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NBA All-Star Profile: Elgin Baylor
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Elgin Baylor was an offensive machine. His ability to glide through the air and create shots pre-dated the likes of Julius Erving and Michael Jordan.
Baylor led Seattle University to the 1958 NCAA finals. Even though Seattle lost to Kentucky, Baylor earned MVP tournament honors.
The Minneapolis Lakers used the first-pick overall in the 1958 draft to select Baylor, who quickly made an impact. Averaging 24 points per game in his rookie year, Baylor ignited a struggling Lakers team.
Baylor had his most memorable game after the Lakers moved to Los Angeles in 1960. In his first season in Los Angeles, Baylor set a then-record for most points in a single game. He torched the New York Knicks for 71 points.
Baylor, who played in 11 NBA All-Star games, scored 23,149 points (27.4 ppg). Due to nagging knee injuries, Baylor retired nine games into the 1971-72 season. Ironically, the Lakers won their first NBA championship that year, an achievement that eluded Baylor during his career. Baylor was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976.
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