Fast, up-tempo play is what NBA fans love and there are players today that absolutely take their ability to move to the next level. Whether it is outrunning an opponent down the court for an easy bucket or breaking down a defender with quick footwork and dribble moves, speed is a necessary attribute and can help turn a player into an All-Star.
There aren’t many accurate ways to determine speed in the NBA. Is it burst? Is it acceleration? Can you decipher it by watching a game? Or do you have to watch someone run some suicides? It’s a guessing game, and even with that, I attempted a list of the 25 fastest players in the NBA…
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25. JAMES HARDEN
Do not let his massive 6-5, 220-pound frame fool you. James Harden is one of the most athletic guards in the NBA. A player of his size should not be as fast as he is off the dribble. Basketball fans really witnessed his deceptive speed last season. There were several occasions where Harden made point guards look lost on the court. Harden’s speed will be a key factor in his rise to NBA hierarchy.
24. ANDRE IGUODALA
When Andre Iguodala is the focal point of a conversation, his dunks and sheer athletic ability are more than likely the topic. He is one of the fastest and most physically gifted players in the league. There are not many players who have his speed and agility in transition.
23. MIKE CONLEY JR.
Mike Conley Jr. is one of the most under-appreciated guards in the game today. His name is not brought up in the conversations for best at his position, but he is definitely one of the fastest. His elite speed allows him to blow by defenders on the fast break and dish out a beautiful assist, or finish strong at the rim. Hoop fans need to pay closer attention to his game.
22. ERIC GORDON
Some might be surprised by this pick, but let me explain. When Eric Gordon was in Los Angeles, he was flying up and down the court with no signs of slowing down. After he returned from his knee injury, it appeared Gordon had not skipped a beat. His speed (and power) is directly responsible for his offensive productivity.
21. ISAIAH THOMAS
Isaiah Thomas is extremely small, but this translates directly to blazing speed. He uses his 5-9, 185-pound frame to his advantage. NBA fans double-take when they see him run the length of the floor, and he plays with a high-motor every second. He uses his speed to generate easy buckets for an offensively-challenged Kings team.