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Elgin Baylor
Elgin Baylor Lakers.jpg
Baylor playing for the Lakers.
Personal information
Born September 16, 1934
Washington, D.C.
Died March 22, 2021 (aged 86)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality Flag of the United States.png American
Physical stats
Listed height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight: 225 lbs (102 kg)
Career information
High school Phelps/Spingarn
(Washington, D.C.)
College College of Idaho (1954–1955)
Seattle (1956–1958)
NBA Draft 1958 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st
Selected by the Minneapolis Lakers
Playing career 1958–1971 (13 years)
Position Small Forward - Power Forward
League NBA
Jersey no. 22
Coaching career
Best record 39–43 (1977–78)
Coaching career 1974–1979 (5 years)
Career history

As player:

19581971 Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers

As coach:

New Orleans Jazz

As executive:

1986–2008 Los Angeles Clippers
(General Manager)
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As executive:

Elgin Gay Baylor (September 16, 1934 – March 22, 2021) was an American 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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