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On April 6, 2018 the Los Angeles Lakers unveiled the statue to commemorate one of the greatest player to ever wear the purple and gold uniform to never win a ring, Elgin Baylor. Baylor's statue becomes the fourth former Laker player and fifth from the franchise.
Baylor was drafted in 1958 by the Minneapolis Lakers and made a name for himself for his ability to jump and score. Baylor averaged 27 points and 13 rebounds in his 14 seasons with the Lakers.During the playoffs Baylor continued to average 27 points and 13 boards and played in eight NBA finals.
For those who believe that Elgin Baylor does not deserve a statue at Staples Center, they do not know Baylor and his accomplishments. He was the organization's second star player after George Mikan and embraced Jerry West when he joined the organization as a rookie. Baylor is considered one of the fathers of the modern game of basketball.
An interesting fact about Baylor during the 1961-62 season he was a member of army reserve but called into active duty. He only played 48 games that season and averaged 38 points. He also help led the Lakers to an NBA finals, and he scored 61 points in game 5.
Congratulations to Elgin Baylor for his statue. It is well deserved for a player who is a true Lakers great, he retired after returning from a knee injury in the year the team would win their first title in Los Angeles. Though many young Laker fans may not know him, his statue will open his legacy to the new generation of Laker fans.
Congrats Elgin Baylor, you are one of the greatest player to wear the Lakers jersey in Minneapolis and Los Angeles.