Elgin Baylor was drafted number one overall by the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1958 NBA Draft and the team was never the same again. Baylor changed the Lakers from the day he joined the team, and he was an assassin on the court. He once scored 71 point in a game, a record that stood in Lakers’ history until 2006 when Kobe Bryant scored 81.
Although Baylor never won a NBA title, his influence on the franchise is indescribable. In his 14-year basketball career, Baylor averaged 27.4 ppg, 4.3 apg, and 13.5 rpg.
There are very few players who have put up number similar to those of Elgin Baylor. Baylor was a dominant player in the regular season, but he couldn’t find a win to lead the Lakers to a championship. Perhaps the sole reason why Baylor will never enter the conversation of the best Laker ever, is the fact that he does not have a championship ring.
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