Elgin Baylor

Born Washington, D.C. in 1934, Elgin, was a 3 time All City player in High School. He played his first 2 years at Phelps Vocational High School in the '51 and '52 basketball seasons where he set his first area scoring record of 44 points vs Cardozo. After two years off from school, Elgin reappeared for the '54 season playing for the newly opened Spingarn High School and was named 1st team All Met and won the SSA's Livingstone Trophy as the Area's Best Basketball player for 1954. He finished with a 36.1 average for his 8 Interhigh Division II league games. On Feb 3, 1954 in a game against his old Phelps team, he scored 31 in the first half. Playing with 4 fouls the entire second half, Baylor scored 32 more points to establish a new DC area record with 63 points.

 

As he transitioned from high school to college, he continued his dominance on the court at Seattle University, where he led the Chieftains to the NCAA championship game in 1958. Throughout his college career, Baylor averaged 31.3 points per game. The Minnesota Lakers used their first round draft pick in the 1958 draft to select Baylor. Baylor’s tremendous ability to score allowed him to lead the Lakers out of last place in the NBA and into the NBA finals. Baylor was voted rookie of the year, averaging 25 points and 15 rebounds per game.

During his illustrious 14-year career, Baylor was 10-time All-NBA First Team selection and 11-time NBA All-Star. Baylor was also elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977. He was named to the NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1980 and the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996. 

Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame

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