3. Elgin Baylor
An impressive 11 time NBA All-Star, Elgin Baylor is one of the all time great players in NBA history. In 1958 the Minneapolis Lakers drafted Baylor with the #1 overall pick, coming off one of their worst seasons in history (19-53). Baylor had an immediate impact, winning Rookie of the Year in 1959 while averaging 24.9 PPG, 15 RPG and 4.1 APG. During a time when the Minneapolis Lakers were strapped for cash and success, former owner Bob Short gave credit to Baylor for effectively saving the franchise the year he signed, telling the LA Times; ” “If he had turned me down then, I would have been out of business. The club would have gone bankrupt.” The 71 points Baylor scored during the 1960 season was a record at the time, and no doubt will go down as one of the highest single game point totals ever. Elgin Baylor was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977, while also being named to the NBA’s 35th and 50th anniversary All-Time Teams.
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