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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548 231
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers

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724 334
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Washington Wizards

3
714 329
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Oklahoma City Thunder

4
569 258
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

5
461 273
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

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368 217
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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372 227
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

8
262 148
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

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139 75
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder

10
184 118
Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Detroit Pistons

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150 102
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets

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142 109
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics

13
82 58
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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78 55
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Kansas City Kings, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals

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74 54
Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

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79 60
Speedy Claxton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, New Orleans Pelicans

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90 72
Dennis Schröder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder

18
104 90
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

19
99 85
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls

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64 54
Eric Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks

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54 44
Monta Ellis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks

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57 51
Ish Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons

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100 101
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Golden State Warriors

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44 37
Ty Lawson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets

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64 63
Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets

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48 50
Brandon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards, New York Knicks

27
44 49
Leandro Barbosa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors

28
5 0
Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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44 52
Jeff Teague is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves

30
40 47
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
5IrishChickens added Los Angeles Lakers

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3 0
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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41 52
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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2 1
Devin Booker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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2 1
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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2 1
Baron Davis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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9 11
Paddy Mills is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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2 2
Shaun Livingston is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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1 1
Nate Thurmond is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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23 31
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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Raymond Felton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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Glen Rice is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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2 4
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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2 4
Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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2 4
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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yongjinyit is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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1 3
Trae Young is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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21 31
T. J. Ford is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs