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The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

Updated October 11, 2019 20.0k votes 2.9k voters 22.3k views120 items

List RulesBest 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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    Eric Bledsoe

    Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    Number6

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    #22 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time#31 of 55 Who Is The Fastest Player In The NBA Right Now?

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    Stephen Curry

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionPoint guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number30

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    #102 of 200 The Hottest Men Of 2021, Ranked#98 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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    Dennis Schröder

    Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionPoint guard

    Age27

    BirthplaceBraunschweig, Germany

    Number17

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    #100 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#37 of 130 The Best European NBA Players of All Time

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    #68 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#9 of 27 The Best NCAA Shooting Guards of the 90s

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    DeMar DeRozan

    San Antonio Spurs

    PositionShooting guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceCompton, California

    Number10

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    #11 of 75 The Best Current Wing Players in the NBA#167 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

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    Tim Hardaway

    Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors

    PositionPoint guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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    #14 of 77 US Men’s Olympic Basketball All-Time Dream Team#15 of 196 The Best NBA Players from California

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    Tracy McGrady

    Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age41

    BirthplaceBartow, Florida, United States of America

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    #22 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon#10 of 26 The Best Dunkers In NBA History

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    Kenny Anderson

    Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks

    PositionPoint guard

    Age50

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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    Jason Kidd

    Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns

    PositionPoint guard

    Age47

    BirthplaceUSA, California, San Francisco

    Number5

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    #451 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time#43 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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    Monta Ellis

    Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi

    Number11

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    Ty Lawson

    Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings

    PositionPoint guard

    Age33

    BirthplaceClinton, Maryland

    Number3

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    #3 of 33 Former NBA Players Currently Playing In China, Ranked#25 of 31 Athletes Who Are Clearly No Longer Focused on the Game

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    Leandro Barbosa

    Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age38

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    Number28

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    Andre Iguodala

    Miami Heat

    PositionSmall forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Illinois

    Number9

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    #75 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#15 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

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    Kevin Johnson

    Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceSacramento, California, United States of America

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    #28 of 56 People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame#5 of 24 The Best NCAA Point Guards of the '80s

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    Damon Stoudamire

    Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies

    PositionPoint guard

    Age47

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

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    Ish Smith

    Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons

    PositionPoint guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceCharlotte, North Carolina

    Number14

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    Micheal Ray Richardson

    Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors

    Age65

    BirthplaceLubbock, Texas

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    #15 of 20 The Best 80s NBA Point Guards#24 of 90 The Best New York Knicks of All Time

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    Trae Young

    Atlanta Hawks

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceLubbock, Texas

    Number11

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    #25 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today#15 of 265 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

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    Kenny Smith

    Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings

    PositionPoint guard

    Age55

    BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

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    #192 of 269 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#8 of 51 The Greatest UNC Tar Heels Basketball Players of All Time

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    Kevin Porter

    Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

    Age69

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

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    Brandon Jennings

    Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceCompton, California, United States of America

    Number3

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    #38 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players#38 of 75 The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

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    Rickey Green

    Indiana Pacers, Utah Jazz

    Age66

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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    #24 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time#9 of 18 The Best NCAA Point Guards of the 1970s

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    Terry Porter

    Portland Trail Blazers, Minnesota Timberwolves

    PositionPoint guard

    Age57

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

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    #12 of 33 The Worst Players Turned Coaches In Basketball History#5 of 55 The Best NBA Players from Wisconsin

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    Baron Davis

    Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans

    PositionPoint guard

    Age41

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

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    #10 of 42 The Greatest UCLA Basketball Players of All Time#7 of 66 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked

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    PositionPoint guard

    Age33

    BirthplaceFayetteville, Arkansas, United States of America

    Number11

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    #37 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today#8 of 33 The Greatest Ohio State Basketball Players of All Time