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Tri-Cities Blackhawks Logo
a.k.a. Bisons
1947-1949 3
The team's origins can be traced to the establishment of the Buffalo Bisons in 1946 in Buffalo, New York, a member of the National Basketball League (NBL) owned by Ben Kerner and Leo Ferris. After 38 ...
Syracuse Nationals Logo
1947-1949 3
Founded in 1946 and originally known as the Syracuse Nationals, they are one of the oldest franchises in the NBA and one of only eight (out of 23) to survive the league's first decade. The 76ers have...
Denver Nuggets Logo
1949-1949 1
The Denver Nuggets were a professional basketball team based in Denver. The Nuggets joined the National Basketball League (NBL) for the 1948–49 season, and then joined the National Basketball Associat...
Anderson Duffey Packers Logo
1947-1949 3 1
The Anderson Packers, also known as the Anderson Duffey Packers and the Chief Anderson Meat Packers, were a professional basketball team based in Anderson, Indiana, in the 1940s and 1950s. The team w...
Sheboygan Red Skins Logo
1939-1949 11 2
The Redskins played in three professional leagues and as an independent team. The leagues were, in order, the National Basketball League (NBL); the National Basketball Association (charter member), an...
Waterloo Hawks Logo
1949-1949 1
The Waterloo Hawks were founded in 1948, playing in the National Basketball League. In 1949, the National Basketball League was absorbed by its rival, the Basketball Association of America, forming th...
Hammond Calumet Buccaneers - Logo
Hammond tried unsuccessfully to raise the financial backing to join the NBA and folded after the 1948-49 NBL season. Their players were assigned to the Waterloo franchise.
Dayton Rens Logo
1949-1949 1
Formerly the New York Renaissance, or Rens, moved to Dayton, Ohio in the middle of the NBL season to replace the Detroit Vagabond Kings, who went out of existence on December 17, 1948.
Detroit Vagabond Kings - Logo
The Vagabond Kings only played half a season in the NBL before dropping out and being replaced by the Dayton Rens. They continued playing barnstorming games well into the 1950s.
Oshkosh All-Stars Logo
1938-1949 12 2
The Oshkosh All-Stars were a professional basketball team based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Founded in 1929 by Lonnie Darling, the team was a member of the National Basketball League, a forerunner to the N...
Fort Wayne Pistons Logo
1942-1948 7 2
The team was founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons in 1941, a member of the National Basketball League (NBL), where it won two NBL championships: in 1944 and 1945. The Pisto...
Minneapolis Lakers Logo
1948-1948 1 1
The franchise began with the 1947 purchase of a disbanded team, the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League (NBL). The new team began playing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, calling themselves the M...
Rochester Royals Logo
1946-1948 3 1
The franchise began with the Rochester Seagrams (a semi-professional team) from Rochester, New York, that formed in 1923 and hosted a number of teams there over the next 20 years. They joined the Nati...
Toledo Jeeps Logo
a.k.a. Jim White Chevrolets
1942-1948 7
The Toledo Jeeps were a professional basketball team that played in the National Basketball League from 1946 to 1948. As with many other NBL teams, they owed their name to an industry of their hometow...
Flint Dow A.C's Logo
1948-1948 1
The Flint Dow A.C.'s, an American professional basketball team that played in the National Basketball League during the 1947–48 season....
Indianapolis Kautskys Logo
1938-1948 11
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) and the Nation...
Detroit Gems Logo
1947-1947 1
The franchise began with the 1947 purchase of a disbanded team, the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League (NBL). The new team began playing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, calling themselves the M...
Youngstown Bears Logo
1946-1947 2
The Youngstown Bears were a basketball team based in Youngstown, Ohio. They played two seasons (1945–1947) in the National Basketball League, before disbanding due to poor performances. ...
Chicago American Gears Logo
1945-1947 3 1
The Gears are notable in professional basketball history for two things. First, they were the rookie year pro team of basketball legend George Mikan. Mikan had starred at local DePaul University as a ...
Cleveland Allmen Transfers Logo
a.k.a. Chase Brassmen
1944-1946 3
The Cleveland Chase Brassmen were an American professional basketball team that played in the National Basketball League during the 1943–44 season but was known as the Cleveland Allmen Transfers from ...
Pittsburgh Raiders Logo
a.k.a. Pirates
1938-1945 8
The Pittsburgh Pirates were an American professional basketball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The team was one of the thirteen founding members of the National Basketball League (NBL), which...
Chicago Studebaker Flyers Logo
a.k.a. Bruins
1940-1943 4
The Chicago Studebaker Flyers (also known as the Chicago Studebakers) were a National Basketball League team from 1942 to 1943. They were funded by the United Auto Workers and replaced George Halas's ...
Akron Goodyear Wingfoots Logo
The Akron Goodyear Wingfoots are one of the oldest basketball teams in the United States. They were founded in 1918, by the workers at the Goodyear Tire Company, in Akron, Ohio. The teams, while givin...
Akron Firestone Non-Skids Logo
The Akron Firestone Non-Skids were an American professional basketball team based in Akron, Ohio. The team was one of the thirteen founding members of the National Basketball League (NBL), which forme...
Hammond Ciesar All-Americans Logo
The team was founded in 1936 in Whiting, Indiana as the Whiting Ciesar All-Americans, where they played in the Midwest Basketball Conference. They changed their name in for the 1938-39 season to the H...
Detroit Eagles Logo
1940-1941 2
The Detroit Eagles were a professional basketball team based in Detroit, Michigan. Managed by Dutch Dehnert, they played in the National Basketball League from 1939 to 1941, then became a barnstorming...
Cleveland White Horses Logo
The Detroit Eagles were a professional basketball team based in Detroit, Michigan. Managed by Dutch Dehnert, they played in the National Basketball League from 1939 to 1941, then became a barnstorming...
Buffalo Bisons Logo
1938-1938 1
The Buffalo Bisons (also known as the Germans) were an American basketball team based in Buffalo, New York that was a member of the American Basketball League.
Warren Penns Logo
1938-1938 1
The Detroit Eagles were a professional basketball team based in Detroit, Michigan. Managed by Dutch Dehnert, they played in the National Basketball League from 1939 to 1941, then became a barnstorming...
Columbus Athletic Supply Logo
The Columbus Athletic Supply, an American professional basketball team that played in the National Basketball League during the 1937–38 season....
Fort Wayne General Electrics Logo
The General Electrics was set up as a corporate industrial team owned by the General Electric cooperation. The goal of the team was to use the games as a means of advertising for their products, and t...
Cincinnati Comellos - Logo
1938-1938 1
The Cincinnati Comellos, an American professional basketball team that played in the National Basketball League during the 1937–38 season....
Kankakee Gallagher Trojans - Logo
The Trojans are unique for being the only team to never have a player from another team play for them, and to never have any of their players ever play in any other professional basketball league.
Dayton Metropolitans Logo
1938-1938 1
Due to dismal performance, the Metropolitans disbanded at the end of the 1937-38 season.

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