Ask any true NBA fan who Elgin Baylor is, and they’ll tell you he was one of the greatest players to ever don an NBA jersey.
However, if you ask a more casual basketball fan, especially a younger one, there’s unfortunately a good chance they might not know much about him aside from his name.
Baylor played for the Lakers throughout the 1960's - an era in the NBA best characterized by Bill Russell and the Celtics’ domination of the league. During that decade, Baylor was exceptional to say the least. He averaged 27.4 points and 13.4 rebounds per game over the course of his career, including three seasons where he averaged over 30 points a game.
Baylor scored an NBA Finals record 61 points against the Celtics in Game 5 of the 1961 NBA Finals, and also scored at least 30 points in each of the seven games in that series, which is also an unbroken NBA record. In addition, he was an 11-time All-Star and was one of the game's first high-flying, above-the-rim leapers.