Elgin Baylor (1958-1959)
The Lakers had the NBA’s worst record in 1957-58 at 19-53 and selected Baylor with the No. 1 overall pick in that spring’s draft. Baylor made the Lakers better in a hurry, averaging 24.9 points, 15 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 40.8 minutes per game. In addition to winning Rookie of the Year, Baylor was third in the MVP voting. Baylor was a first-ballot Hall of Famer in 1977 and later went on to coach the New Orleans Jazz and serve as general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers for 22 years.