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The Minneapolis Lakers used the No. 1 overall pick in the 1958 NBA Draft to select Elgin Baylor, then convinced him to skip his senior year at SU and instead join the pro ranks. The Lakers, several years removed from the glory days of George Mikan, were in trouble on the court and at the gate. The year prior to Baylor's arrival the Lakers finished 19-53 with a team that was slow, bulky and aging. Baylor, whom the Lakers signed to play for $20,000 per year (a great amount of money at the time), was the franchise's last shot at survival.

NBA highlights

  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1959)
  • All-NBA First Team 10 times (1959-65, 67-69)
  • Eleven-time NBA All-Star (1959-65, 1967-70)
  • NBA All-Star Game Co-MVP (1959)
  • Holds NBA Finals single-game record for most points (61) on April 24, 1962 against the Boston Celtics
  • Scored 71 points (8th best in history) against the New York Knicks (Nov. 15, 1960)
  • Scored 23,149 points in only 846 games (27.4 points per game, third best all-time) and averaged 30 points or more three times (1961-63)
  • Retired as NBA's third all-time leading scorer
  • Retired as fifth leading scorer in All-Star Game history (19.8 points per game)
  • Ranked sixth in NBA Finals all-time scoring (26.4 in 44 games)
  • Ranked seventh in NBA playoffs all-time scoring (27.0 in 134 games)
  • NBA 35th Anniversary Team (1980)
  • NBA 50th Anniversary Teams (1996)
  • NBA Executive of the Year (2006)




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Elgin Baylor


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