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Baylor playing for the Lakers.
|Born||September 16, 1934|
|Died||March 22, 2021 (aged 86)|
Los Angeles, California
|Listed height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight:||225 lbs (102 kg)|
|College||College of Idaho (1954–1955)|
|NBA Draft||1958 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st|
|Selected by the Minneapolis Lakers|
|Playing career||1958–1971 (13 years)|
|Position||Small Forward - Power Forward|
|Best record||39–43 (1977–78)|
|Coaching career||1974–1979 (5 years)|
|1958–1971||Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers|
|New Orleans Jazz|
|1986–2008||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
Elgin Gay Baylor (September 16, 1934 – March 22, 2021) was an American former professional basketball player, coach, and executive. He played 14 seasons as a forward in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers, appearing in eight NBA Finals.
Baylor was a gifted shooter, strong rebounder, and an accomplished passer. Renowned for his acrobatic maneuvers on the court, Baylor regularly dazzled Lakers fans with his trademark hanging jump shots. The No. 1 draft pick in 1958, NBA Rookie of the Year in 1959, 11-time NBA All-Star, and a 10-time member of the All-NBA first team, he is regarded as one of the game's all-time greatest players. In 1977, Baylor was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Baylor spent 22 years as general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers. He won the NBA Executive of the Year Award in 2006 before being relieved of his duties shortly before the 2008–09 season began.
His popularity led to appearances on the television series Rowan and Martin's Laugh In in 1968, the Jackson Five's first TV special in 1971 and a Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode, "Olympiad".
Baylor died on March 22, 2021, at age 86 of natural causes. He is survived by his wife Elaine, his son, Alan, and daughter, Alison.
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