Providence Steamrollers

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This article is about the 1940s basketball team. For the 1920s NFL team, see Providence Steam Roller.
Providence Steamrollers
Providence Steamrollers logo
Division Eastern Division
Founded 1946
History 1946–49
Arena Rhode Island Auditorium
Location Providence, Rhode Island
Team colors Red, White, and Black
Ownership Louis Pieri
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The Providence Steamrollers were a Basketball Association of America team based in Providence, Rhode Island.[1] As of 2015, the Steamrollers remain the last professional sports franchise from one of the Big Four leagues to be based in Rhode Island, and none are currently planned to relocate or expand to the state.

Franchise history[edit]

The Steamrollers were one of the original eleven NBA franchises (when the league was called the Basketball Association of America). The franchise posted an all-time record of 46–122 (.274) before folding after three seasons.

The Steamrollers still hold the dubious NBA record for the fewest games won in a season with six, in the 1947–48 season. However, the 2011-2012 Charlotte Bobcats hold the record for the lowest winning percentage in NBA history, with .106. Also during the 1947–48 season, the Steamrollers' coach Nat Hickey activated himself as a player for one game two days before his 46th birthday, setting a still-standing record as the oldest player in NBA history.

Players of note[edit]

Coaches and others[edit]

Season-by-season records[edit]

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

Season W L  % Playoffs Results
Providence Steamrollers (BAA)
1946–47 28 32 .467
1947–48 6 42 .125
1948–49 12 48 .200