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Marcus Deshon Haislip (born December 22 1980 in Lewisburg, Tennesseemarker) is an Americanmarker professional basketball player with the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. Haislip attended Marshall County High School in Lewisburg. He rose to prominence while playing college basketball with the University of Tennessee from 1999 to 2002. After college, he played for several seasons in the NBA. He is listed at 6'10" and .

Professional career

Haislip was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the 13th pick of the 2002 NBA Draft. During his rookie year Haislip was inserted into the starting line-up for the final nine games of the 2002–03 NBA season. He helped the Bucks to an 8–1 record in those games, which helped the Bucks clinch a spot in the playoffs. When the playoffs started he was relegated to the bench. He remained a bench player with the Bucks for his first two seasons until being placed on waivers on November 4, 2004. He was signed by the Indiana Pacers during the 2004–05 season in order to fill the team's gap at power forward, due to the 15-game suspension of Jermaine O'Neal.

He started playing for Ülkerspor in the 2005–06 season. In March 2006, he left the team without authorization and returned to the United States due to "family issues", according to a teammate. He was selected to the TBL (Turkish Basketball League) All-Star Game and also participated in the Slam Dunk contest, which he won. He signed with Turkish Basketball League powerhouse Efes Pilsen in August 2006.

Haislip returned to the U.S. with Pilsen in October 2006, when the team played a pair of exhibition games against NBA teams. Pilsen played the Denver Nuggets in Denver on October 11, and played the Golden State Warriors in Oakland on October 13. Haislip scored 13 points and added 9 rebounds against the Warriors. On July 13, 2007, Haislip signed with the Spanish ACB club Unicaja Málaga.

Haislip was signed by the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA on July 5, 2009.

Awards and achievements

  • Chosen in the 13th position in the 2002 NBA Draft.
  • Pollinica Trophy MVP: 2007.


Notes

  1. NBA.com: Marcus Haislip
  2. Noticia.jsp Efes Pilsen adds Haislip.
  3. ESPN - Turkish power Efes Pilsen no match for Warriors - NBA
  4. Unicaja lands Marcus Haislip - On-Court - Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL
  5. Spurs reach deal with power forward Haislip.


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