Happy 79th Birthday, Elgin Baylor
One of the greatest forwards and players in NBA history. Revolutionized the SF position as an above the rim attacker, while also providing excellent rebounding and passing when on the floor. Career averages of 27.4 ppg, 13.5 rpg and 4.3 apg. All-Star Game MVP in his rookie season, 11 time All-Star and 10 time All-NBA 1st team. Never won the MVP, came very close a few times (inlcuding finishing 4th in 1961-62, when he only played in 48 games, averaging 38.3 ppg and 18.6 rpg while serving his military obligation).
Never won a NBA championship, though he made it to the NBA Finals a whopping 8 times, losing 7 times to the Celtics and once to the Knicks. He played 9 games for the 1971-72 Lakers, a team considered one of the greatest in NBA history, though retired before they won the title that season. He is also known for his time as GM of the Clippers, though we will not go into that for the sake of it being a day of Baylor celebration! The NBA season is coming soon, in the mean time, hope that this look at one of the pioneers and greats of the game quenches a bit of that hunger for NBA basketball.
Baylor was great and is severely underrated in my opinion.
He is a Virgo. His consistency and hard working personality are no surprise.
Happy birthday! The high flyer before Dr. J, Jordan, and all the rest. Baylor actually sounds like the original LeBron James. Was a great player but even better before his knee injury.
I believe it was 1962....my wife and I were in Boston....walked up to the ticket booth at the old Boston Garden and got tickets for that night's game in the finals....Baylor got either 62 or 63 and the Celtics won....he was unbelievable
Over 20 years later I saw Jordan duplicate that in OT in a playoff loss to my Celtics
Whoa how old are you CapeCodder?
First Celtics game in '47....season ticket holder throughout Bird's career
First Celtics game in 1947, that's very cool!
A little off topic but who do you think are the 10 or 12 greatest players of all time in your opinion? You've had the benefit of actually watching guys that I've only read about and seen highlights of. I asked my dad (born in 1949) the same question a few months ago and his top 10 list was way different than my own. Would you put Baylor in your top 10?
No, I would not.....the best 4 from the 50s and 60s were Robertson, West, Russell and Wilt
Then you've got Bird, Magic Jabbar and Jordan from the 80s
Current players Bryant and James
Close and looking in ...J, Pettit, Havlicek, Cousy, D Robinson, Duncan
Not in...Malone and Stockton