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The Fastest NBA Players of All Time

Updated October 11, 2019 20.8k votes 2.9k voters 21.5k 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
    Allen Iverson
    989
    436

    Allen Iverson

    Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia, United States of America

  • 2
    De'Aaron Fox
    331
    109

    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

  • 3
    Derrick Rose
    995
    447

    Derrick Rose

    Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Number1

  • 4
    John Wall
    1,159
    538

    John Wall

    Washington Wizards

    PositionPoint guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina

    Number2

  • 5
    Russell Westbrook
    1,189
    561

    Russell Westbrook

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    Number0

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  • 6
    Dwyane Wade
    532
    277

    Dwyane Wade

    Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Number3

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  • 7
    Michael Jordan
    654
    389

    Michael Jordan

    Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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  • 8
    Isiah Thomas
    346
    201

    Isiah Thomas

    Detroit Pistons

    PositionPoint guard

    Age58

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

  • 9
    LeBron James
    723
    474

    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
    576
    376

    Kyrie Irving

    Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics

    PositionPoint guard

    Age27

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Number2

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  • 11
    Nate Robinson
    290
    174

    Nate Robinson

    New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

    PositionPoint guard

    Age36

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Number2

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  • 12
    Muggsy Bogues
    196
    107

    Muggsy Bogues

    Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age55

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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  • 13
    Kemba Walker
    139
    74

    Kemba Walker

    Boston Celtics

    PositionPoint guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Number15

  • 14
    Clyde Drexler
    155
    92

    Clyde Drexler

    Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age57

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

  • 15
    Giannis Antetokounmpo
    246
    168

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Milwaukee Bucks

    PositionSmall forward, Point forward

    Age26

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    Number34

  • 16
    Gary Payton
    133
    77

    Gary Payton

    Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age51

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

  • 17
    Speedy Claxton
    159
    105

    Speedy Claxton

    Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age41

    BirthplaceHempstead, New York

  • 18
    Isaiah Thomas
    259
    196

    Isaiah Thomas

    Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns

    PositionPoint guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    Number22

  • 19
    Tony Parker
    202
    145

    Tony Parker

    San Antonio Spurs, Charlotte Hornets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age38

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    Number9

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  • 20
    Collin Sexton
    66
    26

    Collin Sexton

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    PositionPoint guard

    Number2

  • 21
    Chris Paul
    249
    195

    Chris Paul

    New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

    Number3

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  • 22
    Spud Webb
    48
    12

    Spud Webb

    Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings

    PositionPoint guard

    Age57

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

  • 23
    Rajon Rondo
    176
    132

    Rajon Rondo

    Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans

    PositionPoint guard

    Age33

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Number9

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  • 24
    Nate Archibald
    141
    100

    Nate Archibald

    Kansas City Kings, New York Nets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age71

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

  • 25
    Eric Bledsoe
    114
    86

    Eric Bledsoe

    Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns

    PositionPoint guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    Number6