NBA Power Rankings: LeBron James and the 10 Fastest Players in the NBA

Sachin AroraCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2011

NBA Power Rankings: LeBron James and the 10 Fastest Players in the NBA

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    In the NBA, speed has become something that every team needs. 

    The game of basketball has turned tides from being big man heavy to the game of guards. Speed is a nice weapon to have when you are a guard. 

    What classifies a player as fast? That's the thing. It could be mere speed from one end of the court to the other, speed without the ball, acceleration or even defensive quickness. 

    This list is going to take into account for all these categories, and more. 

    Honorable Mention: 

    T.J Ford

    Leandro Barbosa

    Ty Lawson

    Tony Parker

    Monta Ellis 

    Patrick Mills

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    Let's take a look at the fastest players in the NBA. 

10. John Wall, Washington Wizards

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    This year's No. 1 pick didn't get so much hype or a song written after him for no reason. John Wall is the most surefire star out of this years draft class, and he certainly is quick. 

    Wall has great ball handling skills and can get to the rim in a hurry. 

    He's fun to watch. 

9. Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets

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    Chris Paul used to be the fastest player in the NBA, but due to injuries he has slowed down substantially. 

    It's too bad considering Paul was just amazing to watch in transition, defense or even just blowing by his defender. 

8. Aaron Brooks, Houston Rockets

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    Aaron Brooks is another one of those guys who doesn't get enough credit for the things they do. Brooks carried the Rockets last year, and while he was out for a while this year, he's back and should get back to what he does best soon enough. 

    If Yao was healthy, some scary things could happen. 

7. Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics

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    Rajon Rondo may be a bad shooter. He may be overrated. His assists may be inflated. But one thing you cannot take away from him is his speed. 

    Rondo is known for getting steals and beating his man to the basket on the break or using incredible ball fakes. 

    Shaq can't do that. 

6. Darren Collison, Indiana Pacers

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    Darren Collison was asked who he thought the fastest player in the league was. He said, "Well, I think I am." He's certainly up there. 

    While Collison has been moderately disappointing for the Pacers this season after a stunning rookie campaign, he's still provided plenty of highlights to display his awesome speed. 

5. Devin Harris, New Jersey Nets

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    Devin Harris' speed is incredible. Last year he had the top score from court-to-court with the ball, and if that's not enough, just check out his games. 

    Harris has a sick crossover with a wicked step back jumper, and has defenses in awe with his quickness. 

    The point guard position isn't the problem for the Nets right now. 

4. Russell Westbrook, OKC Thunder

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    Westbrook has been carrying OKC all season along with Kevin Durant, and his speed is the primary reason. 

    Blowing by defenders is routine for him, and he's really elevated his game to the next level because he's learned how to be deceptive with his speed. 

    I don't know how many times I've watched this video. 

3. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

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    Well, they call him "Flash" for a reason. 

    Dwyane Wade is incredible in many ways. It seems like he can get to the basket at will with his quickness, and he's nearly impossible to stop in transition. 

    Yeah, he's pretty good. 

2. LeBron James, Miami Heat

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    Words can't describe how incredible LeBron is. 

    At 6'8", 250 pounds LeBron James is a physical beast and can out-muscle nearly anyone at his position. But what makes LeBron so special is his combination of speed and strength; it's unmatched. 

    He may as well be the fastest player from court to court, and he's so big and strong that he's basically unguardable. His quickness also allows him to record many monster blocks from behind when the other team is on the fast break. 

    There is a reason that teams fear the Heat. And I'll give you a hint: It ain't because of James Jones' threes. 

1. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

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    Derrick Rose has convinced many NBA critiques that he's the best point guard in the league, and it's pretty hard to argue against it. 

    Rose is unbelievable off the dribble and has awed many with his ball handling ability. Once Rose has you beat off the dribble, there's no catching him. 

    It seems like he doesn't even have to make a move to get to the rim, he uses pure quickness to just embarrass his defenders. 

    The scary thing is he's still young, and has tons of time to grow into one of the best point guards to ever play the game. 

    Thanks for reading.

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