53 percent of shots
  6. ^ Rhodes' 34 help Mississippi State rally from 13-point hole
  7. ^ Spurs Waive Malik Hairston
  8. ^ Spurs Sign Malik Hairston
  9. ^ San Antonio Spurs sign former Duck Malik Hairston
  10. ^ Montepaschi Siena signs Malik Hairston to a new contract
  11. ^ Emporio Armani inks Hairston at forward

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