The Indianapolis Jets were a Basketball Association of America (BAA) team based in Indianapolis. They were founded as the Indianapolis Kautskys and used that name until the team joined the BAA. They played for one year in the BAA and then ceased operations due to the formation of the Indianapolis Olympians.
In 1931 Frank Kautsky, an Indianapolis grocer, formed a professional basketball team and named it the Indianapolis Kautskys. After playing in the National Basketball League (1932–33) and the Midwest Basketball Conference (1935–37), the Kautskys became one of the original members of the newly-formed National Basketball League (NBL) in 1937.
With the Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals, and Fort Wayne Pistons, the team moved to the Basketball Association of America (BAA) for the 1948–49 season. At that time the team's name was changed to the Indianapolis Jets because the BAA prevented its teams from having commercial sponsors, similar to how the Fort Wayne Pistons removed the Zollner sponsor from their original name.
After the 1948–49 season the BAA and the NBL merged to form the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Indianapolis Olympians had already been admitted into the NBL, effective with the 1949–50 season. Because the merger meant there would be two teams from Indianapolis, the Jets ceased operations in favor of the Olympians.
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win–Loss %
|Indianapolis Kautskys (MBC)|
|1935–36||9||3||0.750||Round Robin Tourney|
|1936–37||2||5||0.286||Did not qualify|
|Indianapolis Kautskys (NBL)|
|1937–38||4||9||0.308||Did not qualify|
|1938–39||13||13||0.500||Did not qualify|
|1939–40||9||19||0.321||Did not qualify|
|1945–46||10||22||0.312||Did not qualify|
|Indianapolis Jets (BAA)|
|1948–49||18||42||0.300||Did not qualify|
- Bruce Hale
- Bob Kessler
- Branch McCracken
- Charles "Stretch" Murphy
- William Perigo
- Cy Proffitt
- Arnie Risen
- Herm Schaefer
- Edward Shaver
- Dave Strack
- John Wooden
- Jewell Young
Basketball Hall of Famers
- "National Basketball League 1932-33". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
- "Midwest Basketball Conference [1935-36 to 1936-37]". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
- Biesel, David B. (1991). Can You Name that Team?: A Guide to Professional Baseball, Football, Soccer, Hockey, and Basketball Teams and Leagues. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. pp. 33–34. ISBN 0-8108-2458-2.
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