Indianapolis Jets

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Indianapolis Jets
Division Western Division
Founded 1937
History Indianapolis Kautskys
Indianapolis Jets
Location Indianapolis, Indiana

The Indianapolis Jets were a Basketball Association of America team based in Indianapolis. The team lasted for one season and was later replaced by a new franchise.

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 Professional Basketball League (1932–33)[1] and the Midwest Basketball Conference (1935–37),[2] in 1937 the Kautskys became one of the original members of the National Basketball League (NBL).[3]

The team was one of four (along with the Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals, and Fort Wayne Pistons) that jumped to the BAA for the 1948–49 season. At that time the team's name was changed to the Indianapolis Jets because the BAA did not allow its teams to have 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. The Indianapolis Olympians had already been admitted into the NBL, effective with the 1949–50 season, since the merger meant that 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


Paul Bailey

Basketball Hall of Famers[edit]


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  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, Inc. pp. 33–34. ISBN 0-8108-2458-2.