Lakers’ legend Elgin Baylor gets well-deserved statue outside Staples Center

Associated Press

There may be few more underappreciated superstars than Elgin Baylor.

The Hall of Famer was playing above the rim long before Dr. J made that trendy. He averaged 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds a game, was a 10-time All-NBA player, and was the guy a generation of players — such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant — built their attacking, high-flying game upon.

Friday night, Baylor became the latest legend to get a statue outside the home of the Lakers, Staples Center (joining Jerry West, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, and broadcaster Chick Hearn).

Listen to some NBA and Laker legends congratulate Elgin Baylor.

Check out some Baylor highlights, and if you have the time (45 minutes or so) the entire statue unveiling is below.