On Monday, March 22nd, 2021 the former Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar small forward as well as the ex-Los Angeles Clippers general manager, Elgin Baylor, passed away at the age of 86 years old. He apparently died peacefully of natural causes, and he was surrounded by his lovely wife Elaine and his daughter Krystal.
His wife Elaine had this to say in a recently released statement, “Elgin was the love of my life and my best friend. And like everyone else, I was in awe of his immense courage, dignity and the time he gave to all fans. At this time we ask that I and our family be allowed to mourn his passing in privacy.”
Baylor was born and raised in Washington D. C., and he attended Phelps Vocational High School located in the northeast quadrant of the District of Columbia, United States of America. Elgin began playing basketball at the age of 14, but he quickly took to the game as he excelled at basketball immediately. He initially enrolled at the College of Idaho, but after only one season there he transferred to Seattle University.
Professional Basketball Career
Eventually Baylor was selected by the Minneapolis Lakers with the number 1 overall pick in the first round of the 1958 NBA draft. Elgin made an instantaneous impact in the National Basketball Association as he was voted as the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 1959. Throughout his time with the Minneapolis Lakers who soon moved the Lakers franchise to Los Angeles in 1960, Baylor was an outstanding scorer as well as rebounder at his position of small forward.
He is currently one of only four players in the history of the National Basketball Association to finish his career with averaging at least 25 points per game as well as averaging at least 10 rebounds per game. When Elgin ultimately ended his illustrious NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers following the 1971-1972 NBA season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, he had racked up some serious statistics. Baylor posted 23,149 points, 11,463 rounds, and 3,650 assists during the 846 games that Elgin played in with the National Basketball Association.
Although Baylor never won an NBA championship during the course of his 14-year long career playing small forward in the National Basketball Association, he was able to manage leading the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers franchise to 8 NBA Finals appearances.
Time as an NBA Coach and Executive
During the 1974-1975 season of the National Basketball Association Elgin Baylor was hired as an assistant coach for the New Orleans Jazz, and he held this role for the Jazz until 1976. At one point Baylor was the interim head coach of the New Orleans Jazz in 1974. Eventually Elgin was named the New Orleans Jazz official head coach from 1976 to 1979, but he retired from coaching following the 1978-1979 NBA season after posting an overall record of 86 wins and 135 loses.
In 1986 Baylor was hired as the vice president of basketball operations/general manager by the Los Angeles Clippers. Elgin held that position with in the Los Angeles Clippers organization for a total of 22 years before finally resigning from the Los Angeles Clippers executive position in October of 2008. Baylor was named the NBA Executive of the Year in 2006 for helping the Los Angeles Clippers put together a team that was able to win their first NBA playoff series since 1976, when the franchise was located in Buffalo, New York, and their team was named the Buffalo Braves. Elgin Baylor was an outstanding basketball player, front office executive, and person who will be greatly missed by so many people around the world.
Elgin Baylor’s Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards
- 11 Time NBA All – Star (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970)
- NBA All – Star Game MVP (1959)
- 10 Time All – NBA First Team (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969)
- NBA Rookie of the Year (1959)
- NBA 35th Anniversary Team
- NBA 50th Anniversary All – Time Team
- Number 22 Retired by the Los Angeles Lakers
- NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1958)
- Helms Foundation Player of the Year (1958)
- Consensus First – Team All – American (1958)
- Consensus Second – Team All – American (1957)
- NCAA Season Rebounds Leader (1957)
- Number 22 Retired by the Seattle Redhawks
- NBA Executive of the Year (2006)
Odds to Win the 2020-2021 NBA Championship
According to Intertops sportsbook these are the odds as of Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 to win the 2020 – 2021 NBA championship outright.
Los Angeles Lakers +275
Brooklyn Nets +275
Los Angeles Clippers +500
Milwaukee Bucks +700
Utah Jazz +800
Philadelphia 76ers +1200
Denver Nuggets +2500
Phoenix Suns +2800
Miami Heat +3300
Boston Celtics +3500
Dallas Mavericks +4000
Toronto Raptors +5000
Portland Trail Blazers +6000
Golden State Warriors +6600
Indiana Pacers +6600
New Orleans Pelicans +10000
Atlanta Hawks +10000
San Antonio Spurs +10000
Memphis Grizzlies +15000
Washington Wizards +15000
New York Knicks +15000
Charlotte Hornets +20000
Oklahoma City Thunder +25000
Chicago Bulls +25000
Orlando Magic +30000
Sacramento Kings +30000
Cleveland Cavaliers +30000
Houston Rockets +50000
Minnesota Timberwolves +100000
Detroit Pistons +100000