The Indianapolis Olympians were a founding National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Indianapolis, Indiana. They were founded in 1949 and folded in 1953. Their home arena was Butler Fieldhouse on the campus of Butler University--now known as Hinkle Fieldhouse.
|Team colors||Blue, white, red|
|Division titles||1 Western (1950)|
The Olympians were founded in 1949 to replace the Indianapolis Jets. The Olympians were led by University of Kentucky alumni Alex Groza and Ralph Beard, both of whom were key contributors on the gold medal winning 1948 US Olympic basketball team. Olympic team members Wallace Jones and Cliff Barker (both also Kentucky alumni) also played on the team. An Olympic alternate and UK grad, Joe Holland, played forward for the Indianapolis team through the 1952 season.
After the 1951 season, Groza and Beard were suspended from the NBA for life by commissioner Maurice Podoloff when the players admitted point shaving during their college careers. The Olympians finished with a 28–43 record in 1953, and folded after that season. The Olympians compiled a 132–137 record in four seasons in the NBA.
The Olympians still hold the distinction of being the winning team in the longest game in NBA history—they were the 75–73 victors in a six-overtime game against the Rochester Royals in a game played on January 6, 1951.
|NBA champions||Conference champions *||Division champions ^||Playoff berth #|
|1949–50||—||—||Western ^||1st #||39||25||.609||—||Won Western Division Semifinals vs. Sheboygan Red Skins, 2–1
Lost Western Division Finals vs. Anderson Packers, 1–2 
|1950–51||—||—||Western||4th #||31||37||.456||13||Lost Western Division Semifinals to Minneapolis Lakers, 1–2||Cliff Barker|
|1951–52||—||—||Western||3rd #||34||32||.515||7||Lost Western Division Semifinals to Minneapolis Lakers, 0–2||Herm Schaefer|
|1952–53||—||—||Western||4th #||28||43||.394||20.5||Lost Western Division Semifinals to Minneapolis Lakers, 0–2||Herm Schaefer|
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- The Finish column lists regular season results and excludes postseason play.
- The Wins and Losses columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play. Regular and postseason records are combined only below the table.
- "Olympians hold longest NBA game in history". The Indianapolis Star. January 14, 2016. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
- "1949-1950 Indianapolis Olympians". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
- "1950-1951 Indianapolis Olympians". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
- "1951-1952 Indianapolis Olympians". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
- "1952-1953 Indianapolis Olympians". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 16, 2014.