Samuel Peterson “P. J.” Hairston, Jr. (born December 24, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball at the University of North Carolina. He finished his sophomore season in 2013 and was eligible for the 2014 NBA draft.
On June 26, 2014, Hairston was selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Miami Heat on behalf of the Charlotte Hornets. In doing so, Hairston became the first NBA D-League player to be drafted in the first round of an NBA draft. On August 22, he signed with the Hornets after averaging an impressive 18.3 points in seven Summer League games. On December 22, Hairston recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to help the Hornets defeat the Denver Nuggets, 110–82. On February 10, 2015, he scored a season-high 16 points in a loss to the Detroit Pistons.
On June 30, 2015, Hairston re-joined the Hornets for the 2015 NBA Summer League. On January 23, 2016, he scored a then career-high 20 points and tied a career-high with 10 rebounds in a 97–84 win over the New York Knicks.
On February 16, 2016, the Hornets traded Hairston to the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-way deal also involving the Miami Heat. He made an impression early for the Grizzlies, earning the starting shooting guard role and subsequently scoring 17 points on February 24 against the Los Angeles Lakers in just his third game for the team. He went on to score a career-high 21 points on February 26, helping the Grizzlies defeat the Lakers for the second time in three days.
Career highlights and awards
NBA D-League All-Rookie Second Team (2014)
McDonald’s All-American (2011)
Third-team Parade All-American (2011)