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The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

Updated October 11, 2019 20.4k votes 2.8k voters 21.3k 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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  • 1
    De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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    94

    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

  • 2
    Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    978
    428

    Allen Iverson

    Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia, United States of America

  • 3
    Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    982
    443

    Derrick Rose

    Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Number1

  • 4
    John Wall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    1,148
    534

    John Wall

    Washington Wizards

    PositionPoint guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina

    Number2

  • 5
    Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    1,177
    557

    Russell Westbrook

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    Number0

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  • 6
    Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    519
    274

    Dwyane Wade

    Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Number3

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  • 7
    Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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    383

    Michael Jordan

    Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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  • 8
    Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    340
    195

    Isiah Thomas

    Detroit Pistons

    PositionPoint guard

    Age58

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

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  • 9
    LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    714
    467

    LeBron James

    Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number23

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  • 10
    Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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    370

    Kyrie Irving

    Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

    PositionPoint guard

    Age27

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Number2

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  • 11
    Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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    169

    Nate Robinson

    New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

    PositionPoint guard

    Age35

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Number2

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  • 12
    Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    189
    106

    Muggsy Bogues

    Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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  • 13
    Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    135
    73

    Kemba Walker

    Boston Celtics

    PositionPoint guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Number15

  • 14
    Clyde Drexler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    151
    88

    Clyde Drexler

    Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

  • 15
    Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    241
    164

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionSmall forward, Point forward

    Age25

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    Number34

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  • 16
    Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    130
    73

    Gary Payton

    Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age51

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

  • 17
    Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    255
    193

    Isaiah Thomas

    Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns

    PositionPoint guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    Number22

  • 18
    Collin Sexton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    63
    22

    Collin Sexton

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    PositionPoint guard

    Number2

  • 19
    Speedy Claxton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    154
    104

    Speedy Claxton

    Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age41

    BirthplaceHempstead, New York

  • 20
    Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    197
    143

    Tony Parker

    San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    Number9

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  • 21
    Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    140
    95

    Nate Archibald

    Kansas City Kings, New York Nets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age71

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

  • 22
    Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    245
    192

    Chris Paul

    New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

    Number3

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  • 23
    Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    42
    11

    Spud Webb

    Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings

    PositionPoint guard

    Age56

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

  • 24
    Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
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    132

    Rajon Rondo

    Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans

    PositionPoint guard

    Age33

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Number9

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  • 25
    Eric Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Fastest NBA Players of All Time
    112
    85

    Eric Bledsoe

    Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns

    PositionPoint guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    Number6

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