The Dayton Rens was a professional basketball team in Dayton, Ohio. The team played in the National Basketball League, which formed in 1937. In 1949, this league joined with the Basketball Association of America to form the National Basketball Association.
The Dayton Rens played less than one season (1948-1949). The team replaced the Detroit Vagabond Kings, a squad from Detroit, Michigan. The Vagabond Kings disbanded on December 17, 1948. The Rens finished last in the the National Basketball League’s Eastern Division. The Vagabond Kings/Rens won sixteen and lost forty-three games. Due to the termination of the National Basketball League, the Dayton Rens disbanded at the end of the season.