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 – 1948 season. However, the 2011-2012 Charlotte Bobcats hold the record for the lowest winning percentage in NBA history, with .106. Also during the 1947 – 1948 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.
The Providence Steamrollers were a Basketball Association of America team based in Providence, Rhode Island. As of 2018, 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.
1946 – 1949 / Basketball Association of America
1946 – 1949 / Providence Steamrollers
Steamrollers – In the late 40’s the Providence, Rhode Island entry into the BAA/NBA was called the “Steamrollers.” A heavy, slow-moving vehicle with a roller, used to flatten the surfaces of roads during construction.
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1946 – 1949 / Rhode Island Auditorium
1946 – 1949 / Unknown
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