NBA The Fastest NBA Players of All Time  

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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.

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286 133
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

2
315 151
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
John Wall Washington Wizards

3
234 107
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers

4
314 155
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

5
184 108
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

6
207 129
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

7
174 105
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Michael Jordan Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

8
85 46
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons

9
113 71
De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added De'Aaron Fox

10
74 44
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets

11
124 88
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

12
67 42
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Giannis Antetokounmpo

13
77 51
Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Julius Erving Philadelphia 76ers, New York Nets

14
69 44
Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Muggsy Bogues Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Toronto Raptors

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53 30
Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Gary Payton Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics

16
54 32
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Nate Robinson New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder

17
84 59
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers

18
52 34
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs

19
54 37
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls

20
72 56
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Isaiah Thomas Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics

21
37 24
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Kemba Walker

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42 33
Dennis Schröder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Dennis Schröder Atlanta Hawks

23
42 37
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Stephen Curry

24
25 20
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Gregg Popovich

25
25 20
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Tim Hardaway Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

26
30 26
Eric Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Eric Bledsoe Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks

27
36 34
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Kenny Smith Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets

28
28 26
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Clyde Drexler Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

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25 23
Speedy Claxton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Speedy Claxton Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans

30
25 24
Scottie Pippen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Scottie Pippen Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls

31
23 23
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Nate Archibald Kansas City Kings, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals

32
16 16
Fat Lever is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Fat Lever Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets

33
13 13
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Jason Kidd Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets

34
22 24
Ish Smith is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Ish Smith Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons

35
21 23
Brandon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Brandon Jennings Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards, New York Knicks

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14 15
Ty Lawson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Ty Lawson Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets

37
17 19
Monta Ellis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Monta Ellis Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks

38
10 11
Darren Collison is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Darren Collison

39
1 0
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
VultureBones added Ben Simmons

40
8 9
Damon Stoudamire is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Damon Stoudamire Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors

41
20 24
Leandro Barbosa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Leandro Barbosa Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors

42
24 29
Jeff Teague is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Jeff Teague Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves

The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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2 2
Nick Hughes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
JackBullock added Nick Hughes

44
10 12
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Maurice Cheeks Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets

45
8 10
Mookie Blaylock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Mookie Blaylock Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors

46
11 14
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

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3 4
Trey Burke is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Mario Myers added Trey Burke

48
13 17
Jason Terry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Jason Terry Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks

49
12 18
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Avery Bradley Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics

50
7 12
Ronnie Price is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Ronnie Price Utah Jazz, Sacramento Kings