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Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, D.C.) is an American former basketball forward. He played 13 seasons for the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers and Los Angeles Lakers. September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years). ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: the District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location Location of Washington, D.C., with regard to the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 For other uses, see Basketball (disambiguation). ... NBA logo, depicting former star Jerry West Location of NBA teams, conferences and divisions NBA redirects here. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California. ...

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Early life

Elgin Baylor was born in 1934 in Washington, D.C., and was named for his father's favorite watch. A sports star at Spingarn High School, he didn't perform well academically and even dropped out for a while to work in a furniture store and to play basketball in the local recreational leagues.


College career

An inadequate scholastic record kept him out of college until a friend arranged a scholarship at the College of Idaho, where he was expected to play basketball and football. After one season, the school dismissed the head basketball coach and restricted the scholarships. Seattle car dealer Ralph Monroe interested Baylor in Seattle University, and Baylor sat out a year to play for an amateur team while establishing eligibility at Seattle. Seattle University is a private, co-educational Roman Catholic university in the United States. ...


Baylor led the SU Chieftains to the NCAA championship game in 1958 (where they lost to the Kentucky Wildcats). Following his junior season, Baylor joined the Minneapolis Lakers for the 1958-59 season and moved with them to Los Angeles in 1960. NCAA Basketball logo The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 college basketball teams in the United States. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Kentucky (also as UK or simply Kentucky) is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The 1958-59 NBA Season was the 13th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Nickname City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Government Country State County United States California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area  - City    - Land    - Water  - Urban 1,290. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ...


In his three collegiate seasons, one at Idaho and two at Seattle, Baylor averaged 31.3 points per game.


NBA career

Player

The Minneapolis Lakers used the No. 1 overall pick in the 1958 NBA Draft to select 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. The National Basketball Association draft is an annual U.S. event in which the National Basketball Associations (NBA) thirty teams can select young players who wish to join the league. ...


"If he had turned me down then, I would have been out of business", Minneapolis Lakers owner Bob Short told the Los Angeles Times in 1971. "The club would have gone bankrupt." Baylor was seen as the kind of player who could save a franchise. And he did.


As a rookie in 1958-59, Baylor finished fourth in the league in scoring (24.9 points per game), third in rebounding (15.0 rebounds per game), and eighth in assists (4.1 assists per game). He registered 55 points in a single game, the third-highest mark in league history behind Joe Fulks's 63 and Mikan's 61. Baylor won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and led the Lakers, from last place the previous year, to the NBA finals, where they lost to the Boston Celtics on April 9, 1959, in the first four game sweep in finals history. Thus began the greatest rivalry in the history of the NBA finals between the Celtics and the Lakers. During his career, he helped lead the Lakers to the NBA Finals eight times (although never winning). The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-1953 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ...


From the 1960-61 to the 1962-63 seasons, Baylor averaged 34.8, 38.3 and 34.0 points per game, respectively. His 38.3 point per game season average is the highest for any player other than Wilt Chamberlain. Baylor, a United States Army Reservist, was called to active duty during that season, and being stationed in Washington state, he could play for the Lakers only when on a weekend pass. However, despite playing only 48 games on the season, he still managed to score over 1,800 points. The 1960-61 NBA Season was the 15th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1962-63 NBA Season was the 17th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Wilt Chamberlain featured on his biography, Wilt: Larger Than Life. ... The United States Army Reserve is the federal reserve force of the United States Army. ... ActiveDuty. ... Official language(s) None Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq. ... A pass is permission to be away from ones military unit for a limited period of time. ...


The 71 points Baylor scored on November 15, 1960 was a record at the time. The 61 points he scored in game 5 of the NBA Finals in 1962 is still an NBA Finals record. An underrated rebounder, Baylor averaged 13.5 rebounds per game during his career, including a remarkable 19.8 rebounds per game during the 1960-61 season — a season average exceeded by only five other players in NBA history. Baylor was a 10-time All-NBA First Team selection and went to the NBA All-Star Game 11 times. The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ...


Baylor began to be hampered with knee problems during the 1963-64 season. The problems culminated in a severe knee injury, suffered during the 1965 Western Division playoffs. Baylor, while still a very powerful force, was never quite the same , never again averaging above 30 points per game. During Baylor's career, the Lakers were a consistently powerful team, but were continuously overshadowed by the Boston Celtics. 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


Baylor finally retired nine games into the 1971-72 season because of his nagging knee problems. His retirement resulted in two great ironies. First, the Lakers' next game after his retirement was the first of an NBA record of 33 consecutive wins. Second, the Lakers went on to win the NBA Championship that season, something that Baylor never achieved. He finished his career with 23,149 points, 3,650 assists and 11,463 rebounds over 846 games. The 1971-72 NBA Season was the 26th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


Baylor was the last of the great undersized forwards, in a league where many guards are now that size or bigger. Baylor's signature shot was a running bank shot, which he was able to release quickly and effectively over taller players.


In 1977, Baylor was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame and in 1980 he was named to the NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team and again in 1996, he was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


Coach and Executive

In 1974, Baylor was hired to be an assistant coach and later the head coach for the New Orleans Jazz, but had a lackluster 86-135 record and retired following the 1978-79 season. In 1986, Baylor was hired by the Los Angeles Clippers as the team's vice president of basketball operations, where he still is today. In 2006, Baylor was selected as the NBA Executive of the Year. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... Dixieland music is a style of jazz. ... The 1978-79 NBA Season was the 33rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Los Angeles Clippers are a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Trivia

Baylor ranked #11 on SLAM Magazine's Top 75 NBA Players of all time in 2003. The first issue of SLAM, featuring cover athlete Larry Johnson. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Since Seattle University lost the NCAA Championship Game with him and has never returned to the Final Four (since they dropped from Division I), the Lakers moved out of Minneapolis after drafting him and never won an NBA Championship in Los Angeles until the season he retired, the Jazz moved out of New Orleans after he coached them, and the Clippers have become synonymous with NBA futility while he has been their general manager, it has been suggested that a Curse of Elgin Baylor exists. However, in 2006 he won the NBA Executive of the Year leading the Clippers to the playoffs. The Curse of Elgin Baylor is a phenomenon that supposedly prevents basketball teams from winning championships. ...


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)

Quotes

  • "He was one of the most spectacular shooters the game has ever known", Baylor's longtime teammate Jerry West told HOOP magazine in 1992. "I hear people talking about forwards today and I haven't seen many that can compare with him."
  • Bill Sharman played against Baylor and coached him in his final years with the Lakers. "I say without reservation that Elgin Baylor is the greatest cornerman who ever played pro basketball", he told the Los Angeles Times at Baylor's retirement in 1971.
  • Tommy Hawkins, Baylor's teammate for six seasons and opponent for four (and later a basketball broadcaster) declared to the San Francisco Examiner that "pound for pound, no one was ever as great as Elgin Baylor." "Elgin certainly didn't jump as high as Michael Jordan", Hawkins told the San Francisco Examiner. "But he had the greatest variety of shots of anyone. He would take it in and hang and shoot from all these angles. Put spin on the ball. Elgin had incredible strength. He could post up Bill Russell. He could pass like Magic [Johnson] and dribble with the best guards in the league."

Jerry West was also a pseudonym used by Andrew E. Svenson. ... Bill Sharman William Walton Bill Sharman (born May 25, 1926 in Abilene, Texas) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ...

See also

List of National Basketball Association players who have scored 60 or more points in a single game. ...

External links

  • Basketball Hall of Fame profile
Preceded by:
Wilt Chamberlain
NCAA Basketball Tournament
Most Outstanding Player
(men's)

1958
Succeeded by:
Jerry West
Preceded by:
Scotty Robertson
New Orleans Jazz Head Coach
1975 (interim)
Succeeded by:
Butch van Breda Kolff
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Butch van Breda Kolff
New Orleans Jazz Head Coach
1976–1979
Succeeded by:
Tom Nissalke
National Basketball Association | NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team

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Elgin Baylor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1244 words)
Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, D.C.) was one of the most graceful and acrobatic forwards to ever play the game of basketball playing 13 seasons for the NBA's Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers.
Baylor began to be hampered with knee problems during the 1963-64 season and, while still a very powerful force, was never quite the same player, never averaging above 30 points per game again.
In 1977, Baylor was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame and in 1980 he was named to the NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team and again in 1996, he was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
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