Probably the greatest player to never win a championship, Elgin Baylor recently celebrated his 80th birthday. The NBA composed a warm tribute to the man responsible for ushering in the modern style of basketball that you watch today.
From hang time pump fakes to reverse lay-ups, spin moves and between the legs dribbling, all are moves born in the mind and play of Elgin Baylor.
Over the course of his Lakers career, Baylor went to the Finals eight times but was never able to win it all. After all, this was the Golden Era of the Boston Celtics.
He did, however, notch a Finals record that has held for over 50 years.
In Game 5 of the 1962 Finals, against the Celtics, Baylor scored 61 points with 22 rebounds. What makes this feat even more impressive is that the game took place long before the introduction of the shot clock.
Celtics legend Bob Cousy called Elgin Baylor the first player that could not be stopped.
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