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The Fastest NBA Players of All Time 

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Updated October 11, 2019 18k votes 2.7k voters 20.8k views 120 items

List Rules Best players in NBA history who were known for their elite speed

This list is composed of the fastest NBA players of all time, ranked by overall speed and talent level. The NBA measures straight-line speed at the yearly NBA combine, as well as quickness, lateral agility, and many other athletic traits. However, speed in the NBA isn't as focused on the numbers, and is instead simply quantified by the jaw-dropping speed-related feats these NBA players perform on a nightly basis. Due to top-level speed, many of the fastest NBA players are also among the greatest NBA players of all time.

This list is a collection of which players displayed the most amazing, game-changing speed in NBA history. Typically, the fastest NBA players are point guards such as Russell Westbrook and John Wall, since they are often the smallest, although certain anomalies like LeBron James and Michael Jordan find themselves among the fastest NBA players despite being bigger and stronger.

Go ahead and rank the fastest NBA players of all time, and when you're done, head on over to rank the fastest NFL players of all time

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John Wall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Raleigh, North Carolina

Teams: Washington Wizards

Age: 29

Number: 2

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2
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
3
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Teams: Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers

Age: 31

Number: 1

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4
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Hampton, Virginia, United States of America

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Memphis Grizzlies

Age: 44

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5
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 35

Number: 23

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6
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City, New York, United States of America

Teams: Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

Age: 56

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7
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Teams: Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

Age: 37

Number: 3

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8
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Melbourne, Australia

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

Age: 27

Number: 2

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9
De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Cory Almond added

Teams: Sacramento Kings

Number: 5

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10
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Age: 58

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11
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Seattle, Washington

Teams: New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Pelicans

Age: 35

Number: 2

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12
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
quang.chu005 added Small forward and Point forward from Athens, Greece

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 25

Number: 34

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13
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Point guard from Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Teams: Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors

Age: 54

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14
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Tacoma, Washington

Teams: Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers

Age: 30

Number: 22

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15
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

Teams: New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets

Age: 34

Number: 3

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16
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Bruges, Belgium

Teams: San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

Age: 37

Number: 9

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17
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Point guard from New York City, New York

Teams: Boston Celtics

Age: 29

Number: 15

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18
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

Age: 57

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19
Speedy Claxton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Hempstead, New York

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors

Age: 41

20
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Point guard from Oakland, California, United States of America

Teams: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 51

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21
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from New York City, New York

Teams: Kansas City Kings, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 71

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22
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Teams: Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings

Age: 33

Number: 9

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23
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Point guard from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 31

Number: 30

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24
Dennis Schröder is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard / Shooting guard from Braunschweig, Germany

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 26

Number: 17

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25
Eric Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Birmingham, Alabama

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 30

Number: 6

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