Sunday, June 17, 2012

Elgin Baylor

Elgin Baylor played only 48 games of the 1961-62 season, out of 80 team games.  This wasn't a result of any injury, he was an army reservist and called up to active duty midway through the season.  He played the first 42 games, then just a handful of the others when he could get a weekend pass.

With Elgin in the lineup, the Lakers were 37-11, scoring 120.6 and allowing 116.  Without him they were 17-15, and were outscored 115.4 to 116.  In both cases they won more games than expected, as they won 54 games despite points/points allowed numbers that would normally add up to 45.

Per 48 minutes, Elgin's estimated impact was 6.7 points.

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