8th best player of all-time:
Elgin Baylor, SF
Some players can score very well. Some players are solid passers. Some players are great rebounders. However, few players have all of these qualities. One of those who do is Elgin Baylor.
Many will argue that Baylor had the greatest all around game ever in NBA history, and I am one of those who might agree. There was not much Baylor couldn't do. As stated earlier, he was a great shooter, a monster on the boards, and an accomplished passer. Also, his strength and speed were hard to match.
Many will argue that Baylor is not good enough to be on this list, and that he is too high, but if you think about it, I think Baylor is a good pick for this spot on the list. Here are some of his accomplishments:
- 11x NBA All-Star (1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970)
- 1959 NBA Rookie of the Year
- 1959 NBA All-Star Game MVP
- NBA 35th Anniversary Team
- NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
Although his list of awards may not be as dazzling as other's, his play on the court did dazzle the onlookers, and dazzled them in a way that the NBA had not experienced before. His trademark jump shot is one of those shots that will not be forgotten by those who watched him play.
I believe Elgin Baylor was a great player, and as much as credit as he got, he was still slightly underrated. The reason I had to include him was there is just not much he cannot do. And a solid all-around player such as Baylor must get some credit, right?
8. Elgin Baylor
9. Tim Duncan
10. Hakeem Olajuwon