April 22, 1958...and with the first pick of the 1958 NBA Draft, the Minneapolis Lakers select, Elgin Baylor, of Seattle University. Baylor would go on to average 25 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists in his rookie season.
Elgin Baylor | He played 13 seasons as a forward in the NBA for the Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers, appearing in eight NBA Finals. Baylor was a gifted shooter, strong rebounder, and an accomplished passer. Renowned for his acrobatic maneuvers on the court, Baylor regularly dazzled Lakers fans with his trademark hanging jump shots. The No. 1 draft pick in 1958, NBA Rookie of the Year in 1959, and an 11-time NBA All-Star, he is regarded as one of the game's all-time greatest players.