The Fastest PGs in the NBA
Have you ever seen Derrick Rose or Tony Parker streaking away to the basket and simply been mesmerized at how fast they were moving?
Or have you ever watched Russell Westbrook and John Wall slash their way to the rim and wondered just who was the fastest out of the two of them?
If you have, then this is the list for you.
Plenty of players in the NBA are ridiculously fast, but just who the fastest player is...well, that's something that's always going to be up for debate. So let's break it down—just looking at point guards—and see who the quickest point guards in the league are.
There's not a whole lot of numbers on this (just the three-quarters court sprint time at the draft combine), meaning that a lot of what's to come will be pretty subjective.
So if you think there's someone that was left off this list or someone that made the list that shouldn't have, make sure you have your say in the comments section below.
Let's take a look at the fastest point guards in the NBA.
15. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
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Kicking off our list is Cleveland star Kyrie Irving, who in just his second year of the NBA has already proven himself to be one of the more potent point guards in the game.
Irving's ability to weave his way through traffic and attack the rim is all set up by his speed, which allows him to pull off some simply ridiculous moves and score some outrageous baskets.
Check out Irving's game-winning layup against the Denver Nuggets, where he goes coast to coast to seal the win for the Cavaliers.
14. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
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Boston Celtics' do-it-all man Rajon Rondo might get more notoriety for his incredible assist work and ability to keep the aging Celtics in the playoff hunt every year, but his speed also deserves to get a mention as one of his strongest attributes.
Be it slicing his way toward the rim or hustling on defense, Rondo has proven himself to be one of the most explosive point guards in the game over the years.
Have a look at Rondo's incredible hustle play on defense against the Orlando Magic.
13. Norris Cole, Miami Heat
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Norris Cole won't ever get the media attention that his Miami Heat teammates do or even the starting gig from Mario Chalmers, but there is little doubting the 24-year-old's ability to simply blow his opponents away at any given moment.
The Heat point guard has excellent range, particularly from deep, but also possesses a devastating turn of pace that can lead him straight by his opponents. His pace and athletic ability make him one of the more exciting prospects in the game, should he receive significant playing time.
Check out Cole's lane-splitting layup against the Atlanta Hawks.
12. Darren Collison, Dallas Mavericks
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A former first-round draft pick, Darren Collison is another one of those players that, if given the right driving lane and opportunity, is more than capable of blowing right by his opponents.
His speed allows him to open up the game in transition and turn an otherwise even opportunity to his advantage—be that going forward on a fast break or getting back and causing that wayward pass or potential steal opportunity.
Averaging more minutes this year with the Dallas Mavericks than ever before, Collison will be allowed even more opportunities to show off his deadly speed—not that he really ever needed additional opportunities to leave his opponents clutching at thin air.
Watch this montage of highlights from Collison's rookie season in the league.
11. Aaron Brooks, Sacramento Kings
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Time to get into some names perhaps less expected on this list: Sacramento Kings point guard Aaron Brooks is one who might not have come to mind immediately when talking about speed.
But speed he has.
When he unleashes his rocket feet, it's definitely obvious that Brooks has what it takes to be considered one of the fastest guards in the league. Definitely worth consideration into this list.
Check out Brooks beating the entire San Antonio Spurs team.
Warning: music over the top of video includes inappropriate language.
10. Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers
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Inside the top 10 now and we have a look at another player who you might not expect to see here—former Weber State guard Damian Lillard.
The Portland rookie is having a stellar year to date in the NBA, and whilst we might not know just how good he will be in the future, his current form is sensational—and much of that is built upon the speed that he brings.
His work rate in transition is phenomenal—again, courtesy of his pace—and his shooting is simply extraordinary. As we said above, where the ceiling is on Lillard we don't quite know, but what we do know is that he is a truly explosive player who brings incredible speed to the league.
Check out this video courtesy of Draft Express of Lillard playing for Weber State last season.
9. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
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If you'd have asked the question four or five years ago as to who the fastest point guard in the league was, Tony Parker would have featured in nearly every person's top three.
The San Antonio Spurs man is simply phenomenal on the court and, according to some old statistics (per ProBasketball Talk), was the fastest player in the game at one stage.
And whilst that speed has dropped off a little due to his age, Parker still has a phenomenal turn of pace when he needs to use it and can cut to the basket better than most guards in the game because of it.
There's little doubt that the veteran still has what it takes to be considered one of the fastest guards in the game, as he proves it nearly every time he takes the court.
Check out Parker's recent layup against Oklahoma City in last year's NBA playoffs.
8. Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks
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Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings is perhaps the very definition of the word "explosive," and whilst he still seemingly has some maturing to do in his game, one cannot question his speed or ability do open up defenses because of it.
Be it in transition, on a fast break or once the defense has already set, Jennings' speed is always tough for opponents to handle and contain—as we've seen plenty of times before.
Check out Jennings carve up the Washington Wizards.
7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
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Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook is perhaps similar to the player mentioned just before, Brandon Jennings, on a couple of different counts, but most of all because of his sheer speed and driving ability.
The 24-year-old has matured a lot since his arrival in the game, and whilst he still has some work to do, there is little doubting his ability to carve open his opponents and blow right by the man that was supposed to be containing him.
In fact, I think you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't consider Westbrook as one of the fastest point guards in the game. Period.
Enjoy this video of some current NBA players discussing Westbrook's speed, as well as some highlights of the Thunder star in action.
6. Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks
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Jeff Teague has serious speed.
I'm sure somewhere out there, that bumper sticker exists—simply because of the raw pace and agility that Teague brings every time he takes the court.
He might not be the star of Atlanta just yet, but the Hawks point guard is slowly proving that he is a quality player in the league and that his ability to get past opponents and straight to the hole will be a deadly aspect of the his team's game going forward.
Watch Teague blow past the Boston Celtics for the easy dunk.
5. Nate Robinson, Chicago Bulls
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We're into the top five here and there can be little debate about Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson, who boasts one of the quickest first steps in basketball.
According to Draft Express, Robinson ran a sub-3 second time in his three-quarters court sprint—a freakishly good time—that only hints at his raw speed and potential to shoot straight past his opponents.
Robinson's smaller size allows him to get lower to the ground and accelerate with his quick first step that usually leaves players trailing in his wake. And by usually, we mean pretty much always.
Check out Robinson blowing past Jeremy Lin for an incredible layup.
4. John Wall, Washington Wizards
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John Wall's inclusion on any "fastest guys in the NBA" list is what we'd call a no-brainer, with the Washington Wizards point guard proving himself to be the very definition of speed itself.
Perhaps this video would be better.
Check out Wall's speed on the fast break as he gets the circus shot to fall.
3. Devin Harris, Atlanta Hawks
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Inside the top three now and we head back to Atlanta for another point guard with an abundance of speed, Devin Harris, who at least according to the Guinness World Records, is the fastest player in the NBA when dribbling with the ball.
We don't know whether Wall or any other of the league's speedsters could beat that record, because, well, nobody has seemingly tried to beat the record.
What we do know, however, is that Harris is a seriously quick guy who is more than capable of leaving defenders looking very, very foolish because of his acceleration.
Take a look at Harris blowing right past the Boston Celtics.
2. Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets
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Coming in at No. 2 here is Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson, who continues to prove himself as one of the fastest guys in the league—both going forward and getting back in defense.
The Nuggets guard can seemingly kick it up a gear whenever he needs to and, with a blistering turn of pace, is incredibly tough to try and contain in attack.
He might not attack the rim with the same tenacity that Derrick Rose or John Wall do, but Lawson's pace is still right up there with some of the fastest guys in the league and, for my list, ridiculously close to being the quickest guard in the game.
Check out Lawson kick it up a gear and shoot through the Los Angeles Lakers.
1. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
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There was simply no way that Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose wasn't going to feature in this list about the fastest point guards in the game. And there was simply no way that any player other than Rose can be considered the quickest point guard in the game.
I mean, seriously, it's Derrick Rose.
Anyone who has seen the Bulls star play knows just how quick Rose can be and how little time it takes him to reach his top speed, which is significantly quicker than nearly every other guy in the league.
One second you think he's under wraps; the next second Rose is soaring toward the rim, and you know there's only one outcome when that happens.
Just ask the New York Knicks.
Watch Rose explode for the two-handed jam against the Knicks.
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