“Elgin Baylor, a legendary NBA star for the Los Angeles Lakers and a long-time general manager for the Los Angeles Clippers, has died, the Lakers announced Monday. He was 86.
The team said Baylor passed away peacefully of natural causes surrounded by his wife Elaine and his daughter Krystal in Los Angeles.
Baylor was the first overall pick of the 1958 draft and won Rookie of the Year in 1959, going on to be named to 11 NBA All-Star teams and being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977 as one of the game’s all-time great players. Baylor was known for his acrobatic play style and hanging jump shots that would transform the game, and he led his teams to eight different NBA finals.”
The NBPA made a statement and condolences and celebrations of Baylor’s incredible life poured in on social media.