Indianapolis Jets

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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.

Indianapolis Jets
LeaguesNBL: 1946–1949
NBA: 1949–1950
NPBL: 1950–1951
Indianapolis Kautskys
Indianapolis Jets
ArenaButler Fieldhouse (15,000)
LocationIndianapolis, Indiana
Team colorsNavy Blue, White          

Franchise historyEdit

In 1931 Frank Kautsky, an Indianapolis grocer, formed a professional basketball team and named it the Indianapolis Kautskys. After playing in the Midwest Basketball Conference (1932–33)[1] and the National Basketball League (1935–37),[2] the Kautskys became one of the original members of the newly-formed National Basketball League (NBL) in 1937.[3]

1946-47 was the best season for the franchise; led by Arnie Risen, they set the franchise mark for most wins (27) and won the World Professional Basketball Tournament.

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]

Following the 1948-49 season, the Jets folded. This coincided with the BAA and the NBL merging to form the National Basketball Association (NBA). For the 1949-50 season, a new Indianapolis franchise, the Indianapolis Olympians, was created.[3]

Season-by-season recordsEdit

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 FamersEdit

Indianapolis Jets Hall of Famers
No. Name Position Tenure Inducted
Arnie Risen C 1945–1948 1998
John Wooden G 1938–1939 1960
Charles "Stretch" Murphy C 1932–1934 1960
Branch McCracken C/F/G 1960


  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.