NEW YORK, Jan. 14, 2010 – San Antonio Spurs forward Malik Hairston was reassigned to the Austin Toros, the Spurs NBA D-League affiliate, it was announced today. The reassignment is the 14th of the 2009-10 NBA D-League season, and the fourth for Hairston from the Spurs to the Toros in two years.
Hairston was originally assigned to Austin on Dec. 4, 2009 before being recalled to San Antonio on Dec. 6. During that assignment, he averaged 25.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 35.0 minutes in two games.
Hairston has appeared in 21 games for the Spurs this season, scoring eight points in 155 minutes of action. During his two-year NBA career, Hairston has appeared in 36 games for the Spurs, and owns career averages of 1.7 points, 1.1 rebounds and 6.3 minutes.
Originally selected in the second round (48th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, Hairston was traded to San Antonio, where he spent 2008 training camp before being waived by the Spurs on Oct. 26 and joining the Toros. He then earned a GATORADE Call-Up from the Toros to the Spurs on Dec. 22, 2008 and was twice assigned back to the Toros.
In 30 total games for the Toros last season, Hairston averaged 22.9 points, good for third-best in the NBA D-League, to go with 5.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 41.3 minutes. He scored an individual career-high 43 points against the Colorado 14ers on Jan. 11, and earned NBA D-League Honorable Mention honors along with NBA D-League Performer of the Week honors for games played during the Week of Dec. 15, 2008.
A four-year starter at Oregon, Hairston finished his NCAA career averaging 14.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists, while earning Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 during his sophomore and senior seasons.
Spurs fans can stay in step with Hairston, who is expected to join the Toros this afternoon in Tulsa and be available for tonight’s game against the 66ers, by logging on to nba.com/dleague to watch all of the Toros games live, online, for free.