1. Elgin Baylor
Despite playing in eight NBA Finals — Lakers forward Elgin Baylor never won a championship — thanks to the Celtics Dynasty, led by big man Bill Russell. While he failed to win a title, Baylor is still recognized as one of the best players in NBA history. The Lakers selected him with the #1 pick in the 1958 NBA Draft, and Baylor was dominant from day one in the league, posting monster stats (24.9 ppg & 15 rpg) on his way to winning ROY in a landslide.
During his 14 seasons in the NBA, Baylor made 11 All-Star appearances, and posted career averages of 27.4 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. Unfortunately, chronic knee problems forced Baylor to retire at the beginning of the 1971-1972 season, and the timing couldn’t have been worse. The very next game after Baylor retired, the Lakers went on a record setting 33-game win streak, and finished the season with a victory in the finals against the New York Knicks.