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Lakers’ Elgin Baylor passes away at the age of 86

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The Lakers legend Elgin Baylor has passed away due to natural causes according to NBA insider Shams Charania.

Baylor attended the College of Idaho and Seattle during his college career. Baylor became the NCAA rebound leader in 1957. He also won the Helms Foundation Player of the Year and the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 1958. His No.22 jersey is retired for the Seattle Redhawks.

Baylor was selected first overall by the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1958 NBA draft. Baylor went on to play the next 14 seasons with the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers. Baylor was an 11-time NBA All-Star and won NBA All-Star MVP in the 1959 NBA All-Star game. Finishing the 1958-59 NBA season, Baylor ended up winning the Rookie of the Year.

Baylor would team up with other Lakers legends such as Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain. Baylor was also on the All-NBA First Team 10 times.

Along with other Laker legends, Elgin Baylor’s Laker jersey is retired and in the rafters of the Staples Center. Baylor averaged 27 points, 14 rebounds, and four assists per game. After his playing career for the Lakers, Baylor went on to become part of the New Orleans Jazz coaching staff.  He retired from coaching after the 1978-79 season.

Baylor spent 22 years as the vice president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Clippers. In 2006, Baylor won NBA Executive of the Year. Baylor was also inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Long live the legacy of Elgin Baylor.