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The Fastest NBA Players of All Time 

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Updated October 11, 2019 16.7k votes 2.6k voters 19.5k 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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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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John Wall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Raleigh

Teams: Washington Wizards

Age: 29

Number: 2

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Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Hampton

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

Age: 44

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#12 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #47 of 290 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

4
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Chicago

Teams: Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers

Age: 31

Number: 1

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#150 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #3 of 85 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City

Teams: Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

Age: 56

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from Akron

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 35

Number: 23

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Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Melbourne

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

Age: 27

Number: 2

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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Chicago

Teams: Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

Age: 37

Number: 3

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#1,621 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #3 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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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

Proven By The Jump He Is 0.1 Feet Faster Than Russell Westbrook 25.0-24.9

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#705 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #6 of 148 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time

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

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Age: 58

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#127 of 290 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #4 of 158 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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

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

Age: 35

Number: 2

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#303 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #101 of 175 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History #69 of 158 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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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

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 25

Number: 34

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Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Tacoma

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

Age: 30

Number: 22

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#131 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #21 of 85 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today #13 of 132 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Winston-Salem

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

Age: 34

Number: 3

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Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Point guard from Baltimore

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

Age: 54

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#34 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #33 of 158 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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

Teams: San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

Age: 37

Number: 9

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17
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from New Orleans

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

Age: 57

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#19 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #6 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

18
Speedy Claxton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Hempstead

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

Age: 41

19
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Point guard from New York City

Teams: Boston Celtics

Age: 29

Number: 15

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

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

Age: 51

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

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

Age: 71

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#68 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #22 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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

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

Age: 33

Number: 9

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#2,060 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #219 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #90 of 290 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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Dennis Schröder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Point guard / Shooting guard from Braunschweig

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 26

Number: 17

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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Point guard from Akron

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 31

Number: 30

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#25 of 878 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #145 of 290 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 30

Number: 6

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#124 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #93 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History