Indianapolis Jets

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Indianapolis Jets
DivisionWestern Division
HistoryIndianapolis Kautskys
Indianapolis Jets
LocationIndianapolis, Indiana

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.

Franchise history[edit]

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)[1] and the Midwest Basketball Conference (1935–37),[2] the Kautskys became one of the original members of the newly-formed National Basketball League (NBL) in 1937.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win–Loss %

Season W L % Playoffs Results
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
1941–42 12 11 0.522 0–2
1945–46 10 22 0.312 Did not qualify
1946–47 27 17 0.614 2–3
1947–48 24 35 0.407 1–3
Indianapolis Jets (BAA)
1948–49 18 42 0.300 Did not qualify


Basketball Hall of Famers[edit]


  1. ^ "National Basketball League 1932-33". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "Midwest Basketball Conference [1935-36 to 1936-37]". The Association for Professional Basketball Research. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c 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.