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The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

Updated October 11, 2019 20.1k votes 2.9k voters 22.0k 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.

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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  • Allen Iverson1
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    Allen Iverson

    Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age45

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia, United States of America

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    #1 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#2 of 22 The Greatest Georgetown Basketball Players of All Time

  • Derrick Rose2
    952
    426

    Derrick Rose

    Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks

    PositionPoint guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Number1

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    #2 of 46 The Greatest Memphis Basketball Players of All Time#12 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

  • De'Aaron Fox3
    340
    116

    De'Aaron Fox

    Sacramento Kings

    PositionPoint Guard

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, LA

    Number5

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

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  • John Wall4
    1,121
    513

    John Wall

    Washington Wizards

    PositionPoint guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina

    Number2

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  • Russell Westbrook5
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    533

    Russell Westbrook

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionPoint guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    Number0

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  • Dwyane Wade6
    518
    265

    Dwyane Wade

    Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age38

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Number3

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    #35 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today#451 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Michael Jordan7
    637
    379

    Michael Jordan

    Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • LeBron James8
    701
    456

    LeBron James

    Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    Number23

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  • Isiah Thomas9
    334
    195

    Isiah Thomas

    Detroit Pistons

    PositionPoint guard

    Age59

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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    #1 of 65 The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time#44 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

  • Kyrie Irving10
    555
    357

    Kyrie Irving

    Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

    PositionPoint guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Number2

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  • Muggsy Bogues11
    203
    104

    Muggsy Bogues

    Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age55

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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    #26 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#18 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards

  • Nate Robinson12
    280
    165

    Nate Robinson

    New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

    PositionPoint guard

    Age36

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Number2

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    #26 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time#80 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • Clyde Drexler13
    152
    87

    Clyde Drexler

    Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age58

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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    #18 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time#4 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s

  • Kemba Walker14
    137
    76

    Kemba Walker

    Boston Celtics

    PositionPoint guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Number15

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    #2 of 41 The Greatest UConn Basketball Players of All Time#4 of 76 The Best Point Guards Currently in the NBA

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo15
    241
    163

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionSmall forward, Point forward

    Age26

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    Number34

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  • Tony Parker16
    199
    135

    Tony Parker

    San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age38

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    Number9

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    #13 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time#1422 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Speedy Claxton17
    155
    99

    Speedy Claxton

    Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age41

    BirthplaceHempstead, New York

  • Isaiah Thomas18
    250
    184

    Isaiah Thomas

    Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    Number22

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  • Gary Payton19
    129
    81

    Gary Payton

    Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age52

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

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    #150 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History#59 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes

  • Spud Webb20
    51
    12

    Spud Webb

    Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings

    PositionPoint guard

    Age57

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

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    #4 of 31 The Best NC State Basketball Players Ever#9 of 21 The Best Short Male Athletes

  • Chris Paul21
    240
    181

    Chris Paul

    New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age35

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina

    Number3

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  • Collin Sexton22
    68
    28

    Collin Sexton

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    PositionPoint guard

    Number2

  • Rajon Rondo23
    173
    123

    Rajon Rondo

    Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans

    PositionPoint guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Number9

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    #85 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#22 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

  • Nate Archibald24
    137
    94

    Nate Archibald

    Kansas City Kings, New York Nets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age71

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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    #4 of 25 The Best NBA Point Guards of the 1970s#6 of 20 The Best 80s NBA Point Guards

  • Eric Bledsoe25
    109
    80

    Eric Bledsoe

    Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    Number6

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