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Malik Hairston

Feb. 23, 1987

(age 27)by: COURTESY OF ERIC EVANS - MALIK HAIRSTON

A guard-forward at the University of Oregon from 2004-08, Hairston was born on this day in 1987 in Detroit.

At 6-6, 220 pounds, he helped the Ducks to the Elite Eight in 2007.

Hairson has played overseas professionally for several years, most recently with Galatasaray Liv Hospital in the Turkish Basketball League. He is averaging about 8 points and 3 rebounds per game for the club this season.

The Phoenix Suns drafted him in 2008 (second round, 48th overall), then traded him to the San Antonio Spurs, for whom he played a total of 62 games from 2008-10.