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Don Kojis, Rockets’ first All-Star, dies at 82

Don Kojis with San Diego Rockets

SAN DIEGO, CA - 1967: Don Kojis #44 of the San Diego Rockets poses a portrait at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California circa 1967. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1967 NBAE (Photo by NBA Photos/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Back when the NBA gave each team an All-Star, Don Kojis represented the expansion San Diego Rockets in the 1968 All-Star game.

The next year, Kojis showed he could qualify beyond just filling a quota. Kojis started the 1969 All-Star game as the Rockets’ second All-Star, alongside Elvin Hayes.

The two-time All-Star, Kojis died at 82.

Kojis was a member of three expansion teams.

Originally drafted in the second round out of Marquette in 1961 by the newly formed Chicago Zephyrs (who became the Washington Wizards), he joined the team once it moved to Baltimore (as the Bullets) in 1963.

After getting sent to the Pistons in the Bailey Howell-Don Ohl-Terry Dischinger trade and playing a two-year stint in Detroit, Kojis got picked by the Chicago Bulls in the 1966 expansion draft. The Rockets took Kojis in their expansion draft the next year.

Kojis finished his 12-year NBA career with the Seattle SuperSonics and Kansas City-Omaha Kings.