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.

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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600 273
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
John Wall Washington Wizards

2
427 186
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers

3
584 272
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

4
478 216
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

5
393 230
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

6
323 187
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

7
311 189
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Michael Jordan Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

8
216 122
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

9
159 96
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons

10
106 54
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Nate Robinson New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder

11
124 77
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Chris Paul New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets

12
90 67
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

13
112 89
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Isaiah Thomas Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics

14
63 42
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Nate Archibald Kansas City Kings, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals

15
89 68
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Rajon Rondo Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls

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62 43
Speedy Claxton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Speedy Claxton Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans

17
59 45
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Clyde Drexler Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

18
71 61
Dennis Schröder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Dennis Schröder Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder

19
36 25
Ty Lawson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Ty Lawson Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets

20
43 33
Monta Ellis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Monta Ellis Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks

21
58 50
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Kenny Smith Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets

22
44 37
Brandon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Brandon Jennings Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards, New York Knicks

23
83 81
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors

24
47 41
Ish Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Ish Smith Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons

25
50 46
Eric Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Eric Bledsoe Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks

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31 31
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

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38 42
Jeff Teague is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Jeff Teague Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves

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35 39
Leandro Barbosa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Leandro Barbosa Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors

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31 38
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Kevin Durant Seattle Supersonics/ Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors

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17 21
Trey Burke is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Mario Myers added Trey Burke Utah Jazz, New York Knicks, Washington Wizards

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5 6
Paddy Mills is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
tomdenny added Paddy Mills San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers

32
19 27
T. J. Ford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
T. J. Ford Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs

33
14 21
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
VultureBones added Ben Simmons

34
17 26
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
John Havlicek Boston Celtics

35
17 27
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Avery Bradley Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics

36
12 22
Devin Harris is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Devin Harris Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets

37
13 24
Richard Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Richard Hamilton Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls

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10 20
Ronnie Price is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Ronnie Price Utah Jazz, Sacramento Kings

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11 22
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Steve Kerr Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic

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9 20
Tyronn Lue is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Tyronn Lue Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks

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9 22
Michael Beasley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Michael Beasley Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks

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14 30
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Draymond Green Golden State Warriors

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12 28
Aaron Brooks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Aaron Brooks Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves

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12 28
Eddie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Eddie Johnson Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Kansas City Kings

45
9 29
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs

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6 26
Sonny Parker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Sonny Parker Golden State Warriors

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5 24
Kwame Brown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Kwame Brown Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies

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6 29
Udonis Haslem is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Udonis Haslem Miami Heat

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9 38
Zaza Pachulia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Zaza Pachulia Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks